Saturday, December 12, 2009
Unflattering Headlines Permitted
In New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, the Supreme Court ruled that public officials could not recover damages for libel from a publisher unless they were able to prove that the publisher acted with actual malice. This means that headlines such as these are permissible.
I decided to illustrate this concept with an actual New York Post headline. In this example, the post disrespects not one, but three U.S. Presidents without fear of consequence. I suppose I could have used this headline as well. Or this. Or this.