Liberty College recordsdata a $ 10 million lawsuit in opposition to the New York Occasions for Covid 19 tales
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Liberty University is suing the New York Times for a number of messages released earlier this year for the evangelical-Christian school's response to the Covid 19 pandemic of $ 10 million.
In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday at the Lynchburg Circuit Court, the Virginia-based academic institution also named New York Times reporter Elizabeth Williamson and photographer Julia Rendleman as defendants.
It is a series of stories that focus on Liberty's decision to reopen her Lynchburg campus amid the spread of the coronavirus, some of which were feared that it would increase the infections.
The complaint contained three defamation points regarding news articles written about Liberty's decision, arguing that the stories wrongly blamed the school for the spread of COVID-19.
"The defamatory statements by the defendants about Liberty have done enormous damage to Liberty's business and reputation, for which damage is suspected," the lawsuit said.
"The above statements, individually and collectively, give the wrong and defamatory impression that Liberty has ruthlessly caused a COVID-19 outbreak and made students sick by disregarding government health guidelines and encouraging students after the spring break on campus Liberty to return. "
Liberty also accused the accused of entering civil law. The lawsuit found that Liberty was currently blocking its campus from outsiders as part of its efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
"Between March 23 and March 29, 2020, the defendants Williamson and Rendleman entered Liberty's campus despite Liberty’s mandate of March 23," the complaint continued.
"Williamson and Rendleman deliberately entered Liberty's campus at the direction of the New York Times to collect photos and information to be included in the defamatory articles of the New York Times on March 29 and 30,"
Liberty President Jerry Falwell Jr., a staunch conservative supporter of President Donald Trump, said in a statement that he believed the newspaper published the stories for "malicious" reasons.
"They are targeting us because the university is a conservative and Christian institution. While it did their Clickbait business model, it also violated the law in many ways," said Falwell. "That's why we hold the New York Times responsible for their malicious and incorrect reporting and for violating policies to protect our students."
Falwell added that Liberty will not tolerate "politically motivated attacks by the mainstream news media that defame and slander Conservatives and Christians".
Eileen Murphy, senior vice president of corporate communications for the New York Times, told Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets column that the company was "confident" to enter the lawsuit.
"We are confident that our history accurately reflects the reopening of Liberty University and the public health concerns raised by the reopening," said Murphy. "We look forward to defending our work in court."
The lawsuit alleges that the original story of the New York Times had many inaccuracies when the school reopened in March.
The original online version of the story included the heading: "Liberty is bringing its students back, and coronavirus too." The print version of the article was entitled: "A university was reopened and the students got sick."
"In both versions, it was explicitly stated that Liberty University & # 39; partially reopened [ed] … Then the students got sick," including & # 39; almost a dozen Liberty students … got sick with Symptoms that indicate COVID-19. "
The lawsuit accuses the New York Times article of Dr. To have misrepresented Thomas W. Eppes, whom the newspaper described as the doctor who "runs Liberty's student health service".
"Second, and more importantly, Dr. Epees did not tell the accused that after returning from the spring break," students got sick "or that" almost a dozen Liberty students got symptoms suggestive of Covid-19, "it said in the lawsuit.
"In fact, he told them quite the opposite: no cases of COVID-19 were known, and the majority of the" nearly twelve "students examined had no symptoms suggestive of COVID-19" ; but symptoms of an "upper" respiratory infection "- that is, a cold – not the lower respiratory infection COVID-19, and consequently they were not even sent for testing because they had no COVID-19 symptoms and did not meet the test criteria. "
The lawsuit also emphasizes that "both before and immediately after resuming classes," state health inspectors conducted "surprise inspections" on the Liberty campus and found no violations of Virginia State Order 53. "The order temporarily restricted certain companies and organizations during the pandemic.
Courtesy of the Christian Post