Infowars, Jim Hoft, Allen West, et al, Sued Over “Fake News”

Infowars, Jim Hoft, Allen West, et al, Sued Over “Fake News”

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A man named Brennan Gilmore posted a video of the car driven by James Fields that plowed into a crowd killing Heather Heyer in Charlottesville last year. That post went viral and Gilmore says that led to him becoming the subject of conspiracy theories and fake news stories. He is suing the publishers of the stories.

Georgetown Law’s Civil Rights Clinic filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia on behalf of Brennan Gilmore. Mr. Gilmore alleges that Alex Jones and other far-right supporters, including former Rep. Allen West (R-Ga.), published stories about him that damaged his reputation and mobilized an army of followers to pursue a campaign of harassment and threats against him.

Gilmore argues he became the target of elaborate online conspiracies that placed him at the center of a “deep-state” plot to stage the Charlottesville attack and destabilize the Trump administration.

“From Sandy Hook to ‘Pizzagate’ to Charlottesville, Las Vegas and now Parkland, the defendants thrive by inciting devastating real-world consequences with the propaganda and lies they publish as ‘news,’” Gilmore said in a statement[…]

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