It’s quite the hole that the Telegraph has dug itself into. Last week they had to retract a story on Melania Trump after the notorious US lawyer, Charles Harder (the guy who took down Gawker) sent them a letter demanding an apology and damages.
The Telegraph’s piece was written by Nina Burleigh, the author of a book about Melania that has been published in the States – and is therefore protected under the First Amendment. But as the Telegraph is bound by UK law (where it’s much easier to sue for libel) Harder saw a chance to pounce on them for a sizeable settlement for the same story; one he could never have dreamed of securing back home.
The Telegraph instantly shat themselves. Media wags have dubbed it the fastest retraction, apology and payout in newspaper history. But in their haste to make amends they ended up going so far over the top that they threw Burleigh under the bus, pretty much suggesting that she’s a liar. In a British publication. Meaning that she can now try to sue them over here too.
Which – surprise, surprise – she is!