Trump allies argue repeating unverified election fraud claims doesn’t amount to defamation in first hearing

Colorado Public Radio: What obligation do news outlets and public figures have to determine if a claim is true before they repeat it, especially if that claim has the power to ruin a man’s life?

That was one of the big questions raised in the first major hearing in former Dominion Voting Systems employee Eric Coomer’s defamation case against pro-Trump news outlets and public figures who amplified unsupported claims that he helped steal the 2020 presidential election.

Talk radio host Eric Metaxas argued it’s not his job to ensure that the people on his show can back up their claims. He said he doesn’t consider himself to be a journalist.

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