Friday, February 17, 2023

ANNALS OF DeSANTISTAN: Opinion Ron DeSantis’s latest culture-war target: Media libel laws. (Erik Wemple, WaPo)

The landmark case of New York Times v. Sullivan breathed life in the First Amendment, halting racist Birmingham, Alabama public officials' retaliatory libel case against The New York Times over an ad by civil rights groups.  Naturally, our Boy Governor wants to carve his initials in the Constitution, once again.  

Our Constitution, in its majesty, protects our Right to Know as it protects our right to free speech. and freedom of the press.  Public figures cannot abuse state libel laws to shut down news media inquiries or criticism from citizens.  

Fancying himself a hick hack Cato the Censor, is Governor DeSANTIS a retromingent rebarbative repulsive reprobate who specializes in cheap shots, bullying and unAmerican activities?

You tell me.

Unhappy, unhinged, unAmerican fascist Boy Governor RONALD DION DeSANTIS -- does he need a "checkup from the neck up" (in the incomparable phrase of my late environmental whistleblower law enforcement client, EPA OIG Senior Special Agent Robert E. Tyndall)?

You tell me.

From The Washington Post:

Opinion Ron DeSantis’s latest culture-war target: Media libel laws

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. (Ronda Churchill/Bloomberg News) 

When Donald Trump pledged in 2016 to “open up” libel laws, critics guffawed, noting that a U.S. president lacked the authority to tinker with Supreme Court doctrine.

Now Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a potential GOP presidential candidate, appears to have his own approach to tearing down barriers protecting news organizations from defamation suits. “Stay tuned,” DeSantis said at an event last week in which he guided a panel discussion on media regulation. During an hour of discussion, DeSantis, an ace practitioner of GOP media-bashing rhetoric, showed why some critics view him as a more dangerous embodiment of Trump’s two-bit authoritarianism. He’s smarter, more informed and more disciplined.

Though no less wrong. 

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