From Defending the Undefendable by Walter Block:Trump on the media: "I'm gonna open up the libel laws so that ... when they write hit pieces, we can sue them, and they can lose money."— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) February 26, 2016
[P]aradoxical though it may be, reputations would probably be more secure without the laws which prohibit libelous speech! With the present laws prohibiting libelous falsehoods, there is a natural tendency to believe any publicized slur on someone’s character. “It would not be printed if it were not
true,” reasons the gullible public. If libel and slander were allowed, however, the public would not be so easily deceived. Attacks would come so thick and fast that they would have to be substantiated before they could have any impact...
The public would soon learn to digest and evaluate the statements of libelers and slanderers—if the latter were allowed free rein. No longer would a libeler or slanderer have the automatic power to ruin a person’s reputation.