The following is an excerpt from Just The News.
Former President Donald Trump is suing cable news outlet CNN for defamation, pointing to its hostile coverage of his administration.
Trump seeks $475 million in punitive damages, alleging that CNN "has sought to use its massive influence — purportedly as a 'trusted' news source — to defame the Plaintiff in the minds of its viewers and readers for the purpose of defeating him politically, culminating in CNN claiming credit for '[getting] Trump out' in the 2020 presidential election."
Trump's attorneys filed the suit on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Trump will need to prove that CNN was malicious in its coverage or deliberately ignored the truth of matters on which they reported.
That is "a high legal bar to clear given First Amendment protections granted to the free press under the Constitution," according to The Hill. "The New York Times, for example, has not lost a defamation case in more than 50 years."
In a statement on the suit, released Monday evening, Trump lamented that the "once prestigious news channel" had "devolved into a purveyor of disinformation, defamation, and Fake News."
"I am proud to file today's lawsuit in order to begin the process of standing up to Fake News and the Mainstream Media," he added.
Trump also mentioned that he would file suits against other outlets in the coming weeks and intended to take legal action against the House select committee investigating the events of Jan. 6, 2021.
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