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One America News Network (OANN) filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit Monday against MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

OANN is suing Maddow, MSNBC, Comcast Corporation and NBC Universal for defamation, alleging Maddow “maliciously and recklessly” went after the network by suggesting it is a Russian state propaganda outlet, the complaint reads, according to Law and Crime. Maddow said that OANN “really, literally is Russian propaganda” on “The Rachel Maddow Show” in July.

Maddow’s comment was based on The Daily Beast article stating OANN’s Kristian Rouz is a “Russian national on the payroll of the Kremlin’s official propaganda outlet, Sputnik.” OANN demanded retraction from The Daily Beast reporter and Maddow on July 29.

“This is vile, sensationalistic reporting,” OANN’s lawyer, Skip Miller, said according to a previous press release.

“These defamatory statements must be retracted immediately. One America News Network has no connection to the Russian government or any other government — no connection whatsoever, financial or otherwise.”

Comcast is being sued for refusing to carry OANN as part of its cable programming because the network could go against liberal politics of MSNBC, according to the complaint. The lawsuit also alleges that Maddow and the other defendants knew her comment was false. It suggests the statement was intentionally made to hurt OANN because of the network’s conservative views.


OANN’s lawyers gave Maddow and The Daily Beast until Aug. 15 to retract its statements, according to the cease-and-desist requests sent on July 29.

“One America is wholly owned, operated and financed by the Herring family in San Diego,” Miller said according to a statement. “They are as American as apple pie. They are not paid by Russia and have nothing to do with the Russian government.”

“This is a false and malicious libel, and they’re going to answer for it in a court of law.”

  • Scotty says:

    Love OANN!

  • libsaregross says:

    I am so glad I NEVER had Comcast as my cable TV company! Also, Why on earth would Madcow be quoting anything she read on “The Daily Beast” as if it were fact or even half true? I dont even read any of their articles anymore, its all just leftist, dirt ball propaganda, almost worse than CNN and the NYT! the daily beast isnt soo big that they need to worry as much when they spread fake news and unfounded rumors like the bigger guys with billions to lose.

  • jimmie boswell says:

    just the making of false statement/s, the damage is done. apologies after the fact, do not correct the lies told. with or without an apology, it should still be considered liable for such an obvious slander.

  • n.oconnor says:

    So Butch made a boo boo, what did you expect from the advertised Great Storm Teller from MSNBC ?

  • Big Montana says:

    Bring the pain to these lying criminals. Go after any news sources that reposted this lefty filth.

  • Frank Campo says:

    Hope they make her so poor she can’t pay to get those lumps off her neck.

  • Jawanna Blowme says:

    Yeah you don’t get to slander your competition. Suck hard on this lawsuit you ugly freak

  • CF