NYT says no libel, no retraction, no apology for story on Donald Trump

The Times reported Wednesday that two women told the paper of his unwanted sexual advances.

By: AP | Washington | Updated: October 14, 2016 8:49 am
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The New York Times on Thursday rejected Donald Trump’s claim the newspaper had libeled the Republican presidential nominee, saying its story about two women who said he sexually assaulted them was “newsworthy information about a subject of deep public concern.”

In a letter Thursday, Times attorney David McCraw said Trump “has bragged about his non-consensual sexual touching of women” and that multiple women had already come forward. “Nothing in our article has had the slightest effect on the reputation that Mr. Trump, through his own words and actions, has already created for himself,” he wrote.

The Times reported Wednesday that two women told the paper of his unwanted sexual advances. One, Jessica Leeds, said Trump groped her on an airplane more than three decades ago. The other, Rachel Crooks, said Trump kissed her without invitation in 2006 when she was a 22-year-old receptionist for a real estate firm located at Trump Tower.

Trump vehemently denied the allegations, and demanded through his attorney that the story be retracted. At a rally in Ohio, Trump said the media had “slandered and lied about me with false accusations.”

The Times refused to retract the story, saying its reporters worked diligently to confirm the women’s accounts. “It would have been a disservice not just to our readers but to democracy itself to silence their voices,” McCraw’s letter said.

McCraw said that if Trump decides to go ahead with a lawsuit, then “we welcome the opportunity to have a court set him straight.”

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    bala Raja
    Oct 14, 2016 at 3:23 am
    Trump should be an Indian politician. Then, he could have filed a criminal defamation case. But then, which Indian paper would be bold enough to publish anything against a high level politician? One can only envy the free press and rights in America.
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      JayHind
      Oct 14, 2016 at 4:17 am
      All the empire sinks with women captain lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Mugal ottoman British and many otherslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF
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        jay komerath
        Oct 16, 2016 at 2:04 am
        I readly doubt if you understand the issues
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          BharatK
          Oct 14, 2016 at 8:19 am
          D Trump is bad, but H Clinton is worse. That how a black American leader described the situation.
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            Rishi Raj
            Oct 14, 2016 at 12:03 pm
            I like the 'openly' part of it.
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              Rishi Raj
              Oct 14, 2016 at 12:05 pm
              This ',black' leader is surely not representative of the Afro-Americans.
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                Rishi Raj
                Oct 14, 2016 at 6:08 am
                Indians care only about the caste and community of their leaders.
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                  Rishi Raj
                  Oct 14, 2016 at 6:07 am
                  Times has done the right thing. But it should also publish the Trump's version of the story and let the readers decide.
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                    P.R.Koduri
                    Oct 15, 2016 at 7:00 am
                    "To have a court set him straight". None of the Hurt Sentients here. No Ram Sena to the Rescue.
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                      Observer
                      Oct 14, 2016 at 3:01 am
                      It is almost impossible to read this site with so many ads popping up and taking control of the screen
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