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Chapter 4 (Part V)

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Gertz. v. Welch & strict liability When the media is held to strict liability… Gertz established that the media could not be held  liable by private persons who proved only that  they had been defamed Private citizens have to prove some level of fault  when suing the media for libel 2
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Negligence: failure to act as a reasonable person would  in similar circumstances States: two standards of negligence an average person standard a professional standard In libel law, the issues is whether a writer exercised  reasonable care in determining truth Research has shown negligence if: A failure to contact a person who is being defamed A failure to verify information with best sources available An unresolved disagreement between the sources and the  reporter over what the source told the journalist 3
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Media ordinarily are not negligent if they publish  defamatory wire service stories without checking  the facts Associate Press and other wire services are seen  as trustworthy. They don’t have problems with people complaining  about stories they write, like you do with local  newspapers/stations.  If a story runs in a local paper that came from the  wire service, the paper or channel isn’t liable for it. 
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