A senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said that liberal media bias (“nearly all television – network and cable – is a Democratic Party trumpet”) has resulted in such abuse of the landmark Times v. Sullivan requirement that speech relating to public officials has to show actual malice to be actionably defamatory that the longstanding precedent should be overturned.
That would almost certainly have to come from the Supreme Court.
That came in a dissent from a three-judge panel decision upholding the dismissal of a suit against Global Witness Publishing (GWP) because the other two judges found, as a lower court had, that the contents of a report published by GWP about possible bribes related to the sale of an oil license was protected speech. » Read More