Potential 2020 Candidate Sues Major Fake News Outlets For $300 Million
Former Maricopa Country Sheriff Joe Arpaio is suing a number of mainstream media outlets for reporting fake news about him.
Among the media outlets are CNN, the Huffington Post, and Rolling Stone magazine.
Joe Arpaio says that CNN defamed him when Chris Cuomo of CNN (also brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo) called him a “convicted felon” on air.
The lawsuit says about the event, “As of today, the CNN Broadcast is still available through Defendant CNN’s website and no efforts have been taken by Defendant CNN, Defendant Cuomo, or Defendant Zucker to correct this false statement.”
Against the Huffington Post, an article from November alleged that the former sheriff was “sent to prison for contempt of court.”
An article in the Rolling Stone from about the same time in November referred to Arpaio as an “ex-felon”.
The court documents on this portion of the lawsuit states,
“However, as of today, there is no indication on the Rolling Stone Article that a mistake had previously been made in referring to Plaintiff Arpaio as an ‘ex-felon.’ Thus, persons who read the Rolling Stone Article when it falsely referred to Plaintiff Arpaio as an ‘ex-felon’ are not aware that this statement is patently false.”
According to the Washington Examiner,
He said his “distinguished” 55-year career and potential 2020 Senate run have been “severely harmed” and his reputation “severely damaged” by the reporting errors. He’s seeking $300.5 million in damages and attorneys fees.
Trump pardoned Arpaio in August 2017, sparing the former Arizona sheriff from a jail sentence after he was convicted of criminal contempt for ignoring a court order that said he could not detain immigrants only because they lacked legal status. Arpaio denied doing so intentionally, but a judge rejected his argument.
These are some hefty charges. I’m not sure if he’ll be awarded the $300 Million, but I’m sure he’ll manage to get something out of it.
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