You can call Donald Trump many things, said David Hauslaib in Jossip, but be prepared to fight if you call him a "mere millionaire." Trump tried to sue a New York Times reporter, Timothy O'Brien, for writing in a 2005 book that the real estate mogul was worth no more than $250 million. Trump, who claims to be a billionaire, said O'Brien damaged his brand and reputation" and demanded to know where he got his information, but a court said last week that O'Brien had the right to protect his sources.
The New Jersey appeals court decided Trump isn't bigger than the Shield Law, said Troy Graham in The Philadelphia Inquirer. The law allows journalists to protect the identity of their sources, and O'Brien said he needed to conceal the identity of his informants, who had direct knowledge of Trump's finances, because they feared retribution. The court ruled Trump's affairs are news, so he's fair game.
This case should provide great fodder for media law professors, said Dan Slater in The Wall Street Journal online. But it's not over yet. Trump insists that O'Brien can't possibly have legitimate sources, because he really is a billionaire. So he'll keep pushing until the case goes to trial.
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