CNN & Other Media Outlets Being Sued For $300 Million For Defamation

Sheriff Joe is taking on fake news CNN!

The Hill is reporting:

“Arizona’s Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed a multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit against several media outlets on Monday.

Arpaio’s suit lists CNN, CNN president Jeff Zucker and its anchor Chris Cuomo; HuffPost and its senior political reporter Kevin Robillard; and Rolling Stone and its staff writer Tessa Stuart, claiming that they falsely referred to him as a “convicted felon” despite his presidential pardon.

The lawsuit, filed in Washington, D.C., is asking for $300,500,000 in damages and attorney fees. Arpaio, who ran unsuccessfully for the Senate this year, is being represented by Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch and a former federal prosecutor.

Arpaio claims in the lawsuit that CNN targeted him three separate times. The suit specifically refers to Cuomo calling Arpaio a “convicted felon” during a Jan. 10 segment.

Arpaio, who called himself “America’s toughest sheriff,” was convicted of criminal contempt by a federal court in 2017 for disobeying a federal judge’s order on detaining people suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.

President Trump later that year pardoned Arpaio, a longtime political supporter, before he could be sentenced in a move blasted by Democrats and civil rights groups.

CNN has made no effort to correct its phrasing and the clip is still available online, the lawsuit states.

Similar statements were reportedly made by the other news outlets.

A Nov. 5 article from Robillard on HuffPost states that Arpaio had been “sent to prison for contempt of court.”

Stuart reportedly referred to him as a “ex-felon” in a Nov. 13 article for the Rolling Stone.

Arpaio, who lost the Republican Senate primary in Arizona, writes in the lawsuit that he “intends to run again for a U.S. Senate seat or other public office in 2020 as a Republican and ardent supporter of President Donald J. Trump and his administration.”

Arpaio argued the reports tarnished his “distinguished” 55-year career in law enforcement and politics and severely damaged his reputation among and with the Republican establishment, which hurts his political chances going forward.

“The false publications alleged herein all occurred in this district and are continuing,” his attorney said in the 10-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday.

A CNN spokesperson declined The Hill’s request for comment.”

On the same day news of the lawsuit came out, Arpaio told Newsmax that he is 100% behind Trump on the border wall.

Via Newsmax:

“Former sheriff Joe Arpaio told Newsmax TV on Tuesday he is “100 percent” behind President Donald Trump and “kind of like[s]” what is happening on the U.S.-Mexico border.

When asked about Trump’s threat to shut down the government if he does not get funding for a wall on the southwest border, the former sheriff said he “of course” supports Trump, adding the president is “doing the right thing.”

“What’s more important, shutting down the government or having the terrorists coming across and criminals and all that?” Arpaio continued. “If it takes them shutting down the government or putting the army at the border, I think it should be across the border, the U.S. Army, like when I was over there . . . you’ve got to do everything you can.”


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Jeff covers border news in the US and has traveled around the world documenting the border walls and counter-terrorism efforts of other countries. He runs the Rainforth Report on Substack. In 2022 Jeff embarked on a border crisis tour, documenting cartel trafficking of drugs and humans. The year before he was contracted to film on the border with Ben Bergquam of America's Voice News and also for Women Fighting for America. Jeff was the videographer for the March for Trump bus tour which crossed the country twice and ended on January 6th, 2021 in DC at the Capitol. He filmed the events that took place at the Capitol Building. Jeff was the videographer and news editor for We Build the Wall, the organization founded by triple-amputee vet hero Brian Kolfage. He was the sole photographer allowed to be on site to document the construction of the first ever privately built border wall. Jeff has worked on Kolfage's projects since 2015. Steve Bannon sent Jeff to embed with the Hong Kong protesters, covering their fight for freedom against the Chinese Communist Party, and regularly films inside of riots in Democrat-run cities in the United States. Bannon also sent Jeff to film for a documentary on border walls in mainland China as COVID was about to emerge from the country. Bannon and Kolfage then sent Jeff to film walls and counter-terrorism efforts in Thailand, Malaysia, Israel by the Gaza Strip, Hungary & Serbia, France, Spain, and north Africa. As of 2022 Jeff is an editor at Populist Press and other news sites. Jeff did a special 2nd Amendment project for Navy SEAL Rob O'Neill who killed Bin Laden, and he was the national rally organizer to free Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi from the Mexican prison. He is chairman emeritus of Ross Perot’s Reform Party of California, and a former candidate for governor. He wrote for former war correspondent & Breitbart contributor, Pat Dollard, and headed up his 30-person research team. Mr. Rainforth also wrote for the Wayne Dupree Show. Jeff is a two-time nominee for the prestigious Blog Bash Award for best activism for organizing the national movement to form a select committee on Benghazi, and for his role as the national rally organizer to free Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from Mexican imprisonment. Jeff appears in Sgt. Tahmooressi's mother's book, "When Light Prevails."

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