Gawker’s murderer is now suing the New York Times for the President
Today, the Donald Trump Presidential campaign filed a suit against The New York Times, claiming that the newspaper knowingly published false information about the President.
The lawsuit hinges on an opinion article written by Max Frankel, which stated that Putin “had an overarching deal” with the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. Trump’s team claims this was an intentional effort by the Times to misinform their readers to get Trump out of office, which....seems like a reach.
Of course, whether or not this is a winnable case isn’t the point: the Trump campaign is trying to draw blood from the Times to demonstrate strength leading into the 2020 election. And the man leading that charge is none other than Charles Harder, the authoritarian lawyer responsible for the infamous lawsuit that brought down Gawker four years ago.
After the victorious lawsuit against Gawker—which was secretly funded by a billionaire with the explicit goal of destroying the media organization—Harder has taken his brand of press censoring litigation to the President. This marks the latest escalation in Trump and Harder’s war against the press.
Keep this information in mind when you see the mainstream response to this news. There will inevitably be many Reasonable People yelling about this fragrant attack on the free press. Many of them cheered on the demise of Gawker; or at least attempted to minimize its impact.
Their lack of foresight helped normalize Harder, and led us to this point.