Newspaper: We’ll sue over senator’s ‘fake news’ jibe
February 21, 2017
It seems more and more that politicians are labeling any story they don’t like as “fake news,” attempting to dismiss as false information that they don’t agree with.
So if a media organization is labeled a purveyor of “fake news,” when it really isn’t, can it sue for libel? We may be about to find out.
A newspaper in Colorado has threatened to sue a state lawmaker after he sent a tweet that accused the paper of publishing a fake news story.
Sen. Ray Scott objected to an editorial in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel that dealt with a bill being considered by a committee chaired by Scott.
The bill was tabled, and the paper wrote, “We call on our own Sen. Scott to announce a new committee hearing date and move this bill forward.”
‘A fake news story’
Scott apparently felt he was being called out, saying the paper was “attempting to apply pressure for me to move a bill.” He said he hadn’t been contacted by the paper about the bill, and said the editorial was “fake news” trying to force him to “run the bill.”
Grand Junction’s publisher, who’s also an attorney, was livid. Jay Seaton wrote in the paper, “Sen. Scott has defamed this company and me as its leader.”
“To borrow a phrase from another famous Twitter user, I’ll see you in court.”
He later told the Denver Post that he has not decided for sure to sue but is mulling the option.
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