An Iraqi court found the British newspaper, Guardian, guilty of defaming Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki by charging he was displaying authoritarian tendencies. The article in question was written by award-winning correspondent, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, whose story quoted three unnamed members of the Iraqi National Intelligence Agency as saying the prime minister was beginning to run Iraqi affairs with an authoritarian hand. Ironically, the author of the article is an Iraqi citizen and the court ignored dozens of such articles written in the international media about the prime minister. The court also ignored advice from three independent experts from the Iraqi Journalists’ Union which regarded the story as valid reporting.
I wonder if we could borrow the Iraqi court for a few months in America. Just think of how many Republican, Tea Party and media commentators would be paying damages to the President for their nonstop insults and defamation of character.