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Judge Tosses Out Project Veritas’ Lawsuit Against CNN

U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones wrote that Project Veritas’ reputation would have been tarnished due to those remarks cited in the suit.

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The defamation lawsuit filed by Project Veritas against CNN has been tossed out by a federal judge, concluding that an on-air remark made about the group did not ascend to the level of an actionable suit.

Last year, Project Veritas sued CNN, claiming that it misrepresented why the outlet received its suspension from Twitter. In its lawsuit, they mentioned a Feb. 15, 2021, report in which Ana Cabrera stated that its suspension from the social media outlet was due to “spreading disinformation.” 

However, the group communicated its suspension was for “repeated violations of Twitter’s policies prohibiting the sharing—or threats of sharing—of other people’s private information without consent.”

U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones wrote that Project Veritas’ reputation would have been tarnished due to those remarks cited in the suit.

“While there is some difference between violating a policy by providing incorrect or misleading information and violating a policy by truthfully providing someone’s private information (and potentially exposing a person to harm), the distinction is not enough to make the statement at issue actionable as both violations are similarly damaging to the journalist’s reputation,” Jones wrote

“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.”

Following the judge’s decision to toss out the case, an attorney for Project Veritas, Harmeet K. Dhillon, provided a statement, which Deadline relaid. 

“The District Court dismissed Project Veritas’s case against CNN because, in the court’s opinion, listeners don’t care whether journalists are lying or telling the truth,” Dhillon said. 

“We respectfully disagree with the court’s factual conclusion, particularly at this stage of a lawsuit. Project Veritas’ reputation is built on truth-telling. CNN clearly defamed Project Veritas by falsely stating as fact that Twitter removed Project Veritas for spreading misinformation.”

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Symone Sanders’ Show on MSNBC Not off to a Good Start

This past weekend, “Symone” made its debut, and the New York Post relayed the Nielsen ratings, and they aren’t good.

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The former spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, Symone Sanders, will have to make some improvements on her new show with MSNBC. 

This past weekend, “Symone” made its debut, and the New York Post relayed the Nielsen ratings, and they aren’t good. Sanders attracted just 361,000 total viewers for the 4 p.m. slot of her show on Saturday.

Furthermore, Sanders also attracted just 29,000 viewers in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 demographic. The former Biden administration spokesperson’s debut show featured an interview with First Lady Jill Biden, and it wasn’t enough to lift numbers. 

It will be interesting to see how MSNBC and Sanders look to bounce back from these debut numbers, but she doesn’t plan to put out content that will serve as a mouthpiece for the administration despite being a former employee. 

“I’m not here to be a spokesperson for the Biden administration,” Sanders said last week. “I’m going to be honest, and sometimes the honesty means that what I have to say is not what the administration would have to say. And that’s fine because it’s my show.”

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Kate Smith Rejects Criticism of Her Reporting on Abortion

In an article, The National Review called Smith an “ambassador” for Planned Parenthood and accused her of writing what amounted to press releases for the organization.

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Former CBS reporter turned abortion rights activist Kate Smith rejects critics who believe that her reporting on the issue during her time at the network was biased. According to Fox News, Smith appeared on “Reliable Sources” with Brian Stelter Sunday to discuss the issue.

“I would say that by making that accusation, you’re playing into the right. And anyone who doesn’t fall by their rules, who isn’t anti-abortion, is against them,” Smith said.

In an article, The National Review called Smith an “ambassador” for Planned Parenthood and accused her of writing what amounted to press releases for the organization.

“I really reject all of that criticism… Again, I think these people just don’t understand how newsrooms work; they don’t have that kind of experience. But yeah, completely reject that criticism,” she said.

Smith reportedly spoke out in favor of abortion rights shortly after leaving CBS last year.

“Now that I’m not a reporter, I can be candid about my own opinions on reproductive rights,” Smith wrote. “I’ll say this: With or without Roe v Wade, access to abortion is disappearing across the South and Midwest for low-income women. And it’s happening more or less under the radar.”

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President Joe Biden on Inflation: “We Brought Down the Deficit”

Biden was pressed by CNN on the record-high inflation plaguing Americans during a news conference on Tuesday.

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According to Mediate, President Joe Biden was pressed by CNN on the record-high inflation plaguing Americans during a news conference on Tuesday. Biden was attempting to outline his plans to deal with the issue when he encountered White House correspondent Jeremy Diamond.

“Why do you believe so many Americans believe that your administration is not doing enough to combat inflation?” Diamond asked before encountering the president’s typical talking points on the issue.

“The vast majority of Americans are hoping that their government just takes care of the problem, and they don’t have to think about it in detail, at the kitchen table, at the dinner table. And that’s understandable no matter what their background,” the president said. 

Biden said he believes his administration has done its best to establish policies that helped have American families during this time period. “We brought down the deficit. The bottom line is, how much does America owe? How much in the hole are we going? We’re reducing that.” He added.

Last month, The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that inflation hit a 40-year high as gas prices and rent skyrocketed, climbing to 8.5%. Inflation is a decrease in the purchasing power of money, reflected in a general increase in the prices of goods and services in an economy.

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