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Trump Tried To Sue The New York Times Over A Story, Their Response Is Exactly What We Needed To Hear

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It is truly a mystery to me how on earth Donald Trump has been so successful. Even though he obviously got mega cash handouts from his father and has enjoyed every social privilege imaginable throughout his life, he is so staggeringly incompetent and bafflingly self absorbed that the fact that he has maintained his elite businessman status and managed to progress to becoming President of the United States and leader of the free world is just mind blowing to us here at Blue Side Nation.

A perfect example of this is the way he deals with the media. It is an inevitable fact for all politicians that sometimes there will be stories out there that you do not like. That is the way public life is. The way President Trump chooses to deal with this is to lash out in a shockingly vicious way by calling the press the Fake News Media and the True Enemy of the People, thereby coarsening public discourse. Is it really a coincidence that we have seen so many attempted terrorist attacks and harassment incidents against journalists since this President took office and the whole world started paying attention to his tweets?

Luckily, though there are some journalists out there who are simply not willing to put up with that kind of nonsense. The most recent example of this came when the New York Times reported on allegations that Trump had committed multiple sexual assaults, and Trump responded by having his lawyers write a harsh letter to the paper threatening to sue them for reporting simple facts:

“Your article is reckless, defamatory and constitutes libel per se. It is apparent from, among other things, the timing of the article, that it is nothing more than a politically motivated effort to defeat Mr. Trump’s candidacy.”

The response from the Times was just perfect. They took no prisoners:

“You write concerning our article “Two Women Say Donald Trump Touched Them Inappropriately” and label the article as “libel per se.” You ask that we “remove it from [our] website, and issue a full and immediate retraction and apology.” We decline to do so.

“The women quoted in our story spoke out on an issue of national importance — indeed, an issue that Mr. Trump himself discussed with the whole nation watching during Sunday night’s presidential debate. Our reporters diligently worked to confirm the women’s accounts. They provided readers with Mr. Trump’s response, including his forceful denial of the women’s reports. It would have been a disservice not just to our readers but to democracy itself to silence their voices. We did what the law allows: We published newsworthy information about a subject of deep public concern. If Mr. Trump disagrees, if he believes that American citizens had no right to hear what these women had to say and that the law of this country forces us and those who would dare to criticize him to stand silent or be punished, we welcome the opportunity to have a court set him straight.”

If only more journalists behaved like this.


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