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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Colorado Newspaper Mulls Defamation Lawsuit Against State Legislator Over "Fake News" Twitter Statement @Samantha Barbas @DailySentinelGJ

Via @Samantha Barbas

The Washington Post reports that the (Grand Junction, Colorado) GJ Sentinel is ready to take Colorado State Senator Ray Scott to court over his statement that it prints "fake news." The Sentinel's publisher, Jay Seaton, said that the statement was defamatory because it is a statement of fact: "that the Daily Sentinel is a purveyor of fake news." Mr. Seaton,  an attorney, said the legislator's tweet that "We have our own fake news in Grand Junction" is provably false and made with malice.  More here from the Huffington Post and here from the local Fox News affiliate.

Read the Sentinel's response to Senator Scott's tweet here. Discussion here from Forbes.

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