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Journalists who get into public spats with politicians may want to rethink their eagerness to pour salt into old wounds, at least in the middle of litigation.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals resurrected a defamation lawsuit by Rep. Devin Nunes against Ryan Lizza and Hearst Media, because the journalist called attention to his article on Nunes and illegal immigrant laborers after the California Republican sued.
“I noticed that Devin Nunes is in the news,” Lizza tweeted in November 2019, more than a year after his article was published: “If you’re interested in a strange tale about Nunes, small-town Iowa, the complexities of immigration policy, a few car chases, and lots of cows, I’ve got a story for you.”
While his “express defamation” claim isn’t coming back, the former House Intelligence Committee chair has adequately pleaded “defamation by implication as to a republication of the article” and “common law conspiracy,” a three-judge panel ruled last week, remanding the case to trial court. more