Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A View from the Legal Eagles


“The Framers of the American Constitution and the United States Supreme Court envisioned the press as holding a special role within the First Amendment framework that is frustrated by sloppy reporting. For journalism to serve its special role, it depends upon the trust of its readers. Fact checking, source attribution, and prompt error correction are fundamental prerequisites to a credible press, which is itself a democratic imperative. When the public lacks confidence in the competence of the institutional press, it effectively loses its sole independent watchdog.” 
Carrie Leonetti, University of Oregon School of Law, Quacks Like a Duck: A New Test for News Media Libel in the United States,” Michigan Journal of Law Reform, 2012. 

• Editorial Comment: That watchdog is a sick duck.

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