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Rachel Maddow sued for defamation

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Bradlee Dean, a metal rocker and founder of a Christian foundation called You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International, Inc., is suing Rachel Maddow and MSNBC for $50 million on the grounds of defamation. In Aug. 2010, Maddow quoted Dean’s radio show on a segment of The Rachel Maddow Show:

“Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America. This just shows you they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible of the Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than even the American Christians do, because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an abomination.”

Dean says that Maddow deliberately ignored a disclaimer he issued that said that Dean himself was not calling for gay people to be killed, and that the fallout from the segment has caused serious harm to him and his ministry. However, Maddow actually did read the disclaimer after she read Dean’s statements. MSNBC has responded with a brief statement: “This suit is baseless and we stand by our reporting.”