U.S. Judge Raag Singhal said that while CNN’s statements might have been “repugnant”, they were not defamatory
A federal judge, Raag Singhal, has dismissed the former president’s $475 million defamation lawsuit against CNN.
Trump claimed that the network associated him with Adolf Hitler by describing his election fraud claims as the “big lie.”
However, Judge Singhal – who was nominated by Donald Trump in 2019 – ruled that CNN’s statements were opinions, not facts, and therefore not subject to defamation claims.
“CNN’s statements while repugnant, were not, as a matter of law, defamatory,” said the judge, sitting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, near Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
The lawsuit, filed in October 2022, cited five instances where CNN referred to Trump’s election assertions as the “big lie,” a phrase associated with Nazi propaganda.
Trump’s legal team argued that this wording deliberately connected him to a reprehensible historical figure.
Despite Judge Singhal’s ruling, a spokesperson for Trump acknowledged agreement with the judge’s assessment of CNN’s statements and stated that the network would be held accountable for its treatment of Trump and his supporters.
However, it was not mentioned whether Trump would appeal the decision.
Donald Trump has a history of attacking media outlets critical of him, with CNN being a frequent target.
Despite facing state and federal indictments, he remains the front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?
Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.
Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.
While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.
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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry
Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.
The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.
The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.
New Zealand example
Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.
The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.
With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.
Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’
Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.
The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.
In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.
We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.
Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.
This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.
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