“Opening up” libel law, cont’d

It is not clear whether a Thursday tweet from President Donald “Sue the Press” Trump should be interpreted as a serious policy proposal as distinct from an irritable gesture, but if its logic were pursued it might suggest that the chief executive favors extending defamation liability to coverage that is incomplete as opposed to untruthful and would have been fairer if it included points to be made on behalf of a covered personage. That’s not how defamation works under current First Amendment law, though [Jacob Sullum; earlier on Trump and libel]


  • Trump was telling the press to get off his lawn.

  • Come on, Walter, that first sentence is a killer to read.

    • I must have been in a German mood. You’re lucky I didn’t save all the verbs for the end.