CNN meet lawsuit, lawsuit meet CNN.
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes is venturing where very few have gone before. He is suing the mainstream media for running with a fake news story about him.
On Tuesday, Nunes hit the “Fake News Network” with the lawsuit for broadcasting that he was in Vienna in late 2018 to meet with an ousted Ukrainian prosecutor. He was not in Vienna, and he didn’t meet with the prosecutor.
Nunes’s lawsuit includes revelations of key facts that undermine the case CNN made against him, severely harming the news outlet’s credibility. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Virginia, shows Nunes is seeking more than $435 million in damages from CNN over the fake news it printed against him. But more importantly, it demonstrates that Nunes was 100 percent correct when he told Breitbart News before Thanksgiving that CNN’s story was untrue–and that CNN was completely inaccurate in its reporting and had relied on a compromised source for its piece.
The news outlet’s credibility was already trash. So this will likely push them over the edge. I am anxious to see how the lawsuit plays out, and I am hoping it is ruled in Nunes favor. I am tired of the mainstream media posting things that aren’t true in order to drag Conservatives through the mud. They need to be held accountable for their actions!
Back before Thanksgiving, CNN reported what would have been a big story if it were true.
A lawyer for an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani told CNN that his client is willing to tell Congress about meetings the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee had in Vienna last year with a former Ukrainian prosecutor to discuss digging up dirt on Joe Biden.
The attorney, Joseph A. Bondy, represents Lev Parnas, the recently indicted Soviet-born American who worked with Giuliani to push claims of Democratic corruption in Ukraine. Bondy said that Parnas was told directly by the former Ukrainian official that he met last year in Vienna with Rep. Devin Nunes.
“Mr. Parnas learned from former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Victor Shokin that Nunes had met with Shokin in Vienna last December,” said Bondy.
“These demonstrably false and scandalous stories published by the Daily Beast and CNN are the perfect example of defamation and reckless disregard for the truth,” Nunes said in an interview with Breitbart. “Some political operative offered these fake stories to at least five different media outlets before finding someone irresponsible enough to publish them. I look forward to prosecuting these cases, including the media outlets, as well as the sources of their fake stories, to the fullest extent of the law. I intend to hold the Daily Beast and CNN accountable for their actions. They will find themselves in court soon after Thanksgiving.”
Believe it or not, CNN actually stuck to their guns and defended their story. Lets see how well they do in court!
The lawsuit reads: “Devin Nunes did not go to Vienna or anywhere else in Austria in 2018, between November 30, 2018 and December 3, 2018, Devin Nunes visited Benghazi, Libya on official business of the House Intelligence Committee to discuss security issues with General Khalifa Haftar. Devin Nunes also traveled to Malta, where he met with U.S. and Maltese officials, including Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, and participated in repatriation ceremony for the remains of an American World War II Soldier missing in action.”
“On November 22, 2019 at 9:00 p.m., at the same time CNN published the CNN Article on its digital network, Ward appeared on Cuomo’s television program ‘Cuomo Prime Time,’” the lawsuit says on page 22, “During the broadcast, Cuomo and Ward vouched for the story as if it were fact, doubled-down, and published further defamatory statements about Plaintiff [Nunes].”
“CNN coordinated publication of the false and defamatory statements about Plaintiff across each of its platforms,” it states on page 25, “CNN published the CNN Article to multiple new target audiences, including CNN’s 32,000,000+ Facebook followers and CNN’s 56,000,000+ Twitter followers in Virginia and around the World.”
Nunes added, “I’m also demanding the immediate retraction of re-reporting of the false story and the deletion of any links to it by media outlets such as Raw Story, Daily Kos, Vox, The Week, Newsweek, Mother Jones, HuffPost, Vanity Fair, Salon, Washington Monthly, Esquire, Talking Points Memo, and Mediaite.”