When 'Literally' Literally Means 'Figuratively': One America News Network v. Rachel Maddow
4 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2020
Date Written: June 9, 2020
In 2020 the court determined that Rachel Maddow's statement that right-wing media outlet One America News Network was "literally paid Russian propaganda" was not defamatory. The court reasoned that, in context, "literally" did not mean literally. Rather, it was just a hyperbolic expression. Allowing the word "literally" to have these opposite and contradictory meanings is problematic because it is the word used to delineate when something is to be taken literally. This treatment could have long-reaching ramifications in areas of law beyond just defamation.
Keywords: Rachel Maddow, OAN, Defamation, Literally, Anti-SLAPP, Milkovich, Kneivel v. ESPN, CACI Premier Technology,
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