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Melaleuca money, a religious Idaho billionaire, boy scouts and lawsuit fever. Go Mother Jones!

09 Oct

Im offended

The Background of the Massive Lawsuit Against Mother Jones by a right wing billionaire who didn’t like the truth

“Last year, Lowell Bergman, the legendary 60 Minutes producer (whose story of exposing Big Tobacco was chronicled in the Oscar-nominated film The Insider), talked about a “chill in the air” as investigative reporters confront billionaires who can hurt a news organization profoundly whether or not they win in court:

‘There are individuals and institutions with very deep pockets and unaccountable private power who don’t like the way we report. One example is a case involving Mother Jones…A superrich plaintiff is spending millions of dollars while he bleeds the magazine and ties up its staff.’

Litigation like this, Bergman said, is ‘being used to tame the press, to cause publishers and broadcasters to decide whether to stand up or stand down, to self-censor.’ “

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