Bloomberg Law
Feb. 14, 2022, 11:00 AM

Palin’s New York Times Spat Tees Up Wider Press Freedom Face-Off

Lydia Wheeler
Lydia Wheeler
Senior Reporter

Welcome back to Opening Argument, a column where I dive into disputes lower courts are wrestling with and unpack complicated litigation. On tap today, a look at how Sarah Palin’s defamation suit against The New York Times could limit press protections.

Win or lose Sarah Palin’s defamation case against The New York Times could be really damaging to the press.

That’s because her libel lawsuit creates an opening for the conservative heavy Supreme Court to revisit a landmark decision that has shielded journalists from getting sued if they make a mistake when writing about public officials and public figures. ...

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