Who Will Veto the Hecklers?

President Donald Trump fantasizes from time to time about “opening up” the nation’s libel laws to give himself – and presumably other rich and famous people – a leg up on a “very unfair” press. It’s a far-fetched fantasy.

Here’s a better one: Why not confound people’s expectations, be a champion for real freedom of speech? To do that, however, would mean making college and university officials very uncomfortable.

Trump didn’t defeat Hillary Clinton so he could pursue a quixotic campaign to overturn New York Times v. Sullivan. The half-century-old U.S. Supreme Court case established that public figures must prove a publication acted in reckless disregard of the truth when printing an allegedly defamatory statement. Yet to hear White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus tell it, the administration has spent time and resources pondering the idea.

Read the rest at The Sacramento Bee.


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One response to “Who Will Veto the Hecklers?”

  1. See that goofy little sh!t holding the sign in the middle? The one who can’t change a tire? When you see that sort of thing, and you hear about them using the word “hate” as a noun in connection with policy discussions, you’re dealing with a nascent fascist in the true sense of the word and who cannot be taken seriously as a grown-up. If you cut even one of his tires, he’s stuck.