Pro-Trump journalist Cassandra Fairbanks says she has filed a lawsuit against a New York Times and Fusion reporter who accused her of making a “white power hand gesture” at the White House.
According to a tweet from Fairbanks, the defamation suit stems from a (now-deleted) tweet Emma Roller posted that read “just two people doing a white power hand gesture in the White House.”
Attached to Roller’s tweet was this image, showing Fairbanks and her fellow pro-Trump journalist Mike Cernovich at a White House press briefing.
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) April 28, 2017
Fairbanks’ suit (see it in full here) alleges that Roller “defamed another writer, commentator and journalist. Even when others corrected the defamation, Roller refused until the eve of this suit.”
“Roller went further,” it continues, “factually telling the world this ‘white power’ signal had been identified as such by the Anti-Defamation League.”
“What was this ‘white power’ signal? The ‘ok’ hand signal. Within days of this false story by Roller – spread to the world through her Twitter account and then throughout the internet – the ADL itself denounced this claim as a ‘hoax’ noting that the ‘ok’ sign had ‘never’ been a white power signal.”
“Did Roller correct her defamation of Cassandra Fairbanks? No. Instead, on the eve of learning of this lawsuit, Roller deleted the tweet, and tried to destroy the evidence of her saying what she said, and doing what she did.”
Emma Roller has since made her Twitter account private.
She does not appear to have made any statement in light of the lawsuit.
Many supporters of Roller have subsequently taken to Twitter to voice their disdain for Cassandra Fairbanks.
Remember, @nytopinion prefers climate denier Bret Stephens to the great Emma Roller, who's getting sued for defaming a white nationalist
— David Klion (@DavidKlion) June 1, 2017
harassing lawsuits from the extreme right are a major threat to press freedom. one profitable media company has already been bankrupted
— ryan cooper (@ryanlcooper) June 1, 2017
Solidarity with @emmaroller and every other journalist soon to be targeted with bullshit lawsuits by frauds backed by deep pockets
— Will ???? Menaker (@willmenaker) June 1, 2017
— Tom McKay (@thetomzone) June 1, 2017
there's no way she wins, it's such a dumb argument that will backfire when thousands of photos of nazis doing the symbol are introduced
— joe prince (@joeprince___) June 1, 2017
God she is such a sensitive snowflake. Someone get her a safe space for Nazis.
— wetlord jjjjjjjjjjjj (@DJCPI) June 1, 2017
Fairbanks is gonna look like crap if this goes to trial. Like she has negative damages- her followers are nazis and this raised her profile!
— JP (@JPDreammaker) June 1, 2017
Meanwhile, many supporters of Fairbanks’ are weighing in appropriately.
Glad you're standing up for yourself! ????????????????????????
— BASED LIZ (@LizCrokin) June 1, 2017
Good on you, its about time these journalists are taught a lesson on how they throw negative labels around. Go girl!
— Dan ???????????????? (@AngryEnglishGuy) June 1, 2017
Sweet…ram that defamation suit down their throats.
— Wiretapped Kimba (@Afterseven) June 1, 2017
Good…It's time to fight back!
— LAG (@lagarrido) June 1, 2017
This is important! Journalistic integrity & accountability can be defined positively or negatively based on outcome. Cassandra for the win!
— Larrie Moss (@larriemoss) June 1, 2017
Cassandra Fairbanks, Twitter