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Trump says administration will take 'very strong look' at stricter libel laws
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Bradley K. Sperman
2018-01-11 14:17:52 UTC
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President Trump on Wednesday called for tougher libel laws,
saying the current iteration is a “sham and a disgrace” as he
addressed his Cabinet and reporters at the White House.

“Can’t say things that are false, knowingly false, and be able
to smile as money pours into your bank account,” Trump said at
his Cabinet meeting. “We are going to take a very, very strong
look at that.”

Conservatives and liberals have largely agreed that there
should be a high bar for libel claims from public officials,
requiring the officials to show actual malice — or that the news
organization knew the claims were false before publishing them.

Trump’s complaints about libel are not new; he has somewhat
regularly called for tougher libel laws as he has smarted over
news coverage, decried “fake” news and pointed out corrections
from news outlets. Those calls have drawn sharp denunciations
from legal scholars and news organizations.

The president has been particularly aggrieved after the
publication of Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury,” which depicts
his White House as chaotic, beset by infighting and incompetent,
at least in the early days of his administration. The president
has also uttered a number of falsehoods about others, such as
saying then-President Barack Obama was not born in the United
States. According to The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, Trump
has made about 2,000 false or misleading statements since taking
office.

It is unlikely that Congress would take up a move to change
libel laws.

The meeting was unlike past Cabinet meetings, which have been
marked by officials praising the president. Trump recited a
number of accomplishments from his administration, including the
tax bill that passed last year, the rising economy and the
appointment of Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

The president said his position on the border wall will “never
change,” but on DACA, we “want to see something.” Democrats are
resistant to making a deal on immigration that includes money
for a wall along the southern border.

Legislators have until early March to find a compromise for the
immigration program that allows undocumented children to stay in
the United States, and Trump has said the bill needs to have
“love.” He has not said exactly what he wants in return for
keeping the program.

The president seemed buoyant after his lengthy immigration
meeting Tuesday, in which he allowed reporters to watch 55
minutes of negotiations between Republicans and Democrats, with
him leading the charge. He gave a remarkable glimpse into how he
sees the presidency, offering little guidance on details but
basking in showmanship and dealmaking.

“Welcome back to the studio,” he told reporters entering the
Cabinet Room, noting there had been “phenomenal” praise for his
“performance.”

He said, without providing evidence or details, that TV anchors
had sent him letters thanking him for letting so much of the
negotiations happen on camera. He said that coverage changed
after a couple of hours but that he expected the media to
eventually be more supportive of him.

“If Trump doesn’t win in three years,” he said, “they’re all out
of business. You’re all out of business.”

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Jack Fate
2018-01-11 15:08:29 UTC
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Post by Bradley K. Sperman
President Trump on Wednesday called for tougher libel laws,
Which will come back to bite him, what with all the libel he does every
fucking day.
Delandra Hummer
2018-01-11 16:15:21 UTC
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Post by Jack Fate
Post by Bradley K. Sperman
President Trump on Wednesday called for tougher libel laws,
Which will come back to bite him, what with all the libel he does every
fucking day.
Blow it out yer arse, you leftarded faggot traitor to America!
Jack Fate
2018-01-11 16:50:52 UTC
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Post by Delandra Hummer
Post by Jack Fate
Post by Bradley K. Sperman
President Trump on Wednesday called for tougher libel laws,
Which will come back to bite him, what with all the libel he does
every fucking day.
Blow it out yer arse, you leftarded faggot traitor to America!
Oh dear, a British Trump supporter. Fuck you and fuck Trump.
Delandra Hummer
2018-01-11 18:21:41 UTC
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Post by Delandra Hummer
Post by Jack Fate
Post by Bradley K. Sperman
President Trump on Wednesday called for tougher libel laws,
Which will come back to bite him, what with all the libel he does
every fucking day.
Blow it out yer arse, you leftarded faggot traitor to America!
Oh dear, a British Trump supporter. Fuck you and fuck Trump.
YAY Trump!

YAY conservatives on SCOTUS!

YAY tax relief!

YAY kick Norky's arses!

...and FUCK YOU TOO ASWIPE!
Mr. B1ack
2018-01-11 19:51:43 UTC
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On Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:17:52 +0100 (CET), "Bradley K. Sperman"
Post by Bradley K. Sperman
President Trump on Wednesday called for tougher libel laws,
saying the current iteration is a “sham and a disgrace” as he
addressed his Cabinet and reporters at the White House.
“Can’t say things that are false, knowingly false, and be able
to smile as money pours into your bank account,” Trump said at
his Cabinet meeting. “We are going to take a very, very strong
look at that.”
Good. WAY too much FakeNews-4-Profit these days.

Any kind of democracy REQUIRES an informed
citizenry. Gotta know the facts in order to make
the proper decisions about who governs and what
policies they should persue - otherwise you're
just flippin' coins and disaster will soon ensue.
Doesn't take all that much FakeNews to destroy
reality ... a point where you can't trust anything
you hear/say/read. FakeNews is a democricide,
poison.

And yes laddies ... the Founders put libel & slander
laws in the consitution alongside the 1st amendment.
You can say ALMOST anything you want ... but not
ABSOLUTELY anything. Been that way from the start.

And it's true that at least some of the professional
'birthers' might have fallen to a more proper view
of libel laws .... so let's try to stick to the Truth
here. What you THINK of the Truth ... well ... you
can fly off the handle if you want. That's subjective.

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