CanWest hit with defamation suit

As if it wasn’t facing enough problems, CanWest Global and one of its columnists has been served with a defamation suit from Arthur Kent, failed Alberta provincial candidate, over a column written three weeks before Alberta’s last provincial election. Mr. Kent charges that the National Post wrote such a derogatory column that it amounted to “nothing less than political vandalism.” Could be an interesting case of fair comment and the relationship between MSM media comment on a politician during an election campaign, or could turn into nothing, which is where most defamation cases end up. However, Mr. Kent did negotiate a settlement against the filmmakers of Charlie Wilson’s War, in which clips of him as a reporter during Gulf War were used without his permission.

Globe and Mail, October 21 2008