Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against CNN By Project Veritas

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Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against CNN By Project Veritas

By Movieguide® Contributor

A federal judge has thrown out the defamation lawsuit filed by Project Veritas against CNN, saying that their accusations “did not rise to the level of actionable claim.

Last year, Twitter suspended the organization, and CNN’s coverage of the situation led to Project Veritas’ lawsuit. 

They allege that CNN misrepresented the reasons for their suspension from the social media platform. On-air, the network said that Project Veritas was suspended for “spreading disinformation.”

However, Project Veritas reported that CNN “repeated violations of Twitter’s policies prohibiting the sharing—or threats of sharing—of other people’s private information without consent.”

According to Deadline, the presiding judge, U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones, dismissed the case because “Project Veritas’s allegations and arguments do not plausibly suggest that the truth (as pled in the Complaint) would have a different effect on the mind of the average reader in terms of the reputational harm.”

He added that Project Veritas’ claim that CNN acted with actual malice was also unfounded. 

This lawsuit isn’t the only time Project Veritas and CNN have publicly argued. Movieguide® previously reported on calls the organization secretly recorded from CNN:

James O’Keefe and Project Veritas recently revealed they secretly recorded CNN’s daily conference calls over the course of two months.

O’Keefe told Sean Hannity on Fox New’s HANNITY that Project Veritas plans to regularly reveal individual snippets of the CNN calls before publicizing whole raw files.

Hannity spoke with Project Veritas founder O’Keefe, who said, “We haven’t heard from anyone” after CNN Communications threatened law enforcement against O’Keefe.

“People don’t know they’re being lied to, but these tapes show that the top-down approach to media, they show Zucker telling people what to cover, what not to cover — calling [Giuliani] a ‘useful idiot’ there, telling them for political reasons don’t cover certain stories,” O’Keefe said. “Sean, these are the times that try men’s souls and I think if you go one direction, you lose your conscience, another direction, you lose your livelihood. But there are brave people like the person we worked with regarding CNN who are willing to be citizen journalists, willing to expose these sorts of things.”

O’Keefe added: “We need an army of these people reporting on our media because CNN and places like CNN may have more power than all three branches of government if they’re working with Google and Facebook to propagandize the masses…

“Investigative reporting is about unearthing facts from the bottom. That’s not what you’re seeing here,” O’Keefe explained. “You’re seeing how the sausage is made, you’re seeing how the media actually works.”