Media outlets that intentionally spread fake news do a disservice to not only themselves and Americans, but also to overall trust in the press. Since President Trump began running for office in 2016, the mainstream media has repeatedly published stories and details which are simply not true. Such a pattern has persisted throughout Trump’s first term in office and remains regularly ongoing to this day.
The president’s team is beginning to respond to fake news in ways other than Trump publically censuring it on his Twitter feed. Recent developments from Breitbart News confirm that Washington Post is facing a lawsuit from the Trump campaign after intentionally spreading lies about the campaign’s alleged attempt to “conspire with” the Russian government during the 2016 election.
Washington Post spread these debunked lies last year and are therefore the defendants in a lawsuit seeking millions of dollars.
What to Know About the Lawsuit Against Washington Post
Yesterday, lawyers Charles J. Harder and David C. Tobin officially filed the suit against the publication in Washington D.C.’s U.S. District Court. In the lawsuit comes the accusation that Washington Post knowingly published “100 percent false and defamatory” assertions regarding the Trump campaign’s “invite” of a “Russian attack” during the 2016 presidential election.
Washington Post also attested that former special counsel Robert Mueller confirmed the Trump campaign’s attempt to “conspire” with the Russian government; of course, Mueller confirmed no such thing and this detail was noted in the lawsuit against the publication.
The campaign’s lawsuit against the publication is underway for the purposes of notifying Americans of the truth and “[seeking] appropriate remedies” for the aforementioned lies.
Combatting Fake News
Fake news is dangerous to America and must be combatted at each and every turn. Media outlets have a responsibility to put forth the truth and not promote misinformation simply because they dislike a president.
Washington Post is not the first outlet to be sued by the Trump campaign and it most likely won’t be the last. Media outlets aren’t required to be Trump fans, but they are obligated to be honest and truthful when putting out stories for mass consumption.
The Russia conspiracy theory hoax has been debunked multiple times and Washington Post knew precisely what they were doing when publishing their untrue story.
What do you think will come of the Trump campaign’s lawsuit against Washington Post? Do you believe this suit will encourage other publications to steer clear of lies and fake news? Let us know in the comments section below!