Skip to comments.Donald Trump: We're going to 'open up' libel laws
Posted on 02/27/2016 10:02:24 AM PST by dschapin
Donald Trump said on Friday he plans to change libel laws in the United States so that he can have an easier time suing news organizations.
During a rally in Fort Worth, Texas, Trump began his usual tirade against newspapers such as The New York Times and The Washington Post, saying they're "losing money" and are "dishonest." The Republican presidential candidate then took a different turn, suggesting that when he's president they'll "have problems."
"One of the things I'm going to do if I win, and I hope we do and we're certainly leading. I'm going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. We're going to open up those libel laws. So when The New York Times writes a hit piece which is a total disgrace or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they're totally protected," Trump said.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2016/02/donald-trump-libel-laws-219866#ixzz41OOQy1Ch
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
As much as we hate the media, the idea of the President wanting to change the law to make it easier for him to censor the media should scare us more.
Vigorous free debate has always been a cornerstone of America. The fact that Trump is announcing that he wants to crack down on this confirms everything that I have feared about his authoritarian tendencies. We need a president not a strongman or dictator.
Please, I am begging any of you Trump supporters who also care about our freedom to reconsider your support for this man.
begging .. LOL
If what is said is provably wrong, sue their @sses.
Actually I agree.
I’d want it done intelligently, but the US media is a propaganda arm of the Uniparty. They lie and they are focused on manipulating society for purely evil ends.
If the media tell lies I want them stopped. Adjustments to the Libel laws sounds like an excellent idea to me.
That’s positively frightening.
Goodbye first amendment under President Trump.
Smart guy, huh?
The election is what, five months before the election?
That will be five months for the media to unload every barrel they have prepared in their entire arsenal.
It’s not an attack on free speech. It’s an attack on deliberate, criminal lies.
The news media have different laws from the rest of us. They can get away with blatant, deliberate lies and not be sued for libel. And they do it, constantly. Against decent people and in support of their communist principles.
What he’s saying is that the news media don’t deserve to have a special privilege to tell dirty lies that is denied to the rest of us.
Good, we’ll finally be able to deal with DAN RATHER, CANDY CROWLEY, and all of the other animals that hide behind media cover and collude with the Democrats.
It is ABOUT TIME!
It’s called the First Amendment, Donny. It protects free political speech. #Trumpelthinskin
If Mark Steyn can be sued by the idiot “hockey stick” guy, why can’t WaPo or the NYT be sued for far worse?
He’ll never get any of this past Congress. He’s still thinking like a CEO.
Watch his minions here agree with him.
Say the following was written about you?
good that only makes him stronger with the voters when the media comes after him full bore.... you evidently still don’t get his strategy..
Current law requires proof of malicious intent. If we strip that protection away then any controversial article could end up in court. Seriously some of you Trump supporters don’t seem to care if you kill not the Republican Party but America and our freedoms.
“...good that only makes him stronger with the voters when the media comes after him full bore.... you evidently still dont get his strategy.”
GREAT POINT. It is a shot across the bow at the media to WATCH IT, as they know that the statue of limitations will NOT be expired by the time Trump takes office.
This prevents the BIG SLIME (followed by the p 10 small print retraction).
That is fair game in politics and has been ever since the beginning. If someone writes something that is unfair about you then you refute it. The only time that you can sue is that if someone has written something that is provably false and you can show that it was done with malicious intent. If you take those protections away then you radically chill free speech. This is serious stuff guys.
There will be a special government department set up to approve all news stories. It will be called The Ministry of Truth.
Amazing what he gets away saying.
If Hillary said the same thing; there would be 18 threads here raising the (correct) alarm.
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