Professor Jane Kirtley: Modifying libel laws would hinder debate and discussion that is part of this country

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President-elect Donald Trump holds a 'Make America Great Again' hat while speaking at the Dow Chemical Hangar, December 9, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Trump is in Louisiana to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Kennedy. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

University of Minnesota Professor of Media Ethics Jane Kirtley explains why she doesn’t deem plausible President Trump’s wish to alter libel laws in his favor. And here is why it is paradoxical of a public official to do so.