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Radio host Rush Limbaugh has threatened to sue the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) for defamation, The Daily Caller has learned.
Limbaugh retained the services of lawyer Patty Glaser and demanded that the DCCC “preserve all records in anticipation of a lawsuit for defamation and interference” after the Democratic Party group led a campaign against Limbaugh based on out-of-context statements the host made about sexual assault. Limbaugh’s legal team delivered a letter to DCCC representatives Monday informing them of the legal threat. Limbaugh has also demanded a public retraction and apology.
The Limbaugh team is currently proceeding from the standpoint of litigating and has not yet made a decision as to whether the DCCC could make any concessions at this point to prevent the lawsuit.
The DCCC “has intentionally disseminated demonstrably false statements concerning Rush Limbaugh in a concerted effort to harm Mr. Limbaugh, and with reckless disregard for the resulting impact to small businesses across America that choose to advertise on his radio program” according to the GlaserWeil law firm’s letter to the DCCC, which was obtained by TheDC. “Mr. Limbaugh clearly, unambiguously, and emphatically condemned the notion that ‘no’ means ‘yes.’”
“Let’s be clear: Rush Limbaugh is advocating for the tolerance of rape” the DCCC stated in a September fundraising email after Limbaugh mocked Ohio State’s new mandatory sexual consent guidelines. (RELATED: Democrats Attack Rush Limbaugh On Way To November Loss)
Limbaugh’s team said that the DCCC’s campaign against Limbaugh provides grounds for a defamation case, based on legal precedent.
“The DCCC may believe it to be immune from liability by quoting words, taken out of context. This is untrue,” Glaser said. “There is significant on point precedent in the 9th Circuit for holding an organization responsible for falsifying meaning through selective quoting. In Price v. Stossel, the court held that, if a party accurately quotes ‘a statement actually made by a public figure, but presents the statement in a misleading context, thereby changing the viewer’s understanding of the speaker’s words,’ that constitutes defamation.”
The Daily Caller has reached out to the DCCC for comment.
Say what one may about Rush Limbaugh, but his victory in this suit may eventually lead to a little more political 'truth in advertising' when it comes to the DCCC and it's ilk.
originally posted by: tavi45
a reply to: IAMTAT
I hope he loses. His entire livelihood is based on misrepresenting things taken out of context and outright lies. If he wins it's only a victory for hypocrisy.
originally posted by: IAMTAT
I don't see the DCCC suing Limbaugh for libel.
The law is the law.
Limbaugh has made a legal complaint. If the man has a case, the will, the financial wherewithal...and ultimately finds the law is on his side, he can successfully sue.
How is that unfair or biased?
She also claimed that 'the DCCC has not received any correspondence from Mr. Limbaugh or his attorney.'
Limbaugh's people, however, claimed they have a receipt showing the letter was delivered.
originally posted by: Kali74
Rush does advocate for the tolerance of rape.
originally posted by: tavi45
a reply to: Battleline
Hehe everything you just said could be applied to your own party.