Attorney for The Gateway Pundit Sends Letter to Former CIA Chief and Newsguard Board Member Following His Defamatory Statements on CSPAN

Former CIA Director went on CSPAN in September 2018 and accused The Gateway Pundit of posting racist remarks in our report on former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In September 2017 former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva was the ONLY Steeler to come out of the locker room on the field for the National Anthem before his Sunday game. The Gateway Pundit cheered Alejandro for being the only Steelers player to stand at attention during the National Anthem at the home game in Pittsburgh.

Villanueva stood with his hand over his heart and sang along with pride during the National Anthem.

In September 2018 former CIA Director Michael Hayden went on CSPAN to promote his new book, The Assault on Intelligence. During his appearance, to our amazement, General Hayden accused The Gateway Pundit of “getting racial pretty quick” when we reported on Villanueva. He shared this garbage with his audience.
Of course this was completely inaccurate and irresponsible statements.

General Hayden is also on the Advisory Board at Newsguard, a controversial anti-Trump “fact check” group that targets and smears conservative publishers.

Last week our lawyer sent the attached letter to Mr. Hayden demanding a correction.

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Jim Hoft is the founder and editor of The Gateway Pundit, one of the top conservative news outlets in America. Jim was awarded the Reed Irvine Accuracy in Media Award in 2013 and is the proud recipient of the Breitbart Award for Excellence in Online Journalism from the Americans for Prosperity Foundation in May 2016. In 2023, The Gateway Pundit received the Most Trusted Print Media Award at the American Liberty Awards.

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