Fulton Daily Reporter: Experts: McKinney libel claims face a tough road

A LIBEL COMPLAINT claiming that former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney was the victim of “false and defamatory statements” published by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and its Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial columnist, Cynthia Tucker, left a local libel expert dubious of the action’s likelihood of success—and somewhat puzzled as to what McKinney is claiming the newspaper did to her.

“I think [McKinney] has a very difficult road ahead of her in making her case,” said Robert L. Rothman, an Arnall Golden Gregory partner who practices media law and who reviewed the July 26 filing at the Daily Report’s request. “The media has a very high level of protection in these sorts of cases, and the burden is very heavy.”

Since being voted out of office, McKinney has made speeches and presentations to groups around the country and has recently been mentioned as a potential Green Party presidential candidate. Efforts to contact her or the Georgia Green Party were unsuccessful.

Cynthia Shows AmericanBlackout to Green Party Gathering

Cynthia at the 2007 Green Party Annual Meeting.

On Sunday, July 15th, Cynthia McKinney spoke at a showing of American Blackout, shown to participants at the Annual National Meeting of the Green Party of the United States. Among the questions she fielded after the movie were ones related to the theft of the presidential elections in 2000 and 2004, the unscrupulous strategies used against her in the 2002 and 2006 congressional races and her thoughts on what is required to strategically move the Green Party towards 5% of the vote in the Presidential elections. Here audience was quite appreciative and and combined standing ovations with chants urging her to "Run, Cynthia, Run." (Running time: 45:18)

Nation: Greens Hear Nader, McKinney and Ponder the Politics of 2008

The Green Party's national meeting in Reading, Pa., highlighted the fact that there are a good many Americans who want an alternative to the often disappointing choices offered them by the Republican and Democratic parties. Featuring major addresses by consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, as well as former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney ☼, D-Ga., the annual "Green for a Change" gathering held July 12-15 attracted hundreds of activists from across the country.

Neither Nader or McKinney is running for the presidency now. But their appearances at a meeting that was seen as an opportunity for announced and potential candidates to meet and greet Green activists from around the country was significant.

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McKinney was similarly circumspect. The former congresswoman's not a candidate yet, she said, but she is talking seriously to a number of Green activists. And, McKinney added, she too is getting plenty of encouragement to make the race.

That was evident in Reading on Sunday, when McKinney's speech was greeted with chants of "Run, Cynthia, run!"

an Interview on WBAI with Bobby Seal and Cynthia McKinne

22:42 minutes (51.96 MB)

In this radio interview, WBAI speaks first to Bobby Seale about the history of the founding of the Black Panther Party, its work to monitor rogue police conduct in the Black community and his current work.

Fifteen minutes into this twenty-three minute program, Cynthia McKinney joined the interview to discuss a recent case where the New York City Police Department harassed and arrested civil rights attorneys who stopped to observe inappropriate police conduct in the city. She also discusses the recent 'family jewels' revelations of illegal activities by the US Central Intelligence Agency. She discusses her legislation from the 106th Congress which would, if passed, have withheld Federal financing and material support from local police departments found responsible for violating the human and civil rights of people in their jurisdiction.

She wraps up commenting on the US Social Forum in Atlanta and on the unresponsiveness of the elected Congress to the demands for peace by the American people.

"Well, obviously, the members of the United States Congress and the Democratic majority in that Congress have not been responsive to the voices of the people who want a stop to war in Iraq and the senseless wars that are going on and the threat of world war. Because the wars have been funded.

"The American people have rachet up our engagement with the system that purportedly represents us. Now if people in Haiti, and Venezuela, and Bolivia and Chile and Brazil and Nicauraugua can stand up for their right to vote, to have their vote counted, to make democracy very real for them, then surely we in the United States can do the same. And we have an obligation to not only ourselves, but the international community, to do the same."

Two Proud Supporters show off their signed T-Shirts

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Dear Congresswoman McKinney,

Please see the attached photo of 2 happy supporters proudly displaying the "Cynthia McKinney for Congress" message.

Your leadership and vote has been sorely missed in Congress these past months. We look forward to hearing your decision for 2008.

Thank you for everything.

George Cammarota

Editors note: You can get your own signed t-shirts at Ms. McKinney's online store.

Cynthia Speaks to Revolutionary Love Event, Harlem June 9th, 2007

Video: Cynthia McKinney speaks to the Revolutionary Love event.

Program title "Revolutionary Love"
Running time 37:42
Event to retire her Congressional campaign debt also featured Lynne Stewart and MC'd by Pacifica's Robert Knight.
Talks about her political history and 2008.

In this video recorded speech, Ms. McKinney spoke at length on the struggles against the Jim Crow election laws of Georgia, the backlash to her electoral success, the impact of COINTELPRO activities by Federal law enforcement agencies, and on her hopes for 2008.

“The West fuels the conflicts in Africa” says McKinney in Court testimony on the deaths in Rwanda and Congo

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They aren’t just a profitable venture in their own right – arms exports sometimes constitute a strategy to attain more profitable aims. Cynthia McKinney, former US congresswoman sent to Africa in 1996 to carry out Clinton’s policy in the Great Lakes region, testified on Tuesday at the Audiencia Nacional [National Court of Spain] in the lawsuit initiated by the International Forum for Truth and Justice in Africa of the Great Lakes Region. “I accused his Administration of having acted as accomplices in the war crimes in Congo and instigating a genocide.”

“What my government wanted,” McKinney explained to La Vanguardia “wasn’t in the best interest of the Congolese people: Clinton kept me there because he wanted an African-American whom Kabila trusted. Even though Mobutu was, technically, the President of Congo, it was Kabila who was in charge of granting the mining concessions.”

The ploy, which was denounced by McKinney and the Forum for Truth and Justice, and which . . .

PSA: Evening of Revolutionary Love

1:00 minutes (2.31 MB)

This Public Service Anouncement produced by Don DeBar, includes additional details for the June 9th event: "An Evening of Revolutionary Love". The evening features Cynthia McKinney, Lynne Stewart, Vinie Burrows, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Randy Credico, Prof. Louie & Fast Eddy, film clips from American Blackout and Paul Chan's award-winning short on Lynne Stewart, as well as poetry, music, special guests and a "silent auction". This spot is in rotation at WBAI today.

Please forward this PSA to other broadcast and Internet radio stations, put it up on your favorite website and send it to your email list. Join Ms. McKinney Saturday night.

From the source:

Cindy Sheehan Quits the Democrat Party

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Taylor Report Interview, May 28th, 20 by Cynthia McKinney

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60:32 minutes (13.86 MB)

The Taylor Report

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