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Yes, That IS Freedom of the Press

Upset that the New York Times had printed leaked reports of infighting and desperation among his campaign’s staffers, Donald Trump tweeted yesterday:

“It is not ‘freedom of the press’ when newspapers and others are allowed to say and write whatever they want even if it is completely false!”

Actually, that IS freedom of the press. Newspapers and others ARE allowed to say and write whatever they want. Then, if what they write is completely false, others are able to write to document that. If the malicious intent to publish falsehood can be documented, then a libel lawsuit can be filed. That’s how freedom of the press and more broadly freedom of speech work in America.

Donald Trump really should know better. He manages to say and write whatever he wants even when it is completely false all the time — his latest tweet included.

One thought on “Yes, That IS Freedom of the Press”

  1. John Makowichuk says:

    There’s also a fundamental right called “freedom of the reader”.

    If we demand more integrity of our news sources, openly and publicly, those that spread fear (which is just legalized terrorism) and speculation (which is just monetized gossip) will filter out.

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