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UPDATE: Trump Contends CNN Violated The Lanham Act; Will Sue For Damages

I support Pres. Trump 100% on this. Yellow journalism has reached a record low, and I always said if it can be challenged legally, Trump should do it. None of this should be done unconstitutionally. I hope they go bankrupt.

Well, we can debate whether actionable false statements can be proven. I doubt any fair-minded person would dispute that CNN has produced demonstrably false statements. With the Project Veritas recordings, it’s not a huge leap to convince that same fair-minded person that those statements were intentional. Not to mention what discovery would produce regarding story timelines, etc., that can and will demonstrate intent.

The first amendment does not protect your right to slander another person, as the courts have already established without ambiguity.

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All the other midstream channels should be sued under the same statute, as CNN is certainly not alone in this blatant violation of the law and of journalistic ethics! More than enough is too much!

 

Lanham Act: 15 U.S.C. § 1125 – False designations of origin, false descriptions, and dilution forbidden

(a) Civil action

(1) Any person who, on or in connection with any goods or services, or any container for goods, uses in commerce any word, term, name, symbol, or device, or any combination thereof, or any false designation of origin, false or misleading description of fact, or false or misleading representation of fact, which—

(A) is likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive as to the affiliation, connection, or association of such person with another person, or as to the origin, sponsorship, or approval of his or her goods, services, or commercial activities by another person, or

(B) in commercial advertising or promotion, misrepresents the nature, characteristics, qualities, or geographic origin of his or her or another person’s goods, services, or commercial activities, shall be liable in a civil action by any person who believes that he or she is or is likely to be damaged by such act.

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Remember, under the Lanham Act; it’s not what CNN says about him that he has to prove has damaged him; it’s what CNN says in their advertisements.

I believe that journalism should be just that, journalism — the Fourth Estate, not The Fifth Column. The Free Press was set up to be the government watchdog and needs to become that again. The media owes the nation facts and information, not globalist propaganda, and selectively covering up news that does not fit that narrative!

Our midstream media has become worse than the old Pravda propaganda network for the USSR. America deserves better than that!

I would expect CNN to end up claiming in court that their slogans are advertising and not meant to be truthful, or that they bear only a slight resemblance to the product so described (as ads do). This paints them into a corner because they can claim that they are truthful (when evidence demonstrates they’re not) or they can claim that they’re not journalists and so aren’t bound by journalist ethics.

It’s pretty smart. The case doesn’t have to go anywhere to make a point, and the point is that if you abuse your first amendment rights, you can expect pushback.

I’m not sure we’ve seen an era like this in the media where there is a willing compromise of the truth and a purposeful intertwining of reporting and editorial. In the large, Trump has a moral case.

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This will be the second major lawsuit CNN has been served with due to their malicious reporting tactics. Both have come during Zucker’s tenure. I can’t think of another industry in the global business where somebody gets a company sued to the tune of half a billion dollars and is allowed to keep their job. Especially where one of the suits involves plaintiffs who were minors (Covington Catholic Kids $250 Million).

President Trump is a man who stands for what he believes in. He doesn’t allow cheats and thieves and liars to get away with their propaganda. Now there is a real foundation to build this case on; there will be positive results. Wait and see.

 

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