It was announced today that journalist, Nina Burleigh, will appeal a UK High Court ruling that a UK publication, The Daily Telegraph, did not defame her when it issued an apology to First Lady Melania Trump over an article she had written.
The First Lady issued a tweet that also appears to hint at a recent story published in The Atlantic about her husband, President Trump. “There are consequences when a person writes false and defamatory stories without fact checking,” she said.
There are consequences when a person writes false and defamatory stories without fact checking. https://t.co/O8mRWCA04x— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) September 4, 2020
Burleigh wrote a cover story for the Telegraph’s Saturday magazine in January last year and a week later, the newspaper removed the online article and published an apology to Melania, saying it had “contained a number of false statements which we accept should not have been published.”
Burleigh argued that the apology, which did not name her, made her an “international poster girl for fake news”. According to the judgment, the claim was filed on January 20, 2020.
From the Press Gazette:
In the apology, run online and in the print edition of The Daily Telegraph on 26 January 2019, the newspaper made eight corrections to the article.
These included that Mrs Trump was not struggling in her modelling career before she met her husband, that she did not advance in her career due to her husband’s assistance, and that she met her husband in 1998 – not 1996 as stated in the article.
The apology also stated that a claim Mrs Trump cried on election night was false.
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