The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of California, accuses Maddow of making the claim in retaliation for OANN president Charles Herring accusing Comcast, MSNBC’s parent company, of “anti-competitive censorship” in refusing to carry the network as part of its cable programming, according to the publication.
The lawsuit accuses Maddow of “[knowing] this statement was false” and making it with the intent of damaging the company’s business due to its vocal support of President Trump. It claims that in response to a retraction request, counsel for NBC Universal said Maddow was using “literally” in a figurative sense.
Maddow based the segment in question, which aired July 22, on a Daily Beast article reporting that on-air OANN correspondent Kristian Brunovich Rouz was also writing for state-owned Russian news outlet Sputnik, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“Their on-air U.S. politics reporter is paid by the Russian government to produce propaganda for that government.”Rachel Maddow
July 22, 2019
The Daily Beast report claims Herring “cut off contact” after the publication submitted written questions regarding OANN’s relationship with Rouz at his invitation.
The left never quits with this Russia Bullshit!