The leftist media seems to get away with saying whatever it wants about people on the political right. However, one small win in court may be more evidence that the tide is turning.
Alan Dershowitz, author and civil rights attorney, was given the green light to proceed with his $300 million defamation lawsuit against CNN, the Blaze reported. The network tried to get the case dismissed in November, but a judge from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled Tuesday that the lawsuit can go to depositions.
Dershowitz initiated legal action after CNN selectively edited a clip of remarks he made defending former President Donald Trump during his impeachment proceedings for the so-called “quid pro quo” arrangement with Ukraine. Derschowitz spoke at length to Congress, but the network chose to use a clip of him explaining a narrow example where Trump couldn’t be impeached and used it to make him like he “lost his mind.”
“I’m doing this to hold them accountable,” Dershowitz told Fox News’s Sean Hannity in September. “They made a deliberate, willful decision we believe from the very top to purposely doctor the tape to make it look like I said something that was crazy, that a president can do anything, that he can commit crimes,” he said.
“Of course I never said that — I don’t believe it,” Dershowitz insisted. “I spent an hour in front of the Senate two days earlier saying if the president commits a crime he can be impeached and that was a whole thesis of my presentation,” he said.
“CNN knew that and they doctored the tape and edited the tape to make me say exactly the opposite. Shame on them,” Dershowitz continued. “They’re going to have to pay and some good charities are going to benefit from CNN’s willful deliberate malicious effort to destroy my credibility as a constitutional scholar,” he said at the time.
If this case is ultimately decided for Dershowitz, it wouldn’t be the first time the network had to pay a hefty sum for its reporting. In January 2o20, CNN was ordered to pay Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann $275 million for comments “vilifying and bullying” the Kentucky teen over a viral video that falsely made Sandmann appear as the aggressor in a confrontation with Omaha Tribe elder Nathan Phillips, according to The Hill.
The networks have many protections on their side, especially when it comes to public figures like Dershowitz. However, their bias is obvious, brazen, and clearly targeted making it difficult to deny that they’re acting with malicious intent.