I’d like to ask you all another hypothetical question. All of you lawyers out there will again be especially useful, but it’s not just a legal topic, so everyone can chime in.
If someone were, hypothetically, to propose a law that would punish the Press for gross negligence of their duty as the news media in a free society, what would the “elements” of such a law be?
Now, let’s be clear; I’m not advocating such a law. This exercise has nothing whatsoever to do with proposing a law; the law would be unconstitutional anyway.
But if we were, hypothetically, to try to make such a law, what would be the defining factors of the crime of Press Negligence?