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    The Telegraph Issues Lengthy Apology to First Lady Melania Trump

    The Telegraph Issues Lengthy Apology to First Lady Melania Trump

    “We apologise unreservedly to The First Lady and her family for any embarrassment caused by our publication of these allegations.”

    The Telegraph issued a lengthy apology to First Lady Melania Trump, correcting numerous “false statements” printed on January 19th. In addition to the apology, they “agreed to pay Mrs Trump substantial damages.”

    From The Telegraph:

    Following last Saturday’s (Jan 19) Telegraph magazine cover story “The mystery of Melania”, we have been asked to make clear that the article contained a number of false statements which we accept should not have been published. Mrs Trump’s father was not a fearsome presence and did not control the family. Mrs Trump did not leave her Design and Architecture course at University relating to the completion of an exam, as alleged in the article, but rather because she wanted to pursue a successful career as a professional model. Mrs Trump was not struggling in her modelling career before she met Mr Trump, and she did not advance in her career due to the assistance of Mr Trump.

    We accept that Mrs Trump was a successful professional model in her own right before she met her husband and obtained her own modelling work without his assistance. Mrs Trump met Mr Trump in 1998, not in 1996 as stated in the article. The article also wrongly claimed that Mrs Trump’s mother, father and sister relocated to New York in 2005 to live in buildings owned by Mr Trump. They did not. The claim that Mrs Trump cried on election night is also false.

    We apologise unreservedly to The First Lady and her family for any embarrassment caused by our publication of these allegations. As a mark of our regret we have agreed to pay Mrs Trump substantial damages as well as her legal costs.

    I’m sure they agreed to pay damages out of the goodness of their hearts . . . .


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    The Covington Catholic boys have lawyered up. Hopefully CNN will be paying not only for tuition at an elite college but also a great set of wheels.

    Comanche Voter | January 26, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    This apology, agreement to pay legal fees and substantial damages came just one week after The Telegraph (which is actually a pretty good newspaper) printed the erroneous story.

    That’s time to lawyer up and demand an apology and threaten a lawsuit. Not necessarily time enough to actually file a lawsuit.

    Libel laws in England are different than those in the USA. If say the New York Times had printed that pile of bogus claims, their lawyers might have gone behind the “she’s a public person” defense and so if Melania Trump could not prove actual malice then no damages.

    OTOH with the vicious level of reporting on all things Trump in the NYT, WaPo and the other baying dogs of journalism, Mrs. Trump might have been able to prove “actual malice”.

      Milhouse in reply to Comanche Voter. | January 26, 2019 at 11:05 pm

      No, she would not. “Actual malice” doesn’t mean they hate her, it means they knew it was false, or had good reason to suspect it might be false and didn’t bother checking. So long as they didn’t have a reason to suspect these things were lies a lawsuit would be dismissed on day 1.

    Oregon Mike | January 26, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Well, I’ll give The Telegraph one thing. That’s how an apology is supposed to read.

    Mercyneal | January 26, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    The author of the hit piece, Nina Burleigh is still claiming what she wrote is true and wrote a rather nasty Tweet:

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