TRUMP RE­VIVES THREAT TO LI­BEL LAW

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wash­ing­ton » Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is re­viv­ing his threat to tar­get li­bel laws that gov­ern free­dom of the press.

Trump wrote on Twit­ter Thurs­day that The New York Times has “dis­graced the me­dia world,” adding, “Change li­bel laws?”

Li­bel law in the U. S. gen­er­ally makes it dif­fi­cult for pub­lic fig­ures to sue re­porters and oth­ers who crit­i­cize them. The Supreme Court has re­peat­edly held that a plain­tiff must demon­strate that state­ments were fac­tu­ally in­ac­cu­rate as well as made with “ac­tual mal­ice” or a “reck­less dis­re­gard” for the truth.

Dur­ing his cam­paign, Trump re­peat­edly threat­ened to weaken con­sti­tu­tional pro­tec­tions for the press to make it eas­ier for him to sue them. B B B

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Dur­ing his cam­paign, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­peat­edly threat­ened to weaken con­sti­tu­tional pro­tec­tions for the me­dia.

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