FILE – In this Monday, July 16, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland. As Americans prepare for another election, Russian troublemakers appear to laboring afresh to divide U.S. voters and discredit democracy, and perhaps even sway the outcome. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
Well, it’s that time again — time for another lawsuit against The Washington Post.
We’ve seen Nick Sandmann’s $250 million suit against the paper (here); this go-round, the legal launch comes from none other than POTUS himself.
You may have heard about a little thing called The Media’s Giant Claim of Russia Collusion.
If not, here’s an illustration:
Nonetheless, this is how Carl Bernstein saw it last March:
“Let’s look at where the disinformation, and mistakes, and lying have come from. It hasn’t come from the press; it’s come from the President of the United States and those around him.”
Back to the Post, Trump’s suit strikes at two articles from June 2019. Those pieces — the filing claims — included defamatory statements connecting the New York billionaire’s presidential campaign to Russian interference.
Trump Campaign Senior Legal Advisor Jenna Ellis explains via a statement:
“Today the President’s re-election campaign has filed suit against The Washington Post for false statements contained in two published articles, including defamatory claims that the campaign ‘tried to conspire with’ a ‘sweeping and systematic’ attack by Russia against the 2016 U.S. presidential election and ‘who knows what sort of aid Russia and North Korea will give to the Trump campaign, now that he has invited them to offer their assistance?’”
“The statements were and are 100 percent false and defamatory,” Jenna points out.
And it’s asserted WaPo knew that at the time:
“The complaint alleges the Post was aware of the falsity at the time it published them, but did so for the intentional purpose of hurting the campaign, while misleading its own readers in the process. The campaign files suit to publicly establish the truth and seek appropriate legal remedies for the harm caused by false reporting.”
One piece at issue was titled “Trump Just Invited Another Russian Attack. Mitch McConnell is Making One more Likely.” The other’s headline read “Trump: I Can Win Reelection with Just My Base.”
The suit comes on the heels of a Trump libel claim against The New York Times over Russia.
It’s strange to me that the networks weren’t able to cover the news of the day without oozed anticipation for the fall of the Republican president. In my opinion, they came across as absurd, no doubt turning off viewers in the process.
Personally, I miss the days of Ted Koppel. He may have been boring, but — to a great degree — straight news should be. It oughta lack color: Just the facts.
Since the election, there’s been a lot of “just the goofiness.”
Ted thinks so, too; check this out:
The Washington Post doesn’t seem to agree. So Trump’s suin’ ’em for a nice chunk o’ change:
“The Defamatory Article has forced, and will force the Campaign, to expend funds on corrective advertisements and to otherwise publicize the facts that it did not conspire with Russia in 2016 and is not seeking Russia’s or North Korea’s help in the 2020 election. The Campaign was damaged in the millions of dollars, the specific amount to be proven at trial.”
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