Friday, March 22, 2019

Blankenship Is Right: Sue the Mainstream Media Out of Existence

March 21, 2019 By Gavin Wax

Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy and GOP candidate for West Virginia’s U.S. Senate seat last year, filed a massive defamation lawsuit against several mainstream media outlets this past Friday.

In the lawsuit, Blankenship alleges that these news organizations (among them CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and even Breitbart) knowingly and willfully misreported him as a felon instead of a misdemeanant. Blankenship, a former CEO of Massey Energy, was acquitted on three felonies but convicted of a misdemeanor for conspiring to violate safety regulations, after a deadly 2010 mining disaster.

Blankenship alleges that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who backed Blankenship’s primary challenger and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, was behind the coordinated effort to falsely smear him as a felon.

Whatever one thinks of Blankenship, one can’t deny the chilling effect his being wrongly libeled has one other candidates willing to take up President Trump’s rallying-cry to “drain the swamp.”....... To Read More.....

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