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Friday, September 02, 2016

Daily Mail apologizes to Trump

Donald Trump's call to reform the nation's libel laws drew the usual over-reaction from the nation's press, which believes it should be immune from accountability when it ruins a person's reputation.

From the Washington Post on February 26:
Rest assured, First Amendment lovers, that a hypothetical President Trump could not unilaterally change the libel laws. A big reason why President Obama's executive actions on immigration and gun control are so controversial is because they raise questions about whether he reached beyond the limits of presidential power. It's hard to imagine any serious debate about an attempt to alter libel laws, however; such an effort would clearly exceed Trump's — or any president's — authority.
Alternatively, Trump could simply use the bully pulpit to promote a culture of frivolous libel suits that ultimately wouldn't go anywhere but would force media companies to spend precious resources on defending themselves. If his goal is to cause news outlets to lose money, Trump could conceivably achieve that objective without changing any laws at all.
Wow. "Frivolous" lawsuits.

That's what coal companies said.

Chemical companies.


But the best tort reform is to not have a tort in the first place.

The Daily Mail in London libeled Melania Trump earlier this year, and refused to retract it.

She finally filed a lawsuit.

That got their attention.

From the New York Post:
Melania Trump has filed a blockbuster $150 million lawsuit against the The Daily Mail and a US-based blog claiming they defamed her when they reported that she worked for an escort service, multiple reports said Thursday.
And the British newspaper blinked just hours later, retracting its story and apologizing to the wife of GOP nominee Donald Trump.
Charles Harder, Melania Trump’s lawyer, hammered the news outlets. “These defendants made several statements about Mrs. Trump that are 100 percent false and tremendously damaging to her personal and professional reputation,” he said in a statement.
The suit was filed against the paper and the blog Tarpley in state court in Montgomery County, Maryland, CNN reported.
“Defendants broadcast their lies to millions of people throughout the U.S. and the world—without any justification,” Harder said. “Their many lies include, among others, that Mrs. Trump supposedly was an ‘escort’ in the 1990s before she met her husband. Defendants’ actions are so egregious, malicious and harmful to Mrs. Trump that her damages are estimated at 150 million dollars.”
I would say apology accepted, now where's the money that goes with it?


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  1. The cost of lawyers can be really high today when some rainmakers get 1000 dollars an hour, something the slave owners of the "press" understand well when lies for clicks is the only road to a meager profit for most of them, although the WaPo master is probably too rich to care. Perhaps the real fear of Trump is not that he will act outside the law like Obama, whom the "press" applauded for so doing, but that he will pack the Supreme Court and prevent enemies of the Constitution, including owners of the media, from writing their own laws, or open them to attack from those who feel they should lose some of the privileges and protections given them 200 years ago they no longer seem to

  2. One way to bring media companies back to reality is to reform copyright laws. 14 years and stop. No exceptions. Most of Disney goes into the public domain. Job done.

  3. Also, Trump can raise a YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE stink and point out how BAD the press acts and how BAD they look doing so.

  4. I am impressed that she filed this in the US not the UK

    1. Good point. Easier to win in England where libel laws still protect public figure

  5. If I can sue them there,
    I'm gonna sue them anywhere
    It's up to you, New York, New York...

    Maybe the Daily Mail ought to have a little talk with Nick Denton before they let this thing go too much further.

    Steve in Greensboro

  6. The apology will soon vanish into the ether, forgotten by newspaper and readers alike, while the slander will live long in people's memory because the accusation was so sensational. I hope she will not drop her lawsuit against the DM. The DM needs to feel real pain or it will sin again. A settlement of $20 million to be donated by the DM to charity, perhaps an organization that helps disabled American veterans, and publicly announced by the Trumps, would be a good way to bring the affair to a close.

  7. The only way to handle libellous Leftie punks is to go early, go hard, go pocketbook.

    They learn, sooner or later, not to mess with you.

    Am I alone here in thinking that, when you're forced to punch a jerk in the nose, you aim for the back of the head?