On Friday, a federal judge dismissed One America News Network's defamation lawsuit against MSNBC's Rachel Maddow for saying their network "literally is paid Russian propaganda." The decision held that Maddow's statements, in context, were "an opinion" and "cannot serve as the basis for a defamation."
Commenters on social media were quick to laugh at the failure of OAN, a San Diego-based far-right news network that President Donald Trump has increasingly promoted as he grows frustrated with the coverage on Fox News. Some gleefully commented that because the suit was dismissed under California's anti-SLAPP law, Maddow is entitled to recover her legal fees from them.
@cuzkristoff @BresPolitico @nycsouthpaw Now do Devin Nunes' frivolous litigation against a fake cow....— Eric Takamiya (@Eric Takamiya) 1590184745.0
@BresPolitico @wankerjustice The suit was dismissed under California's anti-SLAPP suit, which means Maddow is also… https://t.co/ZrezWFRDV7— David Mongan (@David Mongan) 1590185665.0
@BresPolitico @nycsouthpaw Lmao didn't they ask today if Trump was "considering granting a pardon to President Obama..." #GTFO— endywood (@endywood) 1590180687.0
@__Chimaera @BresPolitico Cheers. I was going to do the same thing until I saw yours.— william is perplexed (@william is perplexed) 1590184587.0
@thedailybeast Firm dedicated to lying brings dispute where truth, rigor, and evidence are required for victory. Wh… https://t.co/je8jnBRgB4— Xtrmly Stbl Genius ::wash ur elbows::😷 (@Xtrmly Stbl Genius ::wash ur elbows::😷) 1590179895.0