Webster G. Tarpley: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
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Webster G. Tarpley: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Webster G. Tarpley. (Twitter)

A Maryland-based blogger is being sued alongside Daily Mail Online for libel by Melania Trump. The lawsuit claims Webster G. Tarpley and the British news site made false and defamatory statements about her involvement in an escort service.

Tarpley, a 69-year-old author, journalist and self-described “philosopher of history,” published his story on August 2 on his website, Tarpley.net. It was later retracted.

Tarpley and the Daily Mail have not commented about the lawsuit. It is not known if they have hired attorneys.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Melania Trump Called the ‘Defamatory Statements’ in Tarpley’s Blog Post Attacks on Her Character

Melania Trump, wife of presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, addresses delegates on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Getty)

Melania Trump, wife of presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, addresses delegates on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Getty)

The lawsuit was filed September 1 in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland.

“These defendants made several statements about Mrs. Trump that are 100% false and tremendously damaging to her personal and professional reputation,” said Charles Harder, the attorney who is representing the wife of the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, in a statement.

You can read the full complaint below:

Harder, who represented wrestler Hulk Hogan in his lawsuit that bankrupted Gawker, said the “defendants broadcast their lies to millions of people throughout the U.S. and the world—without any justification. Their many lies include, among others, that Mrs. Trump supposedly was an ‘escort’ in the 1990s before she met her husband.”

He called their actions “so egregious, malicious and harmful to Mrs. Trump that her damages are estimated at $150 million dollars.”


2. Tarpley Issued a Retraction & Apology on His Website

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Webster Tarpley. (Twitter)

Harder issued a retraction and apology on August 22, after being contacted by Melania Trump’s attorney, according to the lawsuit.

He put the retraction on his website in a post titled, “Formal Retraction of Factual Assertions and Innunendos Regarding Melania Trump.

“While the tarpley.net editors, writers and contributors did not generate said rumors, the briefing in question was not diligent in fact-checking or maintaining a healthy distance between innuendo and fact,” the post said. “As such, Webster G. Tarpley, as editor of the content that appears on tarpley.net, hereby officially retracts the August 2, 2016 morning briefing in full and apologizes to Mrs. Trump for any duress and harm she may have endured as a result of the contents of the August 2, 2016 morning briefing.”

Daily Mail Online also posted a retraction and apology on September 1, after the lawsuit was filed.


3. He Has Written Several Books & Hosts a Weekly Radio Show Along With His Website

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Tarpley is the author of several books and hosts a weekly radio show, World Crisis Radio, online each week.

His first book, George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography, was published in 1992. He has also written books about Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and the financial crisis.

According to his website, Tarpley is originally from Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He graduated from Princeton in 1966, was a Fulbright Scholar in Italy and earned master’s degrees from Skidmore College and Catholic University.


4. He Has Written & Talked About Several Conspiracy Theories & Has Claimed 9/11 Was a ‘False Flag Operation’

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Tarpley has written and talked often about conspiracy theories, including his belief that 9/11 was a “false flag operation” carried out the military-industrial complex. You can watch a video of him talking about that theory below:

He has also claimed that Edward Snowden’s leaks about the National Security Agency were a “CIA limited hangout operation” in which the agency published minor information to conceal greater misdeeds.


5. He Has Been an Outspoken Critic of Donald Trump Throughout His Presidential Campaign

Tarpley has been critical of Donald Trump on his website .

In one post, he compared Trump to Hitler:

Trump, as has been widely noted, does not care about facts or accuracy. He has total contempt for facts and for reality in general, and many of his followers share in this attitude. How can he deport 12 million Latinos? How can he force Mexico to build and pay for a wall? How can the figures in his demagogic budget plan add up? The answer is always that mere reality will always yield to the ruthless exercise of Trump’s Triumph of the Will — meaning his dynamism, the force of his personality, his determination, his bold courage, and so forth. This is of course an exercise in the pathology of magical thinking, which assigns supernatural powers to the fascist hotelier.

Tarpley has also protested at several Trump campaign events.

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Anyone else

Jesus those people love to sue. It’s ridiculous how much of the taxpayer’s money goes to the court system and all the related expenses accrued by one family’s overzealous need to sue sunshine and everyone who calls them out for the fake, narcissistic, anti-social trash they are! People should be more upset about that. There are many better things our taxes could be paying for than the millions of public servants’ man hours wasted simply because one guy has an ego the size of Texas and can’t handle a little criticism. And his fake mail order bride is apparently no better.

beijingyank

Poor Dr. Tarpley PhD,
He did great work on the many 9/11 military drills and his discovery of “Angel is Next” revealed the extent of the coup on that fateful day. His work on the assassination of Aldo Moro is a classic about state sponsored terrorism.
He could have had his bread buttered had he gravitated toward supporting Trump and real change.
Tarpley is a Catholic, Trump was a Catholic. Tarpley would have gained serious traction through investigating Fred Trump and his heroism within the NY Catholic community in face of the KKK libel. But no. Tarpley had to be a Mockingbird basher and he has now hurt the Truther community and himself. His ideas are now relegated to a flat world where he sailed and fell off the edge.
Poor Dr. Tarpley PhD.
He really screwed the pooch on this one.

Post Conventional

He screwed the pooch by refusing to endorse an egomaniacal, narcissistic, anti-social megalomaniacal twat? Your logic is deeply flawed, friend. But it sounds like you’re a Catholic, so i totally get it. (Some of us former Catholics went to Catholic Unis and educated ourselves on the oppressive, misogynistic, classist history of the biggest scam in institutionalized religion (which is all suspect, anyhow), but…yeah. Tarpley’s mistake was not supporting–and even having the flagrant GALL to stand up to!–a POS Neanderthal slimeball. THAT makes sense.

Bwaaard

Why do you hate logic so much? Is it because deep down you have issues with yourself that you project on others? Dont worry big Mommy Clinton will allow you to suck at the teat as long as you like.

david bowie (@notbobsaget)

no its this idea that trump is more than any elected leader in america’s history. the people that own american policy own trump. aka the jews trumps kids are married to. trump is the same for the right as obama was for the left.

trumps election is only to give the impression that our system works. it doesnt, and i dont say that because hillary lost, shes a clinton, shes a bush criminal to the core. and this idea that trump is a benevolent dictator, is naive.

its a big club, and none of you are in it.

Alex

Criticisms against Trump basically amount to, “he says mean things!!” Meanwhile, Mrs. Clinton is on her 4th FBI investigation, appears to be involved in pedophilia, selling US policy via server on her private server, staging false flags in Syria, lauding Cisco for its oppressive work in China and on and on and on. Trump might be crass and vulgar but he is CLEARLY the better choice of the 2.

Hagbard Celine (@Hagbard69)

He should have stayed neutral and not tacitly endorse Clinton. Both Clinton and Trump spell bad news for your country. He was bashing Sanders from day one and gave little to no support to a “fellow socialist”. I think Tarpley’s true colours came out. He’s a closet Clintonista.
Too bad, as I deeply respect his work on uncovering the methods and tactics used to create false flag terrorism.

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