Trump is suing the Pulitzer Prize panel for defamation for awarding “Russiagate” coverage to WaPo and NYT

Former President Donald Trump has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Pulitzer Prize board for jointly awarding the 2018 National Reporting Prize to the New York Times and Washington Post for their coverage of the Russian collusion scandal.

Trump’s lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Okeechobee County, Fla., alleges that the “demonstrably false connection was and remains the stated basis” for the newspapers’ award-winning reporting, Fox News reported.

“A large segment of Americans had a tremendous misunderstanding of the truth when the Times and Post’s dissemination of the Russia collusion hoax dominated the media,” the complaint reads. “Remarkably, they were rewarded for lying to the American public.”

The Washington Post and Times received the award for their “informed, relentlessly reported public interest reporting that dramatically enhanced the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its ties to the Trump campaign, the president-elect’s transition team.” has and its eventual administration,” reads the Pulitzer website.

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Trump had asked the Pulitzer Board to revoke the award, but they declined.
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The coverage sparked a lengthy investigation led by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which ultimately found insufficient evidence to charge Trump’s campaign team with colluding with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

The complaint says that Mueller’s failure to find evidence of collusion and the Justice Department’s report finding misconduct by federal officials investigating the alleged Russian collusion prove the stories are not award-winning, according to Fox.

The lawsuit also alleges that the actions of those involved in the discredited “Steele dossier” — including former Hillary Clinton attorney Michael Sussmann, who was accused of lying to federal investigators about Trump’s ties to a Russian bank — too show that reporting is not worthy of an award.

Ultimately, while elements of both the Times and the Post were almost certainly implicated in the Russia Collusion hoax, it is immaterial whether the authors of the winning articles understood at the time that they were spreading political disinformation manufactured by paid sources to mislead the public and tarnish President Trump’s reputation and political prospects,” the complaint reads.

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Trump is asking for damages in court.
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What matters instead is the conduct of the defendants, particularly when many of the key allegations and premises of the Russia Collusion Hoax that permeated the articles awarded have been debunked by the Mueller Report and post-Pulitzer 2018 Congressional investigations in National Reporting to be false had been awarded,” the complaint continued.

Trump’s attorneys pointed out that the Washington Post has since retracted some of its articles on the Steele dossier, but noted that “the retracted articles, which also advanced the Russia collusion hoax narrative, were conveniently derived from the specific articles submitted by the Post for 2018 were omitted Pulitzer Prize.”

In July, the Pulitzer board rejected Trump’s call for the awards to be overturned and his request for “a full and fair correction, apology or retraction” of the stories.

The board said it conducted two independent reviews of the coverage after receiving multiple inquiries from parties other than Trump.

“The separate reviews came together in their conclusions: that no passage or headline, claim or assertion in the winning entries was discredited by facts that became known after the awards were presented,” the board wrote in a statement.

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The Pulitzer board of directors defended its decision not to reverse the two newspapers’ joint award.
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The complaint alleges that the board’s statement was “knowledge or reckless disregard of its falsehood” and accuses board members of knowing “that the Russia collusion hoax has been thoroughly discredited numerous times by full, credible, official investigations, which contradicts the “deeply reasoned ‘relentlessly reported'” article.

“The Pulitzer Statement was knowingly released by the defendants to mislead the reader into implying that ‘the Trump campaign, the President-elect’s transition team and his subsequent administration’ are connected to Russian attempts to gain a foothold in the 2016 presidential election to interfere ‘ said Trump’s lawyers.

According to the news agency, Trump is demanding damages “in an amount to be proven in court”. He has threatened to sue the organization in the past.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/13/trump-sues-pulitzer-prize-board-for-defamation-for-awarding-wapo-and-nyts-russiagate-coverage/ Trump is suing the Pulitzer Prize panel for defamation for awarding “Russiagate” coverage to WaPo and NYT

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