Devin Nunes Explains Why He is Suing CNN
During the second term of the Obama administration, a law was struck down that prohibited the news media or the American government from directly propagandizing the American people. It was apparently a law that had some real teeth because, although the mainstream news media has always been dishonest, is has never been more dishonest than it has been over the last five or more years.
Still, slander, libel, and defamation are all still legal ideas and are still things that can cause the person committing them huge amounts of legal liability. Impugning a person’s character, accusing them of wrongdoing in a way that is clearly false and malicious is a dangerous business. There is more leeway for doing this kind of thing against a public figure owing to the fact that public figures are out to influence society, and it is thought that society has a reasonable expectation to be able to influence them in return.
But, if you intend to spend your time intentionally smearing people for a rainbow array of political reasons- then you’d better understand that sooner or later, you’re going to hit some legal turbulence. CNN and similar networks have been tempting fate in this way in a serious way for years.
Now, all that risk-taking “reporting” looks like it might come back to bite them on the fanny bone, big time.
Here’s Fox News with Sean Hannity on the spot of trouble that CNN has stirred up for itself.