AFL Files Brief Urging SCOTUS To Rein In The Corporate Media’s Power To Lie With Civil Impunity

Monday, May 9, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC –Today, America First Legal (AFL) filed a brief at the Supreme Court of the United States, urging the Court to grant Dr. Carter Page’s petition for a writ of certiorari and to reconsider its decision in New York Times v. Sullivan

Dr. Page’s case arises out of the Russia Collusion hoax—a political dirty trick without any parallel in American history—and shows that the corporate media has the power to lie with impunity. In fact, Justice Gorsuch recently described Sullivan as an “ironclad subsidy for the publication of falsehoods by means and on a scale previously unimaginable.” His case proves that Sullivan’s “subsidy” for falsehoods is destroying the “marketplace of ideas” Americans need to preserve their freedom.  

In its brief, AFL urges the court to reconsider Sullivan and realign legal rules with constitutional text, history, and structure. Dr. Page’s case is the perfect opportunity to do this: his reputation and his business were destroyed to advance the lie that Donald Trump colluded with the Russians. He deserves, at the very least, his day in court. AFL is proud to stand with Dr. Page to fight the corporate media’s assault on the truth. 

Statement from America First Legal Vice President and General Counsel Gene Hamilton:

The Founders enshrined in the First Amendment the freedom of the press. But freedom of the press never meant the freedom to lie with civil impunity. Sullivan unwittingly created that freedom, with devastating consequences to Americans who have been smeared by the media. It is time for the Supreme Court to restore constitutional norms and allow Americans to have their day in court,” Gene Hamilton said.

Read the Amicus Brief here.

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