CASE OF TRUMP VS LOCAL WISCONSIN STATION COMES TO AN END

In a story NewsBlues has been following, a lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump‘s campaign against a Rhinelander TV station over a political ad it aired has been dismissed – according to the WausauDailyHerald.

Attorneys from Trump’s campaign and WJFW-TV 12 agreed to drop the lawsuit with prejudice, meaning the campaign cannot file the lawsuit again, according to court documents filed Friday in Wisconsin’s Western District Court. This decision came just days after the TV station asked a judge to dismiss the case because Trump lost the presidential election to President-elect Joe Biden.

Trump’s campaign filed a defamation lawsuit in April against the NBC affiliate in Rhinelander for repeatedly airing a commercial, paid for by the Democratic super PAC Priorities USA, that strung together unrelated audio clips to make it seem like Trump said, “The coronavirus, this is their new hoax.”

The campaign sent the TV station a cease and desist letter March 25 but the station continued to run the ad, according to the lawsuit.

The motion filed Monday by the TV station argued the lawsuit should be thrown out because Trump’s campaign filed it and now that the election is over, the campaign “lacks standing to maintain this suit.” 

The ad in question, titled “Exponential Threat,” features audio of Trump talking about the pandemic and a graph showing the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the United States.