This is what libel actually looks like

Recently, Trump threatened to sue the NYT for libel because they printed allegations of sexual assault against him from numerous women.  As I’m pretty sure I mentioned at the time, Trump’s expansive ignorance naturally includes utter ignorance of libel law.  For a publication to be guilty of libel against a public figure the publication must act with actual malice– knowledge that what they are printing is false or reckless disregard for the truth.

Here’s a NY Post cover from this weekend:

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That “Weiner sext probe found dirt on Hill” is absolutely false.  Absolutely.  The probe found that his laptop contained emails of his wife relating to Hillary Clinton.  I’ve not seen a single leak from the FBI (and they are leaking like a sieve while investigating Hillary for not being secure enough) suggesting there was actually “dirt” in these emails.  Thus, in no way is that “dirt” on Hillary.  To suggest otherwise is casebook “reckless disregard for the truth.” And, hey, that’s actually libel.  Not that I expect or think Hillary should sue, but, a useful lesson for Donald Trump.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

4 Responses to This is what libel actually looks like

  1. R. Jenrette says:

    Time for some videos on off screen takes of “The Apprentice”.

    • Steve Greene says:

      Yes. But if they had them, they would have undoubtedly been out today.

      • R. Jenrette says:

        I saw a man on TV who headed a group that had collected five million dollars which he said is the penalty amount in the nondisclosure agreement between the owner of the video records and the Trump organization. The gentleman said he had had no response.
        He believed the owners had videos that might be pertinent to the allegations of Trump’s creating a negative work space while filming “The Apprentice” as alleged.

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