As usual, Justice Thomas is right. Sullivan violated the Equal Protection clause. The Supreme Court arbitrarily and unilaterally created a different libel standard for public vs private citizens. It had no authority or constitutional basis for doing so.
Justice Thomas is in my Trump box.
That is, I may not always understand
what he is doing, but I’m with him 100%.
Ding! Ding! Ding!
Just what, by the way, is a journalist? Just who, btw, is a member of the media?
If I wear a badge around my neck on a lanyard with the words "Daily Planet," does this somehow give me rights and protections my neighbor without the badge does not share?
No. Like the militia, every citizen is a member. Or rather, there is ZERO constitutional grounding of something we call journalism. If I write a report and read it from a soapbox on the street corner, then I am a journalist.
My favorite justice.
Absolutely right! His opinions remind me of the writings of James Madison. The biggest mistake of the second Bush presidency was the failure to nominate Mr. Thomas to be Chief Justice...