27 December 2016

Liberal Networks Should Be Careful Of What They Post

The First Lady
Melania Trump, the incoming first lady, is serious in pursuing legally those that called her names and say false things about her. To make her point, she even appeared at a court hearing last 12 December in her defamation lawsuit against the Daily Mail and a Maryland blogger.

The hearing in Rockville, Maryland was a scheduling conference, according to a statement from her attorney, but her case is unusual in that presidential candidates and their spouses rarely pursue libel lawsuits in the heat of a campaign. That's about to change and will finally put to shame those who think that there are no limits to the First Amendment.

"Mrs. Trump was not required to attend the court conference, but chose to do so, to meet the judge, meet opposing counsel, and show her commitment to the case," said Charles Harder, her attorney.

"Mrs. Trump looks forward to seeing the case to a successful conclusion," Harder added.

In September, she sued Mail Media, parent company of the Daily Mail, and blogger Webster Tarpley over reports that she once worked as an escort. Without presenting irrefutable proof whatsoever, they published and posted their lies.

The Daily Mail issued a retraction after the lawsuit was filed. Tarpley removed the post and published an apology, according to her lawsuit, but he later said that her litigation was a "direct affront to First Amendment principles." Maybe Tarpley should note that her Constitutional right ends when it affects another person in a negative way.

If the lawsuit is not settled before the inauguration, it would be rare for a first lady to pursue litigation while in office. Based on the background of the two subjects, she can easily prove that the stories were published with actual malice and with reckless disregard for the truth.

It is time to make those who post fake news and lies pay millions of dollars.