Study Links Trump Media Attacks to Endangering Democracy

In a scathing report recounting his complaints about individual media outlets and journalists, calls for changes to libel laws and prosecution of leakers, a journalism advocacy group on Thursday said President Donald Trump’s treatment of the press has eroded public trust in the media.

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Devin Nunes Sues Washington Post and Reporter, Claiming Defamation

California Congressman Devin Nunes sued the Washington Post for defamation Monday, alleging the publication fabricated information relating to the Republican congressman’s relationship with President Donald Trump’s former acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire. 

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Political Ads

A Maryland state law requiring online platforms, including newspaper websites, to publish certain information about the political advertisements they carry violates the First Amendment, the Fourth Circuit ruled. The law requires platforms to identify the purchaser of the ad and the total amount paid for the ad.

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Tennessee Supreme Court Sets Limit on Fair-Report Privilege

What began with a youth football league’s fundraiser gone bad led to the Tennessee Supreme Court deciding on Thursday the fair report privilege – the privilege protecting journalists reporting on what is said during official government proceedings from defamation claims – doesn’t extend to journalists reporting on what officials tell them in one-on-one interviews.

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