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Lost the election? Sue the paper! Must be their fault...

Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene accused The Miami Herald and St. Petersburg Times in a libel lawsuit filed Wednesday of orchestrating a "plan to assassinate [his] character" that cost him the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate in Florida.

(can they ever have a normal election in Florida?)

I'm wondering if this tactic can work. If it could, it seems to me there are national politicians who have been defamed before on a much larger scale that would have far more grounds to sue than this guy.

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Asked by NotPanicking at 8:35 AM on Sep. 2, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • NotPanicking

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 8:35 AM on Sep. 2, 2010

  • I don't see him winning this - it happens all of the time. If the newspaper can prove it's sources (and I'd bet money that large papers like that have their butts covered), they are clear. He would also have to prove that it was specifically the papers reporting that cost him the nod - can't see him being able to do that. This guy sounds like a cry-baby.

    Answer by Scuba at 8:38 AM on Sep. 2, 2010

  • what a friggen cry baby.

    Answer by samurai_chica at 8:38 AM on Sep. 2, 2010

  • If he has credible information that shows they knowingly printed information that was false than I think it is great. Honestly it is time that news sourcs go back to sticking to facts. If he has no proof that they went ahead and published false information than he is doing more damage to his reputation than they ever could.

    Answer by Alanaplus3 at 8:41 AM on Sep. 2, 2010

  • Well many on here felt their side lost in the last election and blame the media.....Maybe they should sue them


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:43 AM on Sep. 2, 2010

  • can they ever have a normal election in Florida?--

    LOL! things that make ya go ''HMMM.''

    Answer by dullscissors at 9:48 AM on Sep. 2, 2010

  • If he wins the case(which I don't think he will)- it will set a precedent that could impact the future of our political /campaigning process. Sure- demand more accountability out the media. ALL of the media. Good luck with that.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:50 AM on Sep. 2, 2010

  • The media is pretty much capable of doing what he says and probably deserve to be sued every which way but I'm not so sure he will prevail here. OUr legal system is only a notch about our media.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 3:40 PM on Sep. 2, 2010

  • He has a chance, but not much of one. Here's the US Supreme Court standard:

    "New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964), was a United States Supreme Court case which established the actual malice standard which has to be met before press reports about public officials or public figures can be considered to be defamation and libel; and hence allowed free reporting of the civil rights campaigns in the southern United States. It is one of the key decisions supporting the freedom of the press. The actual malice standard requires that the plaintiff in a defamation or libel case prove that the publisher of the statement in question knew that the statement was false or acted in reckless disregard of its truth or falsity. Because of the extremely high burden of proof on the plaintiff, and the difficulty in proving essentially what is inside a person's head, such cases—when they involve public figures—rarely prevail."

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:08 PM on Sep. 2, 2010

  • It also occurs to me that if this suit is successful, FOX could be slapped with a similar lawsuit. Orchestrating a campaign of character assassination?

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:10 PM on Sep. 2, 2010

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