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Bill O'Reilly: US Needs Tougher Libel Laws; Supreme Court Won't Act

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By    |   Friday, 12 January 2018 12:27 PM

The Supreme Court will never take a crack at strengthening the nation's libel laws — despite President Donald Trump's charge that they are too lax, Bill O'Reilly tells Newsmax TV.

"The president is right in theory. There's nobody, I don't think, in the country, that's been more slandered and libeled than me … and I can't do anything about it," O'Reilly told Newsmax's John Bachman on "Newsmax Now."

"[That's] because the way the law is structured in the United States, if you're famous, people can say anything about you. Doesn't have to be true. You have to prove there is malice … then you have to show gross disregard for the truth."

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"But, there's no way the Supreme Court is going to allow freedom of speech to be rethought because President Trump doesn't like the libel laws. In theory, he's right, there's an awful lot of garbage floating around and people know they can say what they want. People's lives are being blown up.”

On Wednesday, Trump said his administration is reviewing the nation's libel laws, which he called "a sham and a disgrace." That announcement follows the publication of "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," in which Michael Wolff draws a deeply unflattering portrait of the commander in chief.

O'Reilly, a veteran newsman and commentator, also has been the target of controversial reporting surrounding his dismissal from Fox News and has hotly disputed stories which allege sexual harassment.

O'Reilly — author of the best-selling "Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence," written with Martin Dugard — believes the United States should look at moving towards the tougher libel laws on the books in the United Kingdom.

"We should adopt the British system which makes it a lot easier for people to sue on defamation than it does on the United States," O'Reilly told Bachman.

"The British system also says, if you file a nuisance lawsuit, if you're obviously trying to use the court to punish someone, you don't have any valid claim, you have to pay all the court costs, and you have to pay what the judge rules, so we should adopt the British system."

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