Sunday, May 24, 2015

"Libel" does not mean what you think it means

A politician threatens libel

"Libel" does not mean what you think it means

Now that the Philadelphia news media has written a story that conservatives simply LOVE, maybe they'll read this and agree that here in Pennsylvania the deck is stacked in favor of politicians and against anyone who dares try to expose them. On what planet does "libel" mean "a story that a politician doesn't like"? For a public figure -- like the attorney general of a large state -- to win a libel suit, she would have to prove the newspaper knowingly printed false information...good luck with that.

(Blogger's note: Filling in on a busy editing shift, apologies for the light blogging. See you next week!)

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