Cenk Uygur Has a Good Legal Case for Suing the New York Times Over David Duke Lie

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    Liberal media mainstay The New York Times recently published a story about a progressive congressional candidate that, based on the available evidence, appears to have intentionally misrepresented the candidate’s views. Because of this apparent and alleged (by the candidate) misrepresentation, the publication and the author of that article could be subject to a false light tort claim in California.

    On Friday, December 13, the Times published Jennifer Medina‘s story headlined “Bernie Sanders Retracts Endorsement of Cenk Uygur After Criticism.” The piece was largely a recitation of the online controversy that swirled after the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate endorsed–and then quickly un-endorsed–Uygur’s anti-establishment campaign to replace former congresswoman Katie Hill in California’s 25th Congressional District due to the candidate’s readily-accessible history of shock jock-style commentary and more.

    One portion of that article stood out to many commentators as an egregious misrepresentation of what Uygur has said via The Young Turks show and TYT Network, which he owns and operates. Medina’s story references a confrontational interview Uygur conducted with well-known racist, conspiracy theorist, onetime Republican elected official and former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke.

    During that interview, Uygur shouts at, mocks and vehemently disagrees with Duke–accurately describing him as an antisemite. The host also refers to his guest as a “loser.” Near the end of their interaction, Duke makes the absurd claims that he’s “not what you’d call a racist” and Uygur sarcastically replies, “No, of course not.”

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    I wish he would but doubt he will.  Regardless, better to challenge untruth every time than to let it accumulate & allow people to get inured to it.

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    UPDATE: Roughly 40 minutes after this story was published, the New York Times issued a correction on its story. The Times story, which shows that it was updated at 6:40 p.m. EST on Dec. 16, said the following:

    An earlier version of this article referred imprecisely to a remark by Cenk Uygur, a radio host who is running for a California congressional seat. When David Duke, the white supremacist, appeared on his show and denied being a racist, Mr. Uygur was replying sarcastically when he said, “No, of course not.”

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      @stockholmer (evil chuckle) And there’s the NYT’s defense if Cenk does sue their ass–But we corrected the story!

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    Cenk’s an attorney. He could wipe the floor with the NYT and I hope he does. This crap needs to be challenged every time. Ignoring it is what got us here. If they know they’re going to be in court every time they smear someone with blatant lies, they’ll think twice before publishing it.

    Did Hillary McCarthy ever PUBLICLY apologize to Tulsi? Tulsi should sue her ass too.

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    Cenk’s laughing all the way to the campaign bank. Within a day of this kerfluffle breaking out, if memory serves he got over 1500 individual donations averaging $23 a piece, so about 34 grand.

    He talked about it on Jimmy Dore, but I can’t link to YouTube where I am right now.

    We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.--Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    With Bernie Sanders, we have the receipts. --Nina Turner

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