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Radio Host Files Defamation Suit Against Ohio Man Behind White Nationalist Website

photo of Daily Stormer lawsuit

The central Ohio man who’s behind the white nationalist website The Daily Stormer has gotten a lot of attention since this weekend’s violence in Virginia. He’s now facing a defamation lawsuit filed in Columbus by a well-known Muslim comedian, columnist and radio host.

SiriusXM Radio host Dean Obeidallah says he’s received death threats since Worthington-native Andrew Anglin posted fake tweets about him on Anglin’s Daily Stormer site. Those tweets claim Obeidallah was the terrorist mastermind behind the Ariana Grande concert bombing in England in May. 

After this weekend’s events at a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Obeidallah says he and the group Muslim Advocates filed the lawsuit to hold Anglin accountable.

“I’ve defended anti-Muslim figures that put up posters in New York City that demonize Muslims. I will defend the Klan to have peaceful rallies. This goes beyond any discussions or opinions,” he said.

Obeidallah also notes the Daily Stormer has been linked to people involved in other high-profile killings, such as Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof.

Karen is a lifelong Ohioan who has served as news director at WCBE-FM, assignment editor/overnight anchor at WBNS-TV, and afternoon drive anchor/assignment editor in WTAM-AM in Cleveland. In addition to her daily reporting for Ohio’s public radio stations, she’s reported for NPR, the BBC, ABC Radio News and other news outlets. She hosts and produces the Statehouse News Bureau’s weekly TV show “The State of Ohio”, which airs on PBS stations statewide. She’s also a frequent guest on WOSU TV’s “Columbus on the Record”, a regular panelist on “The Sound of Ideas” on ideastream in Cleveland, appeared on the inaugural edition of “Face the State” on WBNS-TV and occasionally reports for “PBS Newshour”. She’s often called to moderate debates, including the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s Issue 3/legal marijuana debate and its pre-primary mayoral debate, and the City Club of Cleveland’s US Senate debate in 2012.