NBC Sued for Libel and Slander after Comparing Tannerite Target Company to Terrorists, Killing Americans

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NBC Sued for Libel and Slander after Comparing Tannerite Target Company to Terrorists, Killing Americans


Shot heard 'round Rockefeller Plaza

Talk about missing the mark.

NBC reporter Jeff Rossen's report on the use of Tannerite rifle targets has led to their maker filing libel and slander lawsuits against the network, according to Townhall.com.

In his report on "The Today Show," Rossen likens the reactive targets to "bombs for sale" at sporting goods stores, and calls them a threat to national security, pointing out that one of their key ingredients, ammonium nitrate, was used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and in IEDs used against troops in Afghanistan.

Despite Rossen's claims, Tannerite is non-flammable and non- incendiary, and it only can be activated when struck by a high- velocity rifle round moving at more than 2,000 feet per second.

Web retail giant loses patience with feds

Amazon.com has made good on threats to take its business elsewhere if U.S. regulators didn't move forward with rules on commercial drones, The Guardian reports.

Eager to start in on potentially lucrative plans to deliver products within 30 minutes to customers via the unmanned aircraft, Amazon contended with what it called a sluggish regulatory process in which technology became obsolete before the company received approval from the Federal Aviation Authority to test it.

While waiting six and eight months for responses from the FAA, the company has set up a test site north of the border in Canada, where approval of its license to test drones took just three weeks, The Guardian says. …

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