Lawsuit defense: Rachel Maddow argues her factual-sounding assertions are not facts

Lawsuit defense: Rachel Maddow argues her factual-sounding assertions are not facts
Rachel Maddow (Image: YouTube screen grab via MSNBC)

[Ed. – So she gets to defame OAN by claiming it’s “literally” an outlet for Russian propaganda, but then argue that she didn’t mean that, you know, literally. (All punctuation original.)]

Back in September, we reported that TV network OAN had filed a lawsuit against Rachel Maddow for the time the host said that OAN “really, literally is paid Russian propaganda.”

According to Culttture, her lawyers argued in a recent motion that “…the liberal host was clearly offering up her ‘own unique expression’ of her views to capture what she saw as the ‘ridiculous’ nature of the undisputed facts. Her comment, therefore, is a quintessential statement ‘of rhetorical hyperbole, incapable of being proved true or false.”

Maddow had previously claimed, on air, about one of OAN’s reporters:

“In this case, the most obsequiously pro-Trump right wing news outlet in America is really literally is paid Russian propaganda,” and added, “Their on-air politics reporter (Kristian Rouz) is paid by the Russian government to produce propaganda for that government.”

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