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Shane Savitsky Mar 30, 2017
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Trump suggestion: "change libel laws"

President Trump continued his attack against the "failing" New York Times this morning, firing off another tweet:

Coincidentally, the Times has pertinent experience with libel law — it likely knows that the only possible libel law at play here is the United States Constitution. Per the holding of the Supreme Court in its 1964 decision in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan:

"A State cannot, under the First and Fourteenth Amendments, award damages to a public official for defamatory falsehood relating to his official conduct unless he proves "actual malice" — that the statement was made with knowledge of its falsity or with reckless disregard of whether it was true or false."