Man sues right-wing "Infowars" program and shock-jock host Alex Jones for "fake news" after deadly Charlottsville rally
March 13, 2018
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(NATIONAL) -- One man has come up with a novel way to make right-wing extremists pay for broadcasting fake news that allegedly harm citizens of this country.
A counter-protester at the deadly white supremacist rally last year in Charlottesville, Va. is suing the extreme right wing media program called Infowars, its owner shock-jock Alex Jones and seven others for defamation.
Georgetown Law’s Civil Rights Clinic filed the lawsuit Tuesday (today) in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia on behalf of Brennan Gilmore.
Mr. Gilmore claims in the legal action that Jones and other far-right wing supporters, published stories about him that not only damaged his reputation but also "mobilized an army of followers to pursue a campaign of harassment and threats against him," according to the Hill.com.
The Hill.com story says Gilmore argues that, "He became the target of elaborate online conspiracies that placed him at the center of a “deep-state” plot to stage the Charlottesville attack and destabilize the Trump administration after he posted a video he captured on Twitter of the car attack that killed Heather Heyer and injured 36 others."
Gilmore issued a statement saying that from Sandy Hook to ‘Pizzagate’ to Charlottesville, Las Vegas and now Parkland, "The defendants thrive by inciting devastating real-world consequences with the propaganda and lies they publish as ‘news," so today "I'm asking a court to hold them responsible for the personal and professional damage their lies have caused me, and, more importantly, to deter them from repeating this dangerous pattern of defamation and intimidation.”
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