Free Speech and how much it costs to back peddle
- 6Jul 10, '12 by aknottedyarn Guidecourt orders anti-lgbt preacher to pay maddow’s legal bills | the raw story
a washington, d.c. judge has ordered an anti-lgbt preacher to pay msnbc host rachel maddow’s attorney’s fees after he filed a $50 million lawsuit for allegedly defaming him.
over the weekend, the blog bradlee dean info first reported that dean and his you can run international ministry had 30 days to pay $24,625.23.
dean had sued maddow last year after she aired a segment from his radio show where he said that muslims were “more moral than even the american christians” because they were “calling for the execution for homosexuals.”
the radio host claimed that maddow’s report was an attempt to undermine the presidential ambition’s of his personal friend, rep. michele bachmann (r-mn).
one, the broadcasts truthfully reported on dean’s may 15th statements. those broadcasts re-played original audio of dean speaking on the may 15th radio show,” the motion said. “dean bears sole responsibility for the consequences of his words, however much he may try to distance himself from the backlash.” “two, the commentary or rebuke maddow offered about dean’s statements was classic opinion and rhetorical hyperbole, and thus, cannot be actionable as a matter of law. as dean is entitled to his opinions, however objectionable, so too is maddow entitled to hers.”
the motion continued: “three, the fair comment privilege protects maddow’s commentary. the broadcasts featured dean’s actual statements and clearly indicated the source of those statements.”
this is the difference between faux news and rachel. she maintains her sources, does not trim sound bites to fit her agenda, and is fair in allowing people to discuss differing points of view.
she does her homework.
- 2Jul 11, '12 by tewdlesI do enjoy her reporting...I, however, often turn the channel when she gets into opinions. I am sick of the 24 hour news cycle that now contains way more opinion than it does fact. I only need the facts, I don't need someone to tell me what to think or feel about them.