[Ed. – What a very strange time. The literal truth is that CNN does falsely claim to be reporting news when it is actually reporting fiction — not always, by any means, but enough that it is a pervasive pattern and not just a few minor “mistakes.” Yet what will be depicted as crazy here is trying to call CNN to book for it. We don’t have a tested method by which to hold media outlets accountable for pretending to report news when that’s not what they are doing. Trying to codify one is probably too slippery a slope.]
Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign have threatened in a letter to sue CNN for what they said was the network falsely advertising itself as a news organization, calling on executives to first discuss an “appropriate resolution” to the matter that would include a “substantial” payment to cover damages.
The letter, dated Oct. 16 and made public on Friday, is the latest threat by Trump to sue a media organization over what he sees as unfair media coverage since launching his 2016 presidential campaign, although no lawsuits have been filed. …
Rebecca Tushnet, a professor of false advertising law at Harvard Law School, said there was “no merit” to the letter’s legal arguments and that she doubted a lawsuit would ever be filed.