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On March 29, 1960, The New York Times published a full-page advocacy ad that aired very legitimate Civil Rights grievances – but aspects of the ad’s most condemning accusations were false, untrue; and, arguably, reputation-damaging.  The newspaper was judged liable for libel by a jury, a trial judge, and the Supreme Court of Alabama.

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Joseph H. Cooper

Joseph H. Cooper was Editorial Counsel at The New Yorker from 1976 to 1996. He teaches ethics and media law courses at Quinnipiac University. Professor Cooper’s book reviews and education articles for The Huffington Post appear at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joseph-cooper/ His “Pauses and Moments” stories for Psychology Today are featured as “Rumblings from the lane next to the off ramp” and appear at http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/pauses-and-moments His reflections on in-prison education and curricula have appeared as “Chapter & Verse” columns in the Books section of The Christian Science Monitor. His “takes” on financial affairs, politics, and publishing have appeared at Forbes.com.

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