Dismissal of Donald Trump's Defamation Lawsuit Against CNN


Dismissal of Donald Trump's Defamation Lawsuit Against CNN

A federal judge has rejected Donald Trump's $475 million defamation lawsuit against CNN, wherein the former president alleged that the network's characterization of his election fraud claims as the "big lie" associated him with Adolf Hitler.


Late on Friday night, U.S. Judge Raag Singhal, nominated by Trump in 2019, ruled that CNN's statements were opinion and not factual, making them ineligible for a defamation claim.


In his written decision, Judge Singhal stated, "CNN's statements, while repugnant, were not, as a matter of law, defamatory." The judge serves in the federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, near Trump's residence at Mar-a-Lago.


A spokesperson for Trump issued a statement in response, concurring with the judge's findings and condemning CNN's treatment of President Trump and his supporters. However, the statement did not mention whether Trump intends to appeal the decision.


The lawsuit, filed in October 2022, cited five instances where CNN either published stories or aired comments referring to Trump's election claims as the "big lie." The phrase's association with Nazi propaganda was asserted, suggesting that CNN was deliberately propagating an odious connection between Trump and a repugnant historical figure.


Judge Singhal pointed out that the mere use of the phrase "big lie" does not inherently imply such an association. He stated that "no reasonable viewer could (or should) plausibly make that reference."


Throughout his initial presidential campaign in 2015 and beyond, Trump has been known for targeting media outlets, with CNN being a prominent subject of his criticism.


Despite facing state and federal indictments, Trump remains the leading contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.


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