Unformatted text preview: make informed choices in a democracy. If public officials are able to sue every time the media makes a mistake then there will be a chilling effect on journalist attempts to do investigative reports or write about corruption in office. It is also recognized that public figures will have access to the media and will have an opportunity to set the record straight. In the 1980s there were several famous cases involving libel of public figures. General William Westmoreland sued CBS News for a documentary that stated that during the Vietnam War, when he was military commander, he lied to President Johnson about the body counts in an effort to show that the US was winning the war. Westmoreland’s lawyers were able to show that there was bias, unfairness, and information left out of the report but the Supreme Court said it did not constitute malice....
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course POS POS2041 taught by Professor Dr.feinman during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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