The Press: Glossary

If your little boy calls your neighbor a naughty name, you can spank the urchin, wash out his mouth with soap and water and not let him ride his bicycle for a week. That usually pacifies the neighbor. But if you run a newspaper and some cub reporter decorates a story with opprobrious epithets, either invented by himself or repeated after a third person, you are, if the epithets get published, responsible for their accuracy to the person described by them. If the injured one sues you, it will do you no good to...

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