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Leftist TV News Host Rachel Maddow Argues that Her Words Are Not Facts As Her Defense in a Lawsuit Accusing Her of Defamation

OAN, One America News Network, a small conservative media outlet in San Diego, sued Rachel Maddow, the prime time star of MSNBC news, for $10 million after she falsely claimed on air, “In this case, the most obsequiously pro-Trump right-wing news outlet (OAN) in America really literally is paid Russian propaganda. Their on-air U.S. politics reporter is paid by the Russian government to produce propaganda for that government.” Maddow based her claim on the the fact that before the staffer was employed by OAN, she had done some freelance work for Sputnik News, and did not do any work for Sputnik after she was hired by OAN. Maddow’s lawyers argued that the news star’s statement was “rhetorical hyperbole, incapable of being proved true or false.” But, it can be proven false. UC Santa Barbara linguist professor, Stefan Thomas Gries, said that Maddow’s statement was unlikely to to be considered an opinion, and that Maddow, a graduate of Stanford and Oxford Universities and a Rhodes Scholar, is not the sort of person an audience would expect to misuse the word “literally.”

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.”

Now, Maddow finds herself having to come up with a defense for her statement in court. And she has also apparently hired Lionel Hutz as her legal adviser.

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.”

Oh, it’s capable of being proved false, alright. 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.”

The testimony of UC Santa Barbara linguistics professor Stefan Thomas Gries, however, stands at odds with Maddow’s defense. Gries said: “It is very unlikely that an average or reasonable/ordinary viewer would consider the sentence in question to be a statement of opinion.”

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Additional source:

https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2019/12/05/nolte-rachel-maddows-lawyer-responds-to-oan-lawsuit-with-alex-jones-defense/




Fort Worth, Texas: A Gunman Killed Two Worshipers at the West Freeway Church of Christ Before Being Stopped By Armed Church Members


The West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, a suburb of Fort Worth, was livestreaming their service to YouTube when the shooting, which took the lives of two parishioners. The unidentified killer, wearing a large coat and black hat, entered the church from the rear and sat alone in a pew, then opened fire, and was himself shot by an armed congregant. Two parishioners, including a former FBI agent working security, fired on the gunman and killed him. A representative from the FBI did not identify the shooter, but said he was “relatively transient with roots to this area” and had been arrested multiple times in different municipalities.”

Update: The shooter has been identified as Keith Kinnunen, 43, who was a convicted felon, making it illegal for him to own a firearm in Texas, but he ignored the law when he attacked the churchgoers. He had a criminal record that included charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2009, possession of an illegal weapon in 2016 and there was a warrant for his arrest in Oklahoma for aggravated assault in 2016.

Graphic video of shooting maybe viewed on NY Post article.

A black-clad man with a rifle stashed under his coat gunned down two people in a Texas church Sunday before being slain by parishioners in a caught-on-tape shootout.

The bloodshed erupted in the middle of service at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, a suburb of Fort Worth, around 10:50 a.m., authorities said.

Stunning footage of the service — which was being livestreamed by the Christian church on YouTube — shows the killer in a large coat, black hat and apparently long bushy black beard enter the church from the rear and shake the hand of a woman before sitting alone in a pew along the left side.

He soon gets up and approaches a man standing by the wall.

As the unsuspecting congregation, including many older couples, concentrate on their missal books, the gunman appears to ask the man a question.

The man responds by pointing to his right, where another guy is sitting along the wall.

The man who was sitting gets up and appears to be pulling something out from the back of his waistband when the killer opens fire, shooting him and causing him to fall to the ground.

The killer then shoots the guy who he’d asked the question of, before being gunned down by two parishioners — including a former FBI agent working security, according to officials and CBS TV affiliate KVTV.

Meanwhile, several other male worshippers whip out their own firearms and move toward the shooter as he remains down. The state recently passed a law allowing licensed gun-holders to carry weapons in church.

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Additional source:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/29/us/church-shooting-texas/index.html