Alan Dershowitz to Newsmax: CNN ‘Is Quaking in Their Boots’

Alan Dershowitz to Newsmax: CNN 'Is Quaking in Their Boots' (Newsmax/"Spicer & Co.")

By Eric Mack | Wednesday, 26 May 2021 07:40 PM

A self-proclaimed staunch defender of First Amendment rights of speech and freedom of the press, legal expert Alan Dershowitz is seeking to hold CNN accountable for its deliberate distortion of facts in an effort to defame him.

"I am really looking forward to an opportunity to depose CNN," Dershowitz told Wednesday's "Spicer & Co." on Newsmax. "This will be the first time this has ever happened.

"And I think CNN is probably quaking in their boots."

A judge dismissed CNN's motion to dismiss Dershowitz's $300 million lawsuit, ruling the coverage of Dershowitz's first impeachment trial speech was "not based upon a fair and accurate summary of Dershowitz's statement to the Senate."

"We're thrilled we have got an opportunity to go forward to discovery," Dershowitz, author of "Case Against the New Censorship: Protecting Free Speech from Big Tech, Progressives, and Universities," told co-hosts Sean Spicer and Lyndsay Keith.

Dershowitz is a contributor to Newsmax, but he praised this network on balance compared to CNN.

"It's very important to have Newsmax next to CNN to show what a real news network can do, as distinguished from a network that is prepared to distort the facts to satisfy their own agenda," Dershowitz said.

The basis for Dershowitz's lawsuit is CNN having first played a full version of his Senate impeachment statement, then playing an edited version that left out the words "unlawful and illegal" in what constitutes impeachable conduct.

It was then the edited version that led CNN commentators to defame the legal scholar in an effort to mislead the American public, Dershowitz claims.

"We have demanded that they not destroy any documents, any memos," Dershowitz said. "We want to get the editors who told them to edit the tape; we want to get the commentators. Who instructed them to say that I believed that a president cannot be impeached for illegal conduct.

"This wasn't something that happened spontaneously.

"This came from the top down and we're going to prove it, and they're going to regret having distorted the truth in this way."

Dershowitz was asked about the fine line between fair commentary on a public figure, but noted the judge has ruled the commentary was not based on a "fair and accurate summary" of Dershowitz's Senate speech.

"It will create general law," Dershowitz said of the resolution of his case. "And the general law will be that you can't totally distort a recording to deliberately make the person say the opposite of what he said, and then have commentators come on and attack him for saying something he didn't say.

"That's exactly what they did and it was part of a plan. It was not just an accident and we have proof on that."

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