Former President Donald Trump faced severe persecution from the mainstream media, and he has answered their constant attacks by one of his most rabid and overboard detractors, CNN, by filing a lawsuit against the “news” network for defamation.
The lawsuit states that “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.” It goes on to declare that, “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. 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.'”
Pres. Donald Trump's statement regarding his lawsuit against CNN.
— Daniel Baldwin (@baldwin_daniel_) October 3, 2022
The establishment media seemed to have a love/hate relationship with Trump. They loved to hate him but also loved the good ratings they would get when they fixated on him.
“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… but acting with real animosity for the Plaintiff and seeking to cause him true harm,” the suit continued.
Trump is seeking $475 million in damages from CNN, hinting that this won’t be his only media-related lawsuit.
CNN had repeatedly used the phrase “The Big Lie” to describe Trump’s concerns over the questionable 2020 presidential election. The news network has also made several comparisons of Trump to Adolf Hitler.
“The ‘Big Lie’ is a direct reference to a tactic employed by Adolf Hitler and appearing in Hitler’s Mein Kampf. As commonly understood: ‘If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.’ The ‘Big Lie’ was used by Hitler to incite hatred of the Jews and to convince people to ostracize Jewish people. It was an entire propaganda campaign to justify Jewish persecution and genocide. The phrase is not taken lightly and is not bandied about blithely. CNN anchors and commentators understand this. They have not used it against other political leaders and previously criticized political analogies to Nazi Germany and to Hitler,” the lawsuit says.
Media giants have had full reign to push their agendas and forgo any sort of unbiased reporting. Trump’s lawsuit may be the beginning of media accountability.