MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has been pushing unfounded and salacious conspiracy theories for years.
She has levied a barrage of unproven allegations at President Donald Trump and Republicans for quite some time, including claiming to her viewers that there’s evidence of collusion with Russia and pro-Kremlin entities.
But Maddow was dealt a devastating blow this week after One America News Network (OANN) smacked her with a $10 million lawsuit.
According to Law and Crime, OANN is suing Maddow, MSNBC, Comcast Corporation and NBC Universal for defamation, alleging Maddow “maliciously and recklessly” went after the network by suggesting it is a Russian state propaganda outlet.
“This is vile, sensationalistic reporting,” OANN’s lawyer, Skip Miller, said according to a previous press release. “These defamatory statements must be retracted immediately. One America News Network has no connection to the Russian government or any other government — no connection whatsoever, financial or otherwise.”
The complaint also states that Comcast is being sued for refusing to carry OANN as part of its cable programming.
OANN alleges that Comcast is doing this because they don’t want to air a conservative network that would run counter to the liberal politics of MSNBC.
Last month, OANN sent a cease and desist letter demanding retractions from Maddow and The Daily Beast’s Kevin Poulsen after both claimed there’s a connection between the conservative network and Russian propaganda.
Poulsen published a piece stating OANN host Kristian Rouz is a “Russian national on the payroll of the Kremlin’s official propaganda outlet, Sputnik.”
On that same day, Maddow used a chunk of her MSNBC program to detail the report from Poulsen and claimed that OANN “really, literally is Russian propaganda.”
The cease and desist letter, which was sent on July 25, states that Rouz writes for Sputnik, a Russian government-owned news outlet, but contends that he has “never had decision-making authority with respect to the content that is aired on OAN.”
“His outside work for other media outlets has no relation to — or bearing on — his work for OAN,” the letter stated.
To make his shoddy case, Poulsen’s article quoted former FBI agent Clint Watts, who claimed that OANN employing Rouz means the outlet has merged with “Russian state-sponsored propaganda.”
“Kremlin propaganda sometimes sneaks into Rouz’s segments on unrelated matters, dropped in as offhand background information,” Poulsen wrote, referring to President Donald Trump praising OANN.
If the stories broadcast by the Trump-endorsed One America News Network sometimes look like outtakes from a Kremlin trolling operation, there may be a reason. One of the on-air reporters at the 24-hour network is a Russian national on the payroll of the Kremlin’s official propaganda outlet, Sputnik.
Below is a video of Maddow covering Poulsen’s article and claiming that OANN is a “boutique, little news outlet that is designed specifically for Trump mega-fans. It’s called One America … News Network.”
“We literally learned today that that outlet that the president is promoting shares staff with the Kremlin,” Maddow said July 22. “I mean, what? It’s an easy thing to throw out … ‘Hey, that looks like Russian propaganda.’ In this case, the most obsequiously pro-Trump, right-wing news outlet in America really, literally is paid Russian propaganda.”
OANN’s lawyers stated in their lawsuit that The Daily Beast and Maddow had until Aug. 15 to retract its statements or more significant action would be taken.
Both liberal outlets refused, and now OANN is taking more aggressive steps to combat the false report against them.
This is what Trump Derangement Syndrome looks like — and maybe the liberal media will finally be held accountable for their reckless actions.