As it pertains to my profession, journalism, the legal system can be aggravating to the point of provoking a nervous breakdown. Back in the “good old days,” news directors used to say, “If we don’t get threatened with a lawsuit at least twice a month, we’re not doing our jobs.” With the rising costs of litigation and falling financial resources for journalism in America, especially at the local level, no one says that anymore. The threat of frivolous lawsuits is constant and all pervasive. The hoops we have to jump through to protect ourselves when pursuing a worthwhile story sometimes are quite ridiculous. And then when a lawsuit is filed, the rights of the journalists often not only are not the top priority, they’re not even on the list.
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