Skip to comments.Trump seizes on NYU professorís (fabricated) tweet to push change of libel laws
Posted on 05/27/2019 8:26:46 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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Democrats go along and get along (quite well, I might add) with Establishment journalism. Consequently Democrats dont get libeled.
It follows that the conceit of SCOTUSs 1964 New York Times v. Sullivan decision - that public officials cant sue for libel is - de facto, a holding that Republicans cant sue for libel. And thus, that Democrats are entitled not only to their own opinions, but also to their own facts.
Some Republican has to sue the media - as, the AP and its membership, and all other wire services for libel and for violation of antitrust law. And demand that Sullivan - unanimous and enthusiastically concurred with as it was - to be declared bad precedent.
The First Amendment did not create freedom of the press, it preserved it - and also the rights of the people to sue for libel and slander, and the right of governments to censor pornography. The right of public officials to vindicate their reputations via libel suits inherently entails the defense of ordinary voters from being besmirched for voting for officials whose reputations are unjustly besmirched.
SCOTUS (in its Warren Court incarnation) created this mess, and SCOTUS must clean it up. Legislation wouldnt help.
So if I tweeted “Ian Bremmer is a pedophile and has been for 20 years. Parents do NOT send your kids to his university” and then 30 minutes later deleted the tweet it would be OK?
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