Reince Priebus Says White House Has ‘Looked at’ Changing Libel Laws

"It’s not clear how seriously anyone should take Trump or Priebus’s remarks, but if the White House wants to try and open up U.S. libel laws, the odds of that effort being successful are essentially zero. There is no federal libel law, and existing libel laws are defined by state courts and legislatures. That means that there is no one law to change, to begin with. In addition, state laws are limited by a 1964 Supreme Court decision that public officials and public figures who want to sue a news organization for libel would have to prove that false information was knowingly published with malicious intent against them. They would also have to prove that the news organization damaged their character or reputation. Neither allegation is easy to prove."
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