Errors, Lies, and Libel / Edition 1

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Overview

Peter E. Kane takes a critical look at the development of the present law through a discussion of seventeen landmark libel cases.

One of the many points Kane clarifies is the important distinction between an error and a lie when judging whether someone is guilty of libel. For example, in the series of events that led to Goldwater vs. Ginzburg, Ralph Ginzburg, publisher of fact magazine, compiled and printed in fact a montage of quotes he had collected from psychiatrists about Barry Goldwater. It took five years of legal sparring for the courts to conclude that Ginzburg had deliberately published a malicious and irresponsible document and to rule in favor of Goldwater. Kane closes with a discussion of current thinking on possible libel reform.

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Kane (communication, SUNY at Brockport) examines the development of libel law through a discussion of 17 landmark cases. He deals with these cases in human terms, telling the personal stories of the people involved and providing a clear, accurate explication of current libel laws. With a foreword by Elmer Gertz. Paper edition (unseen), $12.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809317202
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1991
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,239,955
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter E. Kane is professor of communication at the State University of New York at Brockport.

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