Trump files garbage defamation lawsuit against New York Times opinion piece - 2020-02-26

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F347.png Trump files garbage defamation lawsuit against New York Times opinion piece February 26, 2020, Scott Pilutik, Underground Bunker

The Trump Campaign today sued the New York Times in New York state court for defamation over an opinion piece, which is kind of all you need to know if you already know that where the plaintiff is a political figure, defamation requires a showing of "actual malice" and factual falsity. Meaning that an opinion piece cannot, by definition, be defamatory, unless they contain factual assertions that otherwise meet all the other requisite criteria.

So it's a garbage lawsuit, but so were all the other defamation actions Trump has filed over the years, all of them lost or quietly withdrawn. This is his first as President.

The opinion writer, Max Frankel, wrote in March 2019 that the Trump campaign and Russia didn't explicitly collude in the 2016 but rather had an "overarching deal" to harm Hillary Clinton's campaign in exchange for pro-Russian foreign policy.

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{{cite news | first = Scott | last = Pilutik | title = Trump files garbage defamation lawsuit against New York Times opinion piece | url = https://tonyortega.org/2020/02/26/trump-files-garbage-defamation-lawsuit-against-new-york-times-opinion-piece/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = February 26, 2020 | accessdate = February 26, 2020 }}