From the Hollywood Reporter:
HBO has lost the first round in its fight with Murray Energy over a June 18 broadcast of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, which covered President Donald Trump's generous treatment of the coal industry.
The network wanted a federal court rather than a West Virginia state judge to take up the quarrel over . . .
West Virginia ACLU files amicus brief in Murray lawsuit against HBO's "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver"
As you probably know, Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy, filed a defamation suit against John Oliver and HBO for a segment on his show, "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver," did a couple of weeks ago on coal that featured Murray. (You can watch it here). Earlier this week, the West Virginia ACLU filed an amicus brief in the case. . . .
John Oliver strikes again!
In May, I wrote about Sinclair Broadcasting's growth in local television news. (See here and here.) Early that month, Sinclair bought Tribune Media for $4 billion making it America's largest local television station owner and it will soon be capable of reaching 70% of America. (WTOV, Channel 9 in Steubenville, is one of its stations.) . . .
On Sunday, HBO's John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" had a major segment on coal and local coal owner Robert Murray. Oliver takes on coal and dares Murray, who loves to sue media sources for what Murray believes is unfair coverage, to sue him. It's a well-documented (if a bit long) segment.
That didn't take long -- I . . .