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|Subject: Pat threatens legal action re. charity scam||Date: 9/7/2013 12:32 PM|
|Author: Tuni||Number: 427854 of 435158|
"Pat Robertson Threatens Legal Action Against Filmmakers For Exposing Charity Scam
Submitted by Brian Tashman on Friday, 9/6/2013 12:00 pm
Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network is already weighing legal action against two filmmakers over their documentary depicting the televangelist's egregious misrepresentations of the activities of his charity, Operation Blessing.
An Operation Blessing spokesman told The Virginian-Pilot that they are "considering legal action" against Lara Zizic and David Turner, whose film "Mission Congo" will hold its premier at the Toronto International Film Festival, over the film's supposed "false and defamatory" content.
CBN has a history of going after Robertson's critics; for example, they recently embarked on an unsuccessful push to cover up a video of Robertson — first posted here on Right Wing Watch —arguing that gay men wear special rings that they use to infect random people they meet with HIV/AIDS.
Chris McGreal of The Guardian reports that the film depicts how Robertson diverted charitable activities to help mining projects that he owned and grossly exaggerated the work of Operation Blessing among Rwandan refugees.
The bulk of the thousands of doctors and nurses struggling to save lives – as about 40,000 people died of cholera – were volunteers for the international medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The Bible readers were hired by the American televangelist and former religious right presidential candidate, Pat Robertson, and his aid organisation, Operation Blessing International."
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