A Lawsuit Against John Oliver Highlights The Issue Of Media Intimidation Cases

  • Publicēšanas datums 15 nov 2019
  • Rich and powerful interests sometimes file lawsuits against non-profits or media organizations simply for the sake of intimidating them. These suits are often without merit, but prove costly to the entity being sued. Comedian and satirist John Oliver recently found his show at the receiving end of such a case, and used the situation to shed light on an anti-free-speech tactic that is no laughing matter.
    On this week’s edition of Beat The Press, Emily Rooney was joined by former White House correspondent Dan Lothian; Jennifer McKim of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at WGBH News; Dan Kennedy of Northeastern University; and Callie Crossley of WGBH News.

komentāri • 370

  • ForeverMe543
    ForeverMe543 Pirms 2 dienām

    Slapp suits being a thing shows that America is TOO free sometimes. Free for the wrong people. Rich, white people are free to do whatever.

  • Kasper Molin
    Kasper Molin Pirms 5 dienām

    how a comment can justify a lawsuit for say 10mil usd, is simply so far out. It is something (a mindset) you would expect only happening in undeveloped countries or within dictatorships. It is sad that the "mighty" US still is at that level. As much as SLAPP is sad and should have been thrown away decades ago, us in Europe add this topic on the laughing list of US-Idiotic-things. Still... we feel with you - hope you get rid of it as soon as possible.

  • Dem Bois
    Dem Bois Pirms 11 dienām

    Isn’t that the guy who dips his balls in hot dog water?

  • Michael Shapiro
    Michael Shapiro Pirms Mēneša

    Ahh, think he went bankrupt again?

  • Vox Populi
    Vox Populi Pirms Mēneša

    Republicans are the worst kinds of people. Corporate Democrats aren't much better, but still better.
    Go Progressive or go home. #Bernie2020

  • PoemsRunAground
    PoemsRunAground Pirms Mēneša

    All the right wing politicians sure hate freedom of the press too bad republicans don’t care

  • Lunkis
    Lunkis Pirms Mēneša

    I love John Oliver.. 🤟

  • Kenneth Perales
    Kenneth Perales Pirms Mēneša

    Trump also sued Bill Maher for saying that Trump was the offspring of an Orangutan

  • Dennis Nelson
    Dennis Nelson Pirms Mēneša

    The public is sick of media bias and bulliing 10s of millions of voters. Done!

  • Jo-Anne Gawley
    Jo-Anne Gawley Pirms Mēneša

    How is this CREEP and murderer, BOB MURRAY, still out of jail??....oh, yeah, white rich men are revered!

  • Heath Cliff
    Heath Cliff Pirms Mēneša


  • Rob Burnside
    Rob Burnside Pirms Mēneša

    Seems like a lot of triggered snowflakes are all sue-happy.

  • Jonny Tolley
    Jonny Tolley Pirms Mēneša

    Bob Murray is a pedophile that shouts the N word from his rooftop nightly. Please sue me, Bob.

  • Nick Okona
    Nick Okona Pirms Mēneša

    It’s a failure in the whole concept of American justice. In America justice is only what you can buy.

  • Iv V
    Iv V Pirms Mēneša

    This old nigga BARLEY found out John mentioned him

  • Stan Clarkson
    Stan Clarkson Pirms Mēneša

    Think Richard Jewell with the press today

  • SpecialSP
    SpecialSP Pirms Mēneša +2

    Liddle' devin nunes suing a Cow on Twitter for $350 M.
    He is the one of the co-authors on a bill to stop Frivolous Lawsuits!
    Liddle' devin belches out more methane than 25 cows!

  • polite critique
    polite critique Pirms Mēneša

    Oliver a Zionist scumbag liar a mouthpiece

  • M G
    M G Pirms Mēneša

    Only in America.

  • Hanz Eggers
    Hanz Eggers Pirms Mēneša

    This is kind of weird. I had this video in my recommended videos and exactly under it was the exact same video

  • f
    f Pirms Mēneša


  • Accursed Satyr
    Accursed Satyr Pirms Mēneša

    Oh, yea turmp is actually only worth between 150mil and 250mil HE IS NOT AND HAS NEVER BEEN A BILLIONAIRE!!

  • Eric Hurst
    Eric Hurst Pirms Mēneša

    Just don't lie in your stories and there won't be a problem.

    • Alfred Churchill
      Alfred Churchill Pirms Mēneša

      When did Oliver lie and bob? He didn’t. He exposed him for the POS that he is

  • Mark Dicus
    Mark Dicus Pirms Mēneša

    Maybe the media should have some integrity to see Covington High School.

  • xtscarface M
    xtscarface M Pirms Mēneša +2

    Saw that episode and the way he doesnt back off and isnt intimidated by others makes him great!

  • David Smith
    David Smith Pirms Mēneša

    And you thought you lived in a free country!

  • Bob Marley
    Bob Marley Pirms Mēneša +1


  • Scrypher
    Scrypher Pirms Mēneša

    Media oulets do need to be held accountable. Opinion pieces are not news.

  • Pigdoc1
    Pigdoc1 Pirms Mēneša

    Wait, isn't the Republitard party been historically active in tort reform? How do they keep track of all their hypocrisy? They must have developed something like the retard-venn diagram to do this.

  • Mayk3_ME
    Mayk3_ME Pirms Mēneša

    This is going to get worse. McConnell and trump are stacking our courts with pro-corporate judges.

  • jim bishop
    jim bishop Pirms Mēneša

    I'm not a fan of SLAPP laws, but they like all laws have their place. Not with rich elite multi millionaires, but with poor people who can't afford a lawyer and a costly law suit. Imagine being just an average Joe and a media source decided they were going to vilify you, and it wasn't warranted. They simply decided to crucify you just to get a headline.... Then all of a sudden the SLAPP laws aren't so bad after all!

  • ivy evans
    ivy evans Pirms Mēneša +1

    President filed at least ONE ........ what yesterday? That's his whole court career, sue, delay, avoid responsibility. Going back Decades.

  • darttoyou1
    darttoyou1 Pirms Mēneša

    Conservatives? Are supposedly against frivolous lawsuits. But then supposedly they're conservative, for family values, for veterans, for small businesses and free enterprise? Facts say statistically they're none of the above. Them and the buybull belt statistically lead in everything you DON'T want to lead in. Rationally, you'd think this would be an eye opener as to stop voting against their best interests. But no cultist ever believe they're in one. Thus herd followers of regardless, the most dangerous terrorist to an intelligent civilization.

  • superfisher28
    superfisher28 Pirms Mēneša

    Alot of this depends on who is getting slapped to when PBS does an opinion piece like this. I'm pretty sure if Sean Hannity or Tucker Carlson were getting sued they would be ok with it.

  • MrGpt2010
    MrGpt2010 Pirms Mēneša

    Oh fuck this old cunt! He got upset because someone called out his bullshit! Fucking baby couldn’t handle his shady tactics in his shady business being questioned,

  • Garrett wigums
    Garrett wigums Pirms Mēneša

    Vote D 2020

  • Shine my Shoes Fuckface
    Shine my Shoes Fuckface Pirms Mēneša


  • VXJ 1
    VXJ 1 Pirms Mēneša

    Murray you are a dushbag and a TOTAL IDIOT

  • G. Rekv
    G. Rekv Pirms Mēneša

    Meanwhile, Oliver is screwing over the progressive left as well... Oliver doesn't have a clue about what the real beneficial role of comedy in socitey could be... Who cares about his struggles with the right... He is a sell-out anyway...

  • merak0044
    merak0044 Pirms Mēneša +1

    USA land of the corrupt.

  • Bonnie Forman
    Bonnie Forman Pirms Mēneša

    Judges are supposed to throw these SLAPP suits out, and that's why Mitch McConnell is stacking the courts with 182 Conservative Federal judges with lifetime appointments who are usually ill-qualified but are extreme in their right-wing views.

  • Alex MacFarlane
    Alex MacFarlane Pirms Mēneša

    Exxon, Dupont, 3M, Wal Mart, all the worst corps do this

  • Alex MacFarlane
    Alex MacFarlane Pirms Mēneša +1

    Who else does a ton of Lawsuits hmmmm oh right Trump? It's disgusting that these asshats billionaires try to sue people into submission. AG-gag is horrible as well.

  • Joey Big Things Poppin
    Joey Big Things Poppin Pirms Mēneša

    Public officials have no right to privacy no right to anything other then work for the people or serve the public stop all these frivolous lawsuits on taxpayers dime !

  • G. Love 64
    G. Love 64 Pirms Mēneša

    Right wing trash want to get rid of tort lawsuits but want slap lawsuits .... figures .....republicans are lying trash ...

  • Green Beast
    Green Beast Pirms Mēneša

    The problem with the media is they slander people all the time. They are trying to get views. It's how they make money. So sensationalize everything including their own opinions. Their opinions aren't news. They need to report just the facts from a unbiased standpoint and let the people form their own opinions. But the news crams their opinion down the peoples throats and the people believe it as truth because its coming from what they believe as a credible source. Most opinions aren't based on facts. There are several multi million dollar lawsuits active right now against the mainstream media for slander and defamation of character. The people are winning these cases. If you watch the news and accept their opinion with only the facts they chose to present, that makes you an idiot. These are the worst people in america. Another word is Sheep. You do what your told. You don't even have a real opinion. Its someone else's.

  • Rick Papineau
    Rick Papineau Pirms Mēneša

    Meanwhile, Murray Energy had to file for bankruptcy...

  • Taylor Queensbury
    Taylor Queensbury Pirms Mēneša +5

    Murray declared Bankruptcy in October of 2019. The 8th Coal Company to declare bankruptcy in 2019. Karma or maybe people aren’t so into Dirty Coal anymore?

    • Mark Kond
      Mark Kond Pirms Mēneša

      It's strategic. He's still filthy rich but by declaring bankruptcy he gets to not pay what he owes to a lot of people.

    • Zaraki Kon
      Zaraki Kon Pirms Mēneša

      I'm sure he's got a very Nice nestegg stashed away for himself but his workers are screwed ofcourse.

  • herman miller
    herman miller Pirms Mēneša

    The frivolous law suits are not the problem, the judges allowing them to proceed are the problem.

    • Zaraki Kon
      Zaraki Kon Pirms Mēneša

      I think they Both are tbh.

  • reginaldino enchillada
    reginaldino enchillada Pirms Mēneša

    I remember that first showing. What a jerk bob is, lying about having integrity!! His cronies are scum and douchebags.

  • Gym Jordan's Hairline
    Gym Jordan's Hairline Pirms Mēneša +1

    Why don't you people find out who is behind it, funding the venture? After all, you're the media and investigating such things is your job. I bet my farm that it's a Right Wing PAC funded by a Right Wing billionaire such as the Cock (sic) brothers (the other one is doing it from hell). Abd this is how Fascism comes to America. You so called media/journalists sold your souls to the corporate store in exchange for shinny coins and here we are!

  • JMichael Ramirez
    JMichael Ramirez Pirms Mēneša

    Am I missing something, to me the obvious answer is to counter sue for triple and add attorney's fees plus anything else your lawyer can think of. Pretty sure you won't have to pay out of pocket.

  • Louis rodriguez
    Louis rodriguez Pirms Mēneša

    Too funny

  • G11713
    G11713 Pirms Mēneša

    Seems there should be a rote slap back defence action available against slap lawsuits attacking fact based reporting and fact based protest activity.

  • Billy Hoyle
    Billy Hoyle Pirms Mēneša

    Rich crooks hate being called out for their crimes and they will use their money and power to bully people into being quiet. These law suits need to be thrown out instantly.

  • Mastodon1976
    Mastodon1976 Pirms Mēneša +10

    All these right wing genetrash can't handle people exposing them.

  • bisquitnspanky
    bisquitnspanky Pirms Mēneša

    Trump sued Tim O'brien for writing that Trump was not a Billionaire. Trump lost because he could show NO evidence that he had even one billion. Trump lies ceaselessly with no consequences to the entire world. The USA should sue him for 10 trillion.

  • bisquitnspanky
    bisquitnspanky Pirms Mēneša

    So long as rich, stupid fucks like Trump rule, this will be a growing problem.

  • Hi I am Lazy
    Hi I am Lazy Pirms Mēneša


  • enrique ordaz
    enrique ordaz Pirms Mēneša +3

    Why not make SLAPP frivolous suers pay all the expenses incurred by the defendant?