So the Associated Press, being by all accounts a news organization, reported an event.
So far as I am able to determine, their report was factually accurate.
That’s the first paragraph. The second paragraph – the one that follows the first:
So it seems clear that the AP covered the fact that an accusation was made against a public figure, and that the public figure denied the truth of the accusation. This is reporting the news.
Now Spicer, through his attorney, is threatening to sue the AP:
No, Mr. Bowe. That’s not true. The AP was not remotely “reckless.” They accurately reported the truth: there was a man, at a book signing, that made an accusation. They took no position on the truth of the man’s accusation. They just said he made it, which in fact he did.
This nonsense irritates me no end. You cannot prevail in a lawsuit in which your case is that a news organization correctly reported an event that happened. I suppose you might be able to win a suit against the accuser, Alex Lombard, but since you’re representing a public figure, you’d have to prove the accusation is false; he would not be required to prove it’s true, so even then you’d have an uphill climb.
But you cannot possibly win against the AP.