Michael Flynn’s Family Sues CNN For Accurate Reporting
The QAnon conspiracy theory has been known to divide families into camps of believers and non-believers. You can now count the family of disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn among that group – if you believe the indignation is real and not just part of a money-making scheme.
Jack Flynn and his wife Leslie – Michael Flynn’s brother and sister-in-law – have sued CNN for $75 million, alleging that the network besmirched their reputations by accurately reporting on Michael Flynn’s July 4, 2020, Twitter video in which he and several other people are seen holding up their right hands and reciting an oath that concludes with the QAnon phrase “where we go one, we go all.” His tweet even included a QAnon hashtag.
After he was fired from his White House position and admitted to lying to FBI investigators about his contacts with Russian diplomats, Michael Flynn was pardoned by twice-impeached, one-term president Donald Trump and then publicly embraced the wacko QAnon movement. Believers in the conspiracy theory claim there is a “deep state” organization within the U.S. government that is controlled by a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles run by Democratic politicians and liberal celebrities.
Jack and Leslie Flynn contend in the lawsuit that CNN deliberately mischaracterized their position on QAnon. The major difficulty they will face, however, is that the CNN report that they cite does not mention them by name. What’s more, the report is accurate in its description of the QAnon pledge video posted by Michael Flynn.
Those nettlesome details lead to one of the lawyers who filed the lawsuit, Steven Biss, who has an unsuccessful track record of suing CNN over the accuracy of its reporting. In February a federal judge threw out a $435 million lawsuit he had filed on behalf of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that alleged Nunes had been libeled by CNN reporting on the congressman’s efforts to dig up Ukraine-related dirt on Joe Biden.