Appeals Court Affirms MSNBC Win in “Russian Propaganda” Suit

August 19, 2021

Rachel Maddow’s statement regarding Trump-friendly One America News isn’t actionable, according to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Herring Networks, the owner of One America News Network, filed a libel complaint against MSNBC and Rachel Maddow (OAN). The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court’s decision that Maddow’s comments about the Trump-friendly network aren’t actionable on Tuesday.

The lawsuit was filed after The Daily Beast published an article titled “Trump’s New Favorite Channel Employs Kremlin-Paid Journalist” on July 22, 2019. “We literally found today that that publication the president is supporting shares staff with the Kremlin,” Maddow said later that night. What do you mean?… In this scenario, America’s most slavishly pro-Trump right-wing news organization is literally funded Russian propaganda. The Russian government pays their on-air U.S. politics correspondent to produce propaganda for that government.”