FAST FIVE: Dershowitz Sues CNN For $300,000,000 In Defamation Action
However, to prevail against a media company, a public figure must meet a higher standard for defamation.
The amount includes $50,000,000 in compensatory damages and $250,000,000 in punitive damages for a total of $300,000,000. Dershowitz is worth a great deal of money but it is hard to see how CNN's coverage resulted in a loss of $50 million, particularly when he was widely criticized for his arguments by academics and commentators alike.
There are three possible motives that a political figure could have.
One, a motive in the public interest and the Israel argument would be in the public interest.
However, the motive is critical to that threshold determination and the rather fluid description of motives leads back to the same concern: that a president can virtually always present a determinative motivational defense under this argument.