CNN and CBS Both Off the Hook in Defamation Lawsuit Over That Nonexistent Mass Grave

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This lady: still in trouble. Very much so.
A couple weeks back, we gave you an update on the unlucky Liberty County couple still trying to sue the self-proclaimed psychic who wrongly told police they had a huge mass grave filled with tiny dead children on their property. Presley "Rhonda" Gridley, who the couple alleges is the psychic in question, maintained in a letter to the court that she has no idea why she's being sued. She is, it's becoming clear, just not much of a psychic.

Other than Gridley, though, the number of people the couple are actively suing for defamation is quickly dwindling. As of last week, CNN's parent company, Cable News Network Inc., and KHOU-TV, an affiliate of CBS, are both off the hook. The dismissal was first reported by Courthouse News.

For those of you keeping score, that means The New York Times, Belo, Reuters America, ABC and even Liberty County are all hook-free here. We don't know why, exactly, only that the couple, Joe Bankson and Gena Charlton, were the ones who requested the dismissal. They did so with the stipulation that they'll be allowed to refile the suit at a later date, if they choose.

See also:
- Angel the Psychic, Wrong About All Those Bodies at a Liberty County Farmhouse, Is Apparently Unaware She's Being Sued

Even though the media outlets in this case are all getting out of the legal hot-seat, this was still a pretty embarrassing moment for them. Just after the massive dead person false alarm first happened, the Guardian took them to task, calling the whole thing a "fiasco" and a "journalistic corpse-a-palooza." NPR, less colorfully and more NPR-ishly, called it a reminder "to slow down and let the facts become more clear before we rush to report."

We can probably all agree on that. We have to, really, to avoid being extensively sued. So let's get back to cracking cheap jokes about psychics instead: What do you call a short psychic who escaped from prison? A small medium at large.

I know. I'm sorry. We'll have more on this very important lawsuit as it further develops. Or devolves. Whichever.


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TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Everytime I get a medium, I'm always disappointed that I didn't go with the large.

Daniel
Daniel

Can I sue the fortune teller who told me that in my past life I was a prince on the lost continent of Atlantis? Turns out I merely ran the ancient equivalent of a mini-mart in what is now Latvia. (Sold mostly garlic and a strong but very crude beer made of cassava.) 

So what the hell am I supposed to do with my false sense of self-importance now? 

if6were9
if6were9

I bet the psychic didn't see this one coming.  

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

I am not surprised at the media gullibility.  they are always running stories about a being in the sky with magical powers; people who believe in ghosts or reincarnated idols.


sheesh, what crackpots.

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