Conservative network files $10M defamation lawsuit against MSNBC and Rachel Maddow
One America News Network filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Rachel Maddow and MSNBC in California's southern district Monday.
The complaint alleges that the dispute began a week after OAN president Charles Herring "called out and objected to Comcast's anti-competitive censorship in an email to Comcast's President of Content Acquisition," according to a press release from the network. It then alleges that shortly after that Maddow opened her show by saying OAN "really, literally is paid Russian propaganda."
While it's not entirely clear exactly what segment OAN is taking exception with, they allege that Maddow and MSNBC "knew this statement was false and that they acted maliciously and recklessly in making it," adding that it was "meant to damage OAN's business and reputation."
Back in July, Maddow pushed a story published by the Daily Beast that alleged Kristian Rouz, an OAN political reporter, has simultaneously been writing for Sputnik, a Kremlin-owned news outlet that helped Russia interfere in the 2016 presidential election.