Former US president Donald Trump has filed a $475 million suit against the CNN for defamation at the US District Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Trump claims the CNN carried out a “campaign of libel and slander” against him.
Persecondnews.com reports that the former president accused CNN of becoming a “purveyor or disinformation, defamation and fake news, at a level which the American public, and indeed the world, will not even believe is possible”.https://www.cnn.com
He said: “For years I have watched this take place, often in disbelief, but the time has finally come to hold CNN responsible and legally accountable for their wilful deception and defamatory statements made about me.”
The businessman’s lawsuit claims CNN used its considerable influence as a leading news organisation to defeat him politically.
Mr Trump’s 29-page lawsuit said CNN had a long track record of criticising him and had stepped up the criticism in recent months over fears he would run for president in 2024.
“As a part of its concerted effort to tilt the political balance to the left, CNN has tried to taint the plaintiff with a series of ever more scandalous, false and defamatory labels of ‘racist’, ‘Russian lackey’, ‘insurrectionist’ and, ultimately, ‘Hitler’,” the lawsuit claims.
The lawsuit lists several instances in which CNN appeared to compare Mr Trump, 76, to Adolf Hitler, including a January 2022 special report by host Fareed Zakaria that included footage of the German dictator.