Mother Jones “comfortable” with VanderSloot Story

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The editor of Mother Jones says she and the magazine is not “backing away” from a story regarding Melaleuca CEO, Frank VanderSloot.

As we reported earlier this week,  VanderSloot has filed a lawsuit against the magazine for “depicting him as a ‘gay-basher’.

Monika Bauerlein, Mother Jones magazine’s co-editor-in-chief, tells the Post Register’s  Zack Kyle, “This isn’t the first (libel suit the magazine has faced), though it doesn’t happen very often,” Bauerlein said. “We take a lot of pride in our track record and in our reporting. Needless to say, we stand by our work in this case.”

While the term “gay bashing” does not appear in the Mother Jones article, the Post Register reported,’court documents point to Bauerlein’s Feb. 6 tweet that read: “Romney’s gay-bashing buddy runs a company that targets stay-at-home moms for misleading marketing scheme. Charming!”

Bauerlein tells Localnews8.com that in “September 2012, Mother Jones editors met face-to-face with VanderSloot”, over his concerns with the article….but in October 2012, conversation between Melaleuca and Mother Jones ended.”

VanderSloot, who  served as national finance co-chair of the Mitt Romney presidential campaign,  is asking for, “up to $74,999 in damages.”

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