Legal Action Taken Against Rachel Maddow
They are demanding she and The Daily Beast's Kevin Poulsen issue a retraction for suggesting there's a link between the right-wing network and the Kremlin.
The Daily Caller's Shelby Talcott has more:
Poulsen wrote an article stating OANN's Kristian Rouz is a "Russian national on the payroll of the Kremlin's official propaganda outlet, Sputnik." That same day, Maddow said on "The Rachel Maddow Show" that OANN "really, literally is Russian propaganda."
Rouz does write for Sputnik, a Russian government-owned news outlet. He has "never had decision-making authority with respect to the content that is aired on OAN," one cease-and-desist letter, dated July 25, reads.
Poulsen's article quoted former FBI agent Clint Watts, who suggested OANN employing Rouz means the outlet has merged with "Russian state-sponsored propaganda."
"This completes the merger between Russian state-sponsored propaganda and American conservative media," Watts said. "We used to think of it as 'They just have the same views' or 'They use the same story leads.' But now they have the same personnel."