Trump threatens to 'change libel laws' to go after NY Times

As the Senate Intel Committee's hearings on alleged Russian tampering with the presidential election got underway, President Donald Trump tweeted his latest thought on changing libel laws, targeting the.

The feud erupted again this week when Trump tweeted that the Times "apologized to its subscribers, right after the election, because their coverage was so wrong".

Trump cited a John Crudele opinion piece that the New York Post published earlier this week that argued the Times' "ongoing dishonesty" helps the president.

Trump said multiple times on the campaign trail past year that he would be in favor of changes to libel laws, a dramatic escalation from his typical anti-media rhetoric.

In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump shared a column that sharply criticized the New York Times' coverage of him. "And because the paper decided that Trump's supporters were a rabble of racist rednecks and homophobes, it didn't have a clue about what was happening in the lives of the Americans who elected the new president".

"I'm going to open up our libel laws, so when they write purposely negative and terrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money". It's not just a tweet. Without this freedom, the press would be stifled, since it would be unable to run anything critical of the president or other public figures without fearing a crippling lawsuit. Making such threats to the foundation of America's democracy is a move toward illiberalism.

  • Leroy Wright