A lawyer representing Patrick Reed has added another lawsuit to a long list of recent charges against media companies and personalities.
During a segment on CNN last week, studio host Jake Tapper chatted with longtime announcer and reporter Bob Costas about the lawsuit between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf. A letter from Larry Klayman, the attorney representing Reed, demands an on-air apology from the duo for what it calls a “highly defamatory piece.”
If not, Klayman’s letter reserves that his group reserves the right “to sue Tapper, Costas and CNN pursuant to Florida Statute 770.01 for damages in excess of $450,000,000, including compensatory, actual, special and punitive damages.” “
In 2022, Klayman filed a $750 million defamation lawsuit and then re-filed against Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee, Damon Hack, Shane Bacon, as well as Golf week columnist Eamon Lynch and his parent company, Gannett, then added a $250 million lawsuit against author Shane Ryan, Hachette Publishing, the New York Post and TBEN Sports, as well as The Bharat Express News golf writer Doug Ferguson and the organization he works for.
In civil cases, plaintiffs must prove whether a defendant is liable, not whether a defendant is guilty. The lawsuit was brought by Klayman, a Florida-based attorney who has been losing in a number of defamation lawsuits, including one in which Arizona politician “Sheriff Joe” Arpaio sued several national media outlets, claiming they defamed him and his bid to win a seat in the United States Senate.
The original indictment against Brandel Chamblee and Golf Channel said that the group had “conspired as joint perpetrators of torts for and with the PGA Tour, its (sic) executives and its Commissioner Jay Monahan, to participate in a pattern and practice of defaming Mr. Reed, misreporting information with falsehood and/or reckless disregard for the truth… intentionally omitting relevant material material facts to mislead the public, and actively targeting Mr. Reed since he was 23 years old to destroy his reputation, create hatred and create a hostile work environment for him…”
The new suit focuses on Tapper and his political commentary, especially with regard to former President Donald Trump, who is tied to a number of golf properties.
I once knew Jake Tapper from a fairly honest journalist and commentator, but after the election of President Donald Trump, he sold his soul to the CNN hierarchy, then led by rabid Trump hater Jeff Zucker. Since then, CNN and Tapper have willingly embarked on a crusade to destroy Trump, which crusade apparently appeals to CNN’s broadly left-wing viewership, and pays dividends for the network. Interestingly, a person with the last name of Zucker is referenced in the broadcast.
While Jeff Zucker has since been fired from CNN’s CEO over alleged misconduct with a subordinate at CNN, his legacy as a Trump hater lives on and Tapper continues his unhinged vicious attacks on not just Trump, but everyone and everything associated with him. has to do, such as LIV Golf, which just played two events last year at the former president’s golf venues in New Jersey and Florida, for which LIV Golf (sic) paid.
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Story originally appeared on GolfWeek