Charlottesville Counter-Protester Sues Homocon Jim Hoft, Alex Jones, Allen West, Others For Defamation

The Hill reports:

A counter-protester at the deadly white supremacist rally last year in Charlottesville, Va. is suing the media outlet Infowars, its owner Alex Jones and seven others for defamation.

Georgetown Law’s Civil Rights Clinic filed the lawsuit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia on behalf of Brennan Gilmore, who alleges that Alex Jones and other far-right supporters, including former Rep. Allen West (R-Ga.), published stories about him that damaged his reputation and mobilized an army of followers to pursue a campaign of harassment and threats against him.

In addition to Jones, the lawsuit was filed against Inforwars’ operating company Free Speech System, Infowars reporter Lee Ann McAdoo; Lee Stranahan, a reporter who has appeared in an Infowars video and has worked at Sputnik and Breitbart News; Jim Hoft, the author of the blog Gateway Pundit; former Rep. Allen West, who operates the website www.allenwest.com; Derrick Wilburn, author of a defamatory article about Gilmore on www.allenwest.com; and Scott Creighton, operator of the blog American Everyman.

Reuters reports:

Hoft, whose website ran an article in August calling Gilmore a shill for the“deep state,” said he did not condone violence but defended his article.“A lot of the information is correct as far as I know,” he said. Stranahan said he stood by an Infowars video, in which McAdoo interviewed him and he cited a Twitter post by Gilmore referring to Heyer as a “martyr,” saying she was being “used [as] a martyr to the cause” in the efforts to undermine Trump. “I pride myself on being factual,” Stranahan said, adding that he abhors online threats, having received many himself.

UPDATE: Hoft reacts to the lawsuit.

We have come under assault regularly from the left and far left groups like Media Matters, and we are targeted by social media giants. We have seen our numbers related to Facebook and Twitter decline dramatically. We have been smeared and attacked. Last month we saw a significant drop in Facebook traffic.

Two weeks ago Facebook shut down our traffic stream from their social media platform without warning. This is today’s American left. They can’t win the argument so they destroy you.

And now we are the target of lawsuits. The media today is an off-shoot of the DNC. Even Reuters. They aren’t after the truth. They are after hit pieces. This is the world we live in. And they are outraged that there are other voices out there that do not share their politics.

See the lawsuit here. Last month Hoft was also sued in federal court for falsely naming a Michigan teenager as the driver who rammed into and killed counter demonstrator Heather Heyer at the Charlottesville rally.

  • Boreal

    LOCK THEM UP

    • Nic Peterson

      Take the money out of the equation and the whole model will fall apart.

      • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

        How does Info Wars get money? Advertisers?

        • Boreal

          Yes. I won’t go to the site so can’t say which advertisers are dumb enough to place their ads there.

          • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

            I just went to the site and didn’t see any advertisers. Just items they are selling. Someone is funding them.

          • The_Wretched

            Mercer?

        • Kruhn

          Nope, their sales of supplements. There’s a great John Oliver skit explaining it. Alex Jones is the master of the hard sell.

        • Nic Peterson

          Miss Alex don’t do it for free. No she don’t.

  • bkmn

    More of this please.

  • Charlie 2001

    There a consequences for creating fake news.

    • Marc: The Social Gadfly

      REALLY bot???

    • Friday

      Or at least it’s about time there were.

    • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

      Wishful thinking…

  • jimbo65

    Losing money is the only thing these people understand.

  • alc2018
    • Jonathan Smith

      always time for that

    • clay

      A newer (and an older) Liz portrait could replace the carnations with a riding crop (“National Velvet” and “Reflections in a Golden Eye”).

  • Jonathan Smith
    • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

      Melania might just follow that advice, if Trump violated a pre-nup agreement by tomfoolering with Stormy. I’d love that to happen!

  • Buford

    We REALLY need to regulate the media in this country. It should be illegal for a licensed outlet to broadcast blatant lies as truth and opinion as fact.

    • Jonathan Smith

      so, shut down Faux News and Sarah Slanders?

      • Buford

        No… just license broadcasters (including web) if they want to be in the ‘news’ business, and then require licensed outlets to differentiate fact from opinion while prohibiting lies in either category.

        From there, anyone who gets their info from an unlicensed news outlet, or who references a story from an unlicensed news outlet, can be disregarded accordingly.

        • Jonathan Smith

          to be fair, i tend to disregard them anyways……

        • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

          But that works only when sane people are in power. Don’t give Dotard any ideas.

    • clay

      but the web doesn’t count as “broadcast”, so the laws are different.

      • Buford

        That’s my point… the web should be regulated when it comes to someone pitching what they call ‘news’.

      • whollyfool

        We can find a way somehow….

    • whollyfool

      THIS. Freedom of speech does not extend to yelling fire in a crowded theater!

      • Buford

        Democracy is dependent on an INFORMED electorate. We need a system for differentiating opinion from real news… licenses and labels… so that the dim-bulb American voters can understand that the ‘news’ they read in WaPo or see on CNN is not the same as the stuff they read on DailyCaller or see on Fox News’ opinion segments.

    • John30013

      We already have such laws against libel and slander. Media outlets are not immune from those laws. But building a solid case takes time, and in most cases it’s not worth the cost.

  • Natty Enquirer

    I wonder if Gilmore would be considered a limited public figure in this case. That makes a huge difference in winning a defamation suit.

  • Halou

    Lee Stranahan, a reporter who has appeared in an Infowars video and has worked at Sputnik and Breitbart News

    Good job hiring a Russian propagandist. I wonder if, and by how much, that little fact forwarded his application to work at Infowars?

    • Friday

      Funny which government actually has the term ‘information warfare’ as a policy, isn’t it?

  • JoeMyGod
    • Gustav2

      I dunno, the Georgetown Law’s Civil Rights Clinic may have released a statement/press release? lol Or the public record?

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    I’m really liking what Homeland is doing with the Alex Jones inspired character and fake news.

  • gaycuckhubby

    OT… this is weird…
    The White House announced that he’s fired, and immediately the Trump reelection team hires him
    https://twitter.com/kaitlancollins/status/973573562484318209?s=19

    • Gustav2

      Only the best people.

    • Moebym of the Returners

      Wait, what? Nothing makes sense anymore.

    • The_Wretched

      And “sources” have to make the disclaimer that Trump wasn’t involved…because we all know he’s corrupt.

    • coram nobis

      Taking crooked money may be a job skill at the campaign.

  • bkmn
    • William

      Oopsie.

    • The_Wretched

      Did he come in on Jan 20 2017 (more than a year ago)?

      • Jonathan Smith

        “By 2015, McEntee had taken on a role as a production assistant for Fox News, focusing on the channel’s social media accounts[9]. He was inspired by then-candidate Trump’s campaign announcement and successfully lobbied for a job on the campaign, joining as a volunteer in August of that year, later being promoted to a full-time position as trip director.[10]”
        Wikipedia 🙂 gotta Love it

    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      I’m confused. He was “abruptly escorted” out of the White House, but will be working on Trump’s re-election campaign?

  • JT

    Sue the fuckers into oblivion!

  • alc2018
  • Bambino

    Lets see how many of these morons get represented by the companies lawyers they worked for and not have to put their home up for loan.

  • Boreal
  • stimmerpdx

    It must be good times to be a lawyer in DC. Those hours are gonna add up for defense. I hope InfoWars gets sued out of business.

  • kareemachan

    Get them where it hurts – the pocketbook.

  • skyweaver

    “A lot of the information is correct as far as I know,” he said.
    Let’s hear it for journalism!

  • Joe in PA

    O/T (sorry)…but it appears to be so much winning today with “the best people”.

    https://twitter.com/kaitlancollins/status/973573562484318209

    • Joe in PA

      this is the clown that was escorted from the WH w/o his coat yesterday and rumored to be immediately hired by the campaign for 2020. Natch.

    • The_Wretched

      Clearly the type of guy you want on your campaign.

      • BobSF_94117

        Experience counts, even in malfeasance!

      • Joe in PA

        Exactly…just how bad does it have to be to be “under investigation by HHS?”

  • William

    I want to smash Jim Hoft’s glasses.

  • Karl Dubhe

    Sue them into bankruptcy. That’s the only way they’ll “learn”…

    • Jonathan Smith

      why cutting food stamps was a bad idea?

      • Karl Dubhe

        Bankruptcy, not starving them to death…

  • Devon Rodriguez

    Absolutely right. Right wing, fear monger propaganda is big business. Rush Limbaugh, Fox “News”, Bretibart, Drudge, Newsmax, etc make profits off of lying to the public. Unfortunately, these lies cause tremendous damage to the nation. There must be consequences for these right wing propagandists. They can no longer hide behind the first Amendment to profit off of damaging the nation.

    http://warincontext.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/roger-ailes1.jpg

  • April

    Good. Besides being morally bankrupt they can be financially bankrupt.

  • Stubenville
  • Andrew P Wood

    West represented Florida, not Georgia.

  • Tor

    “They can’t win the argument so they destroy you.”
    The way these people project, they should have their own IMAX theater.

  • Steve Smith

    Hope they lose everything.

  • JWC

    Sue them and end this ridiculous crap shoot

  • SilasMarner

    Oh, it would be nice if he could financially cripple these assholes.

  • coram nobis

    A timely defamation suit can trip up a bad trend. Note, e.g., John Henry Faulk vs. the anti-communist blacklist.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Henry_Faulk

  • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

    What’s wrong with these sentences?
    “A lot of the information is correct as far as I know,” he said.
    “I pride myself on being factual…”

    “A lot of the information is correct.” Suggests other info is not, which contradicts the second statement.

    What kind of journalist would publish an article with inaccurate information?
    A shitty one, that’s what.

    • RoFaWh

      What kind of journalist wouldn’t ask your question of the orange bullshitter himself?

      • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

        I’d say, “What is ‘all of them,’ Alex?”

  • andrew

    I remember Allen West. He’s the guy who said that he had a higher security clearance than President Obama. LOL.

  • Ninja0980

    I hope these bastards get taken to the cleaners.

  • pch1013

    This from fanbois of a “president” who has repeatedly said that he wants to “weaken” the First Amendment, to make it easier for him to sue legitimate journalists for telling the truth about him.

    Suck it up, buttercup.

  • Robert Adams

    The Right’s actions against Gawker set an interesting precedent. Watch out for Karma!

  • Cuberly Deux

    The only thing that’s going to make the wing-nut-welfare-industry a risky choice for a career is to hold them accountable for the lies. Bankrupt them into oblivion.

    • RoFaWh

      I’m waiting for Hillary’s lawyers to fire off a salvo of lawsuits for libel, slander, and defamation of character. She’s now a private individual no longer involved in politics.

      Alex Jones wouldn’t like that at all. Nor would Trump.

  • -M-

    Right wing hacks complaining about media “hit pieces”, that’s rich.

  • MBear

    Wow. Hoft: victim much?

  • Kevin Andrews

    This kind of litigation is exactly what is required to shut-down the propagandists and outright liars from the “Alt-Reich Fascists & Missionary of Hate.”
    O’Keefe found out what his propaganda antics cost but the ACORN Community Services were shut-down from lies and open fraud.

    • RoFaWh

      Propaganda alert:

      Any Youtube video that mentions “President Donald Trump” in just those words is a right wing propaganda outlet. Real news sources (and real people) refer to the orange asshole as merely “Trump”.

  • JCF

    Take.Every.Last.Cent.

  • 10s_linger

    Funny how clueless all these bleating sheep are…