Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against CNN, the left-leaning network that was often the president’s biggest antagonist and most often recipient of Trump’s “fake news” label.
“The Plaintiff, President Donald J. Trump, has been a long-time critic of the Defendant, Cable News Network, Inc. (“CNN”)—not because CNN does a bad job of reporting the news, but because CNN seeks to create the news (‘fake news,’ as the Plaintiff has characterized it in public statements),” the suit reads. “Beyond simply highlighting any negative information about the Plaintiff and ignoring all positive information about him, CNN has sought to use its massive influence— purportedly as a ‘trusted’ news source—to defame the Plaintiff in the minds of its viewers and readers for the purpose of defeating him politically, culminating in CNN claiming credit for ‘[getting] Trump out’ in the 2020 presidential election.
The suit accuses CNN of slander and libel, pointing to a range of derogatory terms the network used against him.
“CNN’s campaign of dissuasion in the form of libel and slander against the Plaintiff has only escalated in recent months as CNN fears the Plaintiff will run for president in 2024,” the suit reads. As a part of its concerted effort to tilt the political balance to the Left, CNN has tried to taint the Plaintiff with a series of ever-more scandalous, false, and defamatory labels of ‘racist,’ ‘Russian lackey,’ ‘insurrectionist,’ and ultimately ‘Hitler.’ These labels are neither hyperbolic nor opinion: these are repeatedly reported as true fact, with purported factual support, by allegedly ‘reputable’ newscasters, acting not merely with reckless disregard for the truth of their statements (sufficient to meet the definition of the legal standard for ‘actual
malice’) but acting with real animosity for the Plaintiff and seeking to cause him true harm (the way ‘actual malice’ commonly is understood).
“CNN has been given the dreaded ‘Pants on Fire!’ designation by PolitiFact for its stories comparing Trump to Hitler. Still, it persists, requiring the
time and expense of filing the instant lawsuit,” the suit adds.
Whether the lawsuit is successful remains to be seen.