After a series of defamatory statements made by Twitter and CNN, James O’Keefe is now suing both for defamation.
After Project Veritas released a tape of CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester admitting that the network engaged in propaganda, used fear to drive ratings, showed preferential coverage of then-candidate Joe Biden, Twitter permanently banned him from the platform.
Twitter claimed that they removed James O’Keefe, founder of PV, because he was operating “fake accounts.”
Back in February, CNN anchor Ana Cabrera made the statements that Project Veritas was suspended from Twitter for spreading disinformation, despite earlier tweets of hers that acknowledged statements from a Twitter spokesperson saying that the ban was a result of private information policy.
James O’Keefe is now suing both Twitter and CNN for defamation.
On April 25th, O’Keefe went on Fox New’s Sean Hannity saying “There are people on Twitter who are impersonating me who still remain on Twitter,” he told Fox News on April 25. “I will depose [CEO Jack Dorsey] under oath. … And tomorrow, I will sue CNN.”
“Not even Twitter alleges that I was banned, or Project Veritas was banned, for disinformation,” O’Keefe told Fox News. “Every day in this country, people are defamed and lied about constantly, and they don’t have the will, the money, the resources to fight back. So Veritas is going to be the tip of that spear.”
The suit against Twitter was filed in New York Supreme Court in Westchester County. The lawsuits reads: “The false accusation that Mr. O’Keefe operated ‘fake accounts’ is particularly damaging for Mr. O’Keefe because Mr. O’Keefe is a journalist. As such, his reputation for transparency and accurate reporting is fundamental to his profession.”
O’Keefe filed the suit against CNN in Georgia.
“Project Veritas is an investigative journalism organization whose reputation depends on its ethical and transparent conduct, and its production of reliable and accurate news reporting. By claiming Project Veritas was ‘spreading misinformation,’ CNN directly damaged and impugned Project Veritas’s reputation,” the suit reads. “CNN’s factual claim that Project Veritas was banned for “promoting misinformation,” instead of truthful reporting of private facts, is patently and demonstrably false, and CNN maliciously made its claims with knowledge they were false or with reckless disregard for their falsity.”