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  • ‘Israelis Toast Syrian Slaughter’: The Making of a Modern Blood Libel, Just in Time for Passover

    04/15/2017 9:16:18 PM PDT · by lasereye · 16 replies
    tabletmag ^ | April 14, 2017 | Yair Rosenberg
    One of the more enduring anti-Semitic myths in Jewish history is the blood libel—the medieval claim that Jews bake their Passover matzo with the blood of gentile children. Perhaps most memorably, the libel was promoted by Osama Hamdan, the official spokesman of Hamas, the designated terrorist group that controls Gaza. The essence of the slander, as by many forms of bigotry, is the recasting of an innocuous Jewish tradition as something sinister. And this past week, just in time for Passover, anti-Israel activists on social media attempted to offer an update to this medieval calumny. It began when Israel’s deputy...
  • Soros Sued by Fellow Billionaire in $10 Billion Mine Brawl

    04/15/2017 9:04:35 AM PDT · by libstripper · 13 replies
    Bloomberg, L.P ^ | April 14, 2017 | Franz Wild
    Companies controlled by Israeli mining magnate Beny Steinmetz sued fellow billionaire George Soros, claiming he cost them at least $10 billion through a defamation campaign that stripped them of rights to an iron ore deposit in Guinea and other business opportunities around the world. Soros funded law firms, transparency groups, investigators and government officials in Guinea in a coordinated effort to ensure BSG Resources Ltd. lost the rights to the Simandou deposit in April 2014, BSGR said in a complaint filed Friday in Manhattan federal court.
  • Melania Trump wins damages from Daily Mail publisher

    04/12/2017 11:53:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    News24 ^ | April 12, 2017
    London - US first lady Melania Trump has accepted an apology and damages from the publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper for reporting rumours about her time as a model, the two parties in the lawsuit said on Wednesday. Trump sued the Daily Mail in Britain and Mail Online in the United States over an August 2016 article, which ran under the headline "Racy photos and troubling questions about his wife's past that could derail Trump". The first lady's attorneys argued that the report damaged her ability to build businesses based on her status as a well-known figure and "successful...
  • Climate Lawsuit Threatens Free Speech

    02/16/2017 2:54:18 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 11 replies
    The New American ^ | 2/14/2017 | Bill Byas
    “As a practical proposition … if I enjoy normal life expectancy, this case will consume the bulk of my remaining time on earth. In the event that I don’t, the thuggish Mann will come after my family, as has happened to my late friend Andrew Breitbart’s children.” This is how well-known political commentator Mark Steyn recently summed up his opinion about the libel suit filed against him by Penn State “climate scientist” Michael Mann, which is expected to be set for trial soon. “I did not seek this battle.… But I will not shirk the fight, and I will prevail,”...
  • Melania Trump settles one libel lawsuit for “substantial sum,” refiles suit against Daily Mail

    02/07/2017 3:06:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 7, 2017 | John Sexton
    First Lady Melania Trump has settled a libel lawsuit against a blogger who published a post last year claiming she had once worked as an escort. Maryland-based blogger Webster Tarpley made the accusations in August but today he put out a fulsome apology to Mrs. Trump and her entire family. The Washington Post published the apology: I posted an article on August 2, 2016 about Melania Trump that was replete with false and defamatory statements about her. I had no legitimate factual basis to make these false statements and I fully retract them. I acknowledge that these false statements were...
  • Melania Trump reaches settlement in libel lawsuit against Maryland blogger

    02/07/2017 10:15:01 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb 7, 2017 | Dan Morse
    First lady Melania Trump has settled her defamation lawsuit against a Maryland blogger, who agreed to apologize to the Trump family and pay her a “substantial sum,” her lawyers said in a statement they released Tuesday morning. “I posted an article on August 2, 2016 about Melania Trump that was replete with false and defamatory statements about her,” the blogger, Webster Tarpley, said in the statement provided by Trump’s attorneys. Tarpley, 71 of Gaithersburg, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. One of his attorneys, Danielle D. Giroux, confirmed that a settlement had been reached. The blogger’s article in...
  • Melania Trump refiles $150M libel lawsuit against Daily Mail publisher

    02/07/2017 6:21:56 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 7, 2017 | Paulina Firozi
    First lady Melania Trump has re-filed a $150 million libel lawsuit against the Daily Mail in New York after a judge dismissed an earlier suit filed in Maryland on jurisdictional grounds. She previously filed the lawsuit in Maryland against the company that publishes the Daily Mail’s website, but a judge ruled that the case should not have been filed in the state. Mail Media Inc. has corporate offices in New York, according to multiple reports. Trump originally filed her suit against the Daily Mail and Maryland-based political blogger Webster Griffin Tarpley in September after they published allegations that she once...
  • BuzzFeed’s Founder Spreads False Information. I Was One Of His Victims

    01/23/2017 10:00:57 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 23, 2017 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    At the moment, media outlets want nothing to do with BuzzFeed, the “news” website that published unverified, “fake” allegations against Donald Trump. The allegations are so flimsy that even Trump’s political opponents never used them. What few know is that BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti has a history of knowingly spreading false information. He has used fraudulent websites and email accounts to pretend to be people he wished to defame. I was one of his victims.
  • Did 4Chan Troll The CIA?

    01/10/2017 8:06:48 PM PST · by monkapotamus · 43 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 10, 2017 | Christine Rousselle
    What's worth talking about, however, are swirling claims on Reddit that 4chan users on the board /pol/ completely made the entire thing up. According to a variety of posts on the pro-Trump subreddit r/The_Donald, a user on /pol/, a 4chan board, made up the most salacious story in the report. He then mailed it to anti-Trump Republican strategist Rick Wilson, who then went to the CIA. The story was then included on the dossier published Tuesday by BuzzFeed News. If this is true, this effectively means that 4chan trolled the U.S. intelligence system and the majority of the U.S. media...
  • Judge Dismisses Libel Lawsuit against Donald Trump

    01/10/2017 12:37:20 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 14 replies
    ©2017 Reason Foundation ^ | Jan. 10, 2017 2:45 pm | Ed Krayewski
    A New York judge accepted Donald Trump's motion to dismiss a libel lawsuit brought against him by Cheryl Jacobus, a political strategist Trump said on Twitter had "begged" him for a job and was only criticizing him because she was rebuffed. In siding with Trump, New York Supreme Court Judge Barbara Jaffe characterized his tweet as an opinion, and noted his habit of using Twitter as such.
  • BOMBSHELL: (Major Scandal Uncovered) Pamella Geller And Robert Spencer (Trunc.)

    12/26/2016 4:26:23 PM PST · by OKSooner · 91 replies
    Shoebat dot com ^ | 12-26-2016 | Theodore Shoebat
    BOMBSHELL: (Major Scandal Uncovered) Pamella Geller And Robert Spencer Running An International Scam Involving Neo-Nazis, Anti-Christian Neo-Pagans, MAFIA, Thuggery And Terrorism (Original title) Much was written by Geller supporting the neo-Nazi EDL movement, Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll as well as Paul Weston of the British Freedom Party (BFP) which Geller out of embarrassment had to publicly disassociate with. But what we have here dwarfs all this. For the sake of space we will provide but few examples (there is literally a book worth). We will leave the rest of our investigation to the U.S. government to deal with. We...
  • Dennis Prager: Claims of Antisemitism Against Bannon are ‘Libel’

    11/21/2016 3:12:45 PM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Nov 2016 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Dennis Prager called accusations of antisemitism against Stephen K. Bannon “libel” on Wednesday. Prager, who is Jewish and wrote a highly respected book about antisemitism, was sharply critical of the campaign against Bannon, who is on leave as Executive Chairman of Breitbart News, and who was named Sunday by President-elect Donald J. Trump to be Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor in the White House. “Calling Steve Bannon an antisemite is a witch-hunt … It’s just a libel, it’s fabricated, the whole thing is fabricated,” Prager said. He reminded listeners that voters had been warned...
  • Breitbart News planning lawsuit against 'major media company'

    11/15/2016 10:59:46 AM PST · by GilGil · 87 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/15/2016 | JOE CONCHA
    Breitbart News is preparing a lawsuit against a "major media company" over claims that it is a white nationalist website, it said in an exclusive statement to The Hill. The website has been under intense scrutiny since President-elect Donald Trump named Stephen Bannon as a senior White House counselor and strategist. Bannon is the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, and the site has become associated with the “alt-right” movement that helped propel Trump’s candidacy. "Breitbart News Network, a pro-America, conservative website, is preparing a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a major media company for its baseless and defamatory claim that...
  • Reid spokesman: Trump 'always used threats and intimidation' (to combat slander and libel)

    11/13/2016 1:25:24 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    Pollutico ^ | 11/13/2016 | REBECCA MORIN
    Several hours after Donald Trump's campaign manager warned Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid to be careful "in a legal sense" after he released a statement calling the president-elect a "sexual predator," Reid's spokesman criticized Trump for trying to "silence his critics with the threat of legal action." “It only took five days for President-elect Trump to try to silence his critics with the threat of legal action. This should shock and concern all Americans," Adam Jentleson, Reid's deputy chief of staff, said in a statement released Sunday. “Trump has always used threats and intimidation to silence his critics," Jentleson continued....
  • For Rolling Stone, 'worst nightmare' continues

    11/05/2016 3:42:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 5, 2016 5:23 PM EDT | Alanna Durkin Richer
    Days after Rolling Stone magazine published a shocking 9,000-word story about a brutal gang rape at the University of Virginia in November 2014, the magazine’s editors received an email just before 2 a.m. with “Our worst nightmare” in the subject line. They needed to run a retraction, the reporter said. Instead, Rolling Stone kept the article on its website for four months before finally pulling it down that April and officially retracting the story. That decision was enough to convince a federal jury in Charlottesville on Friday that the magazine defamed a university administrator, who claimed she was cast as...
  • WikiLeaks claims sham U.S. firm is trying to smear Assange

    10/20/2016 8:36:03 PM PDT · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 13 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 10-19-2016 | TIM JOHNSON
    The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks is claiming that an elaborate and somewhat wacky smear campaign has targeted the group’s founder, Julian Assange, to paint him as a pedophile and Russian client. WikiLeaks said the smear efforts, which it’s outlined in tweets and a series of documents over the past two days, include a sham offer from the Russian government to pay Assange $1 million to promote a women’s dating site and a separate scheme to link Assange to a criminal case in the Bahamas.
  • NYT says no libel, no retraction, no apology for Trump story

    10/13/2016 8:56:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 13, 2016 8:51 PM EDT
    The New York Times on Thursday rejected Donald Trump’s claim the newspaper had libeled the Republican presidential nominee, saying its story about two women who said he sexually assaulted them was “newsworthy information about a subject of deep public concern.” In a letter, Times attorney David McCraw said Trump “has bragged about his non-consensual sexual touching of women” and that multiple women had already come forward. “Nothing in our article has had the slightest effect on the reputation that Mr. Trump, through his own words and actions, has already created for himself,” he wrote. …
  • Trump: Women’s accusations of groping are ‘complete fabrication’

    10/13/2016 11:26:23 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 34 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/13/16 | Dan Calabrese
    And he threatens to sue the New York Times for libel, too. One the one hand, dude, the entire country heard you on tape not only talking about doing the very thing you’re now being accused of, but bragging about it. That tends to complicate the standard denial. On the other hand, it is awfully curious that these accusations never came out until mere days after the tapes laid the groundwork for them, is it not? Where were these women before? Or was the timing of everything orchestrated by everyone involved - including NBC and the New York Times -...
  • ABC: Trump Drafting Lawsuit Against New York Times, According To Sources

    10/12/2016 8:03:41 PM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 102 replies
    ABC News via Twitter ^ | 10/12/2016 | John Santucci
    John SantucciVerified account ‏@JTSantucci 3 senior level sources confirm to ABC - Trump is drafting a lawsuit against the New York Times for defamation. 1 source tells me "it's war"
  • As pressure for content increases, a reporter’s investigation becomes a witch-hunt.

    10/03/2016 7:18:29 PM PDT · by Tarheel Yankee · 12 replies
    Medium ^ | Oct 1, 2016 | Bradley Bethel
    Bethel's article gives an excellent summary of the issues and facts being litigated in a libel suit brought by Beth Desmond against Raleigh's News&Observer newspaper and reporter Mandy Locke. Expert witnesses quoted by Locke are testifying about their comments to Locke that were twisted, mis-quoted and created by the reporter for the purpose of smearing a forensic firearms examiner with fabricating evidence accusations.