A New York Times article on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his behavior toward women appeared on the front page of Sunday’s edition. According to Theodore Kim, an assistant news editor for the paper, the article was a boost to its readership, ranking as the most popular and most shared article.
Not everyone, however, was pleased with the story. In response to the piece, Trump bombarded his Twitter page with comments against the paper. He called it a “failing” newspaper and accused it of publishing a “false, malicious and libelous story” that “was dishonest.”
The article, written by Michael Barbaro and Megan Twohey, was a product of more than 50 interviews. The interviews included accusations of Trump displaying “unsettling conduct” in the workplace as well as making “unwelcome advances.”
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Trump’s choice of words in the tweet caught the eye of some. Calling the article “libelous” seemed to suggest a possible lawsuit.
In an earlier CNN article, Trump stated, “One of the things I’m going to do if I win … I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money.”
When the subject of a lawsuit came up Monday during CNN’s Erin Burnett Out Front, Jill Martin, assistant general counsel for Trump Organization said, “I think that is a distinct possibility. I haven’t talked to him about it personally, but, you know, when he’s attacked like that and things are said falsely, he definitely fires back.”
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However, during a CNN interview Tuesday, Michael Cohen, Trump Organization general counsel said, “It’s a very high bar. I don’t think that this is going to end up in litigation. The truth is that The New York Times owes … Donald Trump an apology.” Cohen also demanded the paper run a retraction of its story.
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