First a Cow, Now ‘The Bee’: Devin Nunes Now Seeking $400 Million in Damages
In Mid-March, Devin Nunes filed a lawsuit against Twitter for allowing parody accounts like @devincow and Devin Nunes’ Mom. The lawsuit seemed to only make the mocking worse and the small Twitter accounts became very popular.
The condemnation, however, did not stop Nunes’ fervor for litigation. The California Congressman has announced a new lawsuit against his local newspaper, the Fresno Bee.
Nunes says he wants the paper’s publisher, McClatchy, to stop printing “fake news.” He continues, “If you’re out there and you lied and you defamed, we are going to come after you.”
The congressman’s key point of contention seems to be 2016 story about a debauched boat trip which led to a lawsuit against a winery partly owned by Nunes. The winery eventually settled the suit with an employee who had worked on the cruise that night. Nunes, who was not on the boat, was upset that he was named in the article’s headline.
From the lawsuit, “It traveled through social media like wildfire. McClatchy’s words obviously had their desired effect – they linked Nunes to ‘underage prostitutes’ and ‘cocaine.”
A representative from McClatchy said in response to the suit, “With the limited opportunity we have had to review this claim, it is wholly without merit and we stand behind the strong reporting of The Fresno Bee.”