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Podcast: Libel, The Media And Constitutional Legitimacy

October 11, 2018 by NCC Staff


Cries of “defamation” came from the White House following the publication of in-depth reporting on President Donald Trump and his finances by The New York Times, but this is not the first time the president has expressed criticism of the press or U.S. libel laws. Adam Liptak of The New York Times and NYU Law Professor Richard Epstein join Jeffrey Rosen to explain what libel is and how laws against libel, slander, and defamation fit within the First Amendment’s protections of free speech and the free press.

This wide-ranging discussion also delves into how facts play a role in the law and media in a “post-truth society,” how online platforms filter news, and the legitimacy of the media and the Supreme Court in the wake of heated coverage of the Kavanaugh confirmation battle.  


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