By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Fed up with the mainstream media’s garbage reporting, Eric Trump noted Thursday the Trump Organization will be taking legal action againstÂ MSNBC andÂ host Lawrence Oâ€™Donnell after his â€œrecklessâ€ reporting on the air of information he later admitted was unverified.
As we reported, Oâ€™Donnell was forced to apologize this week for reporting that an â€œanonymous sourceâ€ claimed that Russian oligarchs co-signed loans that Trump, the private businessman, took out with Deutsche Bank after his legal team responded with a threat to sue him and his network.
Oâ€™Donnell said Aug. 28 he was wrong to report the information in a written statement and later added a retraction and general apology. But…too late. And too often.
â€œThis was a reckless attempt to slander our family and smear a great company. Apologies are not enough when the true intent was solely to damage and cause harm. As a company, we will be taking legal action. This unethical behavior has to stop,â€ Eric Trump, executive vice president of the Trump Organization, said in a statement posted to Twitter.
This was a reckless attempt to slander our family and smear a great company. Apologies are not enough when the true intent was solely to damage and cause harm. As a company, we will be taking legal action. This unethical behavior has to stop. @Lawrence @MSNBC https://t.co/i4X6CcdkCm
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) August 29, 2019
Trump’sÂ statement was posted after Oâ€™Donnell issued a statement on the social media platform.
â€œLast night I made an error in judgment by reporting an item about the presidentâ€™s finances that didnâ€™t go through our rigorous verification and standards process. I shouldnâ€™t have reported it and I was wrong to discuss it on the air,â€ he said.
The statement did not include a retraction or apology but Oâ€™Donnell later said on the air that he was retracting the report and added, â€œI apologize.â€ But, he did not direct the apology to anyone in particular.
It’s not clear ifÂ MSNBC will sanction or punish O’Donnell, but if the past is any indication, they won’t: Remember when host Rachel Maddow claimed a “scoop” on President Trump’s tax returns that turned out to be nothing?Â (Related:Â Trump team may seek legal remedy over release of 2005 tax returns)
She wasn’t sanctioned, either.
The president also blasted the network on Thursday.
â€œThe totally inaccurate reporting by Lawrence Oâ€™Donnell, for which he has been forced by NBC to apologize, is NO DIFFERENT than the horrible, corrupt and fraudulent Fake News that I (and many millions of GREAT supporters) have had to put up with for years. So bad for the USA!â€ he wrote on Twitter.
In a letter to NBC UniversalÂ on Wednesday, the president’s attorney Charles Harder said that the claims Oâ€™Donnell made were â€œfalse and defamatory and extremely damaging.â€
He noted further that the documents for the loans that the host discussed are â€œrecorded, publicly available, and searchable online.â€
â€œThus, actual malice can easily be proven based on your reckless disregard of the truth and unreasonable reliance on an alleged â€˜sourceâ€™ who you will not even identify in your story and likely is seeking to mislead you and the public for political reasons or other ulterior motives,â€ Harder continued.
â€œDemand is hereby made that Mr. Oâ€™Donnell and NBCU immediately and prominently retract, correct, and apologize for the aforementioned false and defamatory statements,â€ he said.
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