Jerry Falwell Jr. and Virginia’s conservative Liberty University just sued the New York Times for $10 million.
“They target us because the university is a conservative and Christian institution. While this fulfilled their ‘clickbait’ business model, it also violated the law in many ways,” he said in a statement.
“Therefore, we are holding the New York Times accountable for their malicious and false reporting and their violation of the measures we took to protect our students. Politically-motivated attacks by the mainstream news media that defame and libel conservatives and Christians should not be allowed in the United States of America and will not be tolerated by Liberty University,” he added.
In a 100-page suit, with exhibits, filed in Virginia’s Lynchburg Circuit Court, the 49-year-old school also charged that New York Times reporter Elizabeth Williamson and photographer Julia Rendleman ignored “No Trespassing” signs to tour the campus at a time when the school was trying to keep outsiders, who could potentially be infected with COVID-19, away.
The long-threatened suit stems from a March 29 viral story that suggested several students were infected after returning from spring break. In fact, no student, staffer, or faculty member on campus was, or became, infected.
The story was never retracted despite pleas from Liberty. “None of this was true. There was never an on-campus student diagnosed with COVID-19. The only actual ‘viral’ element of this narrative that existed was the intense ‘viral’ internet attention it generated for the New York Times’ website and for those paying to advertise on that website,” said the suit, provided in advance to Secrets.
In a statement Wednesday evening, Eileen Murphy, the Times’ senior vice president of corporate communications, shrugged off the suit. She told Secrets, “We are confident that our story accurately portrayed the reopening of Liberty University and the public health concerns that the reopening raised. We look forward to defending our work in court. “
The suit said that Liberty, which was started by the late Jerry Falwell and is now run by his son Jerry Falwell Jr., has been a frequent target of the media, especially the New York Times, because it is “clickbait” for liberal readers.
But, Falwell told Secrets today, “they picked on the wrong conservative.”
It is the second embarrassment for the New York Times in two days. On Tuesday, prominent opinion writer Bari Weiss quit and ripped the paper in a public letter saying that the paper’s coverage is driven by “clicks” and Twitter.
“It’s just not right for the mainstream media to lie about and target conservative Christian organizations just because of their faith and because of their political beliefs, and we’re going to make an example out of them,” said Falwell.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is done playing games with the anarchists who destroyed a few of our great American cities after riots erupted following the death of George Floyd.
To that aim, Cruz will introduce legislation allowing lawsuits against local officials who fail to keep their communities safe by pulling back police protection.
Quite simply, if they defund or defang local police departments, Cruz wants local officials to face lawsuits to make them liable for the destruction that would follow.
Ilhan Omar for one will be furious as she had led the charge calling for defunding the police departments. Look, cops have to do better but can you imagine a world without cops on the beat keeping law and order? It would be chaos.
“Sen. Cruz is working on a legislative proposal that will hold city officials financially responsible for the property damages and personal injuries that result from their decision to allow autonomous zones and/or order officers to stand down in the midst of rioting and looting,” A spokesperson for Cruz’s office said.
“Sen. Cruz believes that government officials’ first responsibility is to protect the American people. We’ve seen violent rioters take to the streets in Minneapolis, New York City, and Seattle – where they’ve burned businesses and communities to the ground, toppled and defaced statues, and taken the lives of their fellow citizens.”
“Officials in these Democrat-run states are not exempt from that important duty, and they need to be held accountable for the destruction that has been allowed to occur.”
“What the far-Left is doing, they hate America,” Cruz began. “You are not a social justice warrior if you’re lining up, seeking accolades for your support of violent criminals who are deliberately targeting the African American community.”
The video shows members of Congress, including Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, calling for the “dismantling” of police departments, while also showing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden ostensibly agreeing he would take firearms away from people.
“Sen. Cruz is taking action and introducing legislation allowing suits against local officials who fail to keep Americans safe by pulling back police protection,” said an email from Cruz’s office.
There is no specific date as to when Cruz will introduce the legislation, but it will focus on allowing people to sue municipalities and local governments who “pull back police protection,” according to the video.
Protests following the death of George Floyd while in police custody on Memorial Day have sought to raise awareness about systemic racism and police brutality against nonwhite people. Some activists have called for abolishing the police, but others argue the “defund the police” movement is more about shrinking the police budget and shifting funds over to mental healthcare, affordable housing, and other services.
ICYMI in @dcexaminer: “Cruz is taking action & introducing legislation allowing suits against local officials who fail to keep Americans safe by pulling back police protection…it will focus on allowing people to sue municipalities & local govs who ‘pull back police protection'” — Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) July 13, 2020
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