Rachel Maddow’s lawyer responded to the $10 million lawsuit filed by One America News (OAN) by admitting she doesn’t always mean what she says.
Back in July, Maddow falsely accused OAN of being a paid Russia propaganda outlet.
“In this case, the most obsequiously pro-Trump right-wing news outlet in America really literally is paid Russian propaganda,” The Russia Hoax Queen told her audience.
“Their on-air U.S. politics reporter is paid by the Russian government to produce propaganda for that government,” Maddow said.
Maddow’s smear was based on nothing. She fabricated it out of whole cloth. Prior to being employed by OAN, an OAN staffer had done some freelance work for Sputnik News. She was not even employed by Sputnik, and she didn’t do any work for Sputnik after going to work for OAN.
And from that, Maddow tells the world OAN “really literally is paid Russian propaganda.”
It was an outrageous lie, and now Maddow’s attorney is all but admitting she lies like this all the time. In fact, his defense appears to be an announcement to the world that no one should ever take Maddow seriously.
Well, except for her dwindling audience, the world already knew that.
From the San Diego Times:
Maddow lawyer Theodore J. “Ted” Boutrous Jr. argued 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,’” he said.
There he is, straight up admitting she engages in “rhetorical hyperbole, incapable of being proved true or false.”
Good grief, she’s the primetime star of a NEWS network!
So what we have here is the biggest “star” at NBC News essentially using the same defenseas Alex Jones.
After he repeatedly claimed the Sandy Hook school massacre was a hoax, the families sued him and Jones’ initial defense was to claim he cannot be sued because he’s a “performance artist.”
And now Maddow’s attorney has been boxed into the same “really literally” corner: Hey, what Rachel Maddow says isn’t factual; it’s “hyperbole,” her “own unique expression!”
Seems like there should be some sort of disclaimer at the beginning of the show about the show not being factually accurate.