Trump Sues CNN for Fake News, Will Go After Other Media Outlets Too
45th president suing network for 'repeated defamatory statements'
President Donald Trump has announced that he is suing CNN for smearing him with fake news reports.
Trump accused the far-left networks of making "repeated defamatory statements" about him.
The 45th president also sent a warning that he will take similar action against other media outlets as well.
In a 282-page letter addressed to CNN’s Chief Executive Officer Chris Licht and CNN’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel David Vigilante, Trump demands the network publishes what is described as:
…a full and fair correction, apology, or retraction, in the same editions or corresponding issues of the website publication in which the aforementioned articles, transcripts, or broadcasts appeared and in as conspicuous a place and type as said original article, transcript or broadcast within ten (10) days from the date of service of this notice.
“Failure to publish such a correction, apology, or retraction will result in the filing of a lawsuit and damages being sought against you, CNN,” the letter reads.
The letter goes on to detail several examples of what Trump’s team contends is defamation.
The first topic listed is the 2016 election, in which Trump’s team notes that CNN “repeatedly allowed for assertions that President Trump was illegitimately elected.”
Those assertions went “largely unchallenged,” the letter notes.
The letter also focuses on the 2020 election, contending that CNN’s reporting “both before the election as well as after the election, consistently fed a narrative that denounced President Trump’s legitimacy and competency”:
The reporting appears to be results-oriented, as betrayed in an undercover video: A CNN employee was filmed discussing the Defendant’s coverage of the 2020 presidential election.
The employee boasted that CNN helped to defeat President Trump in the 2020 election and called the Defendant, his employer, “propaganda.”
Id.: “Look at what we did, we got Trump out…I am 100% going to say it. And I 100% believe it that if it wasn’t for CNN, I don’t know that Trump would have got voted out.”
Other examples provided in the letter include:
- CNN’s Rush to Label President Trump a Liar
- CNN’s Branding of President Trump as a Liar Extends to Likening Him to Nazis and Communists
- CNN’s Willful and Continued Usage of the “Big Lie” Characterization
- The Unique Treatment of President Trump’s Beliefs Versus Those Belonging to Other Public Figures
- The report provides numerous examples.
“I have notified CNN of my intent to file a lawsuit over their repeated defamatory statements against me,” Trump said in a statement.
“I will also be commencing actions against other media outlets who have defamed me and defrauded the public regarding the overwhelming evidence of fraud throughout the 2020 Election,” he added.
"I will never stop fighting for the truth and for the future of our Country!” Trump vowed.