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libel

[lī′bəl]
Etymology: L, libellus, little book
a false accusation written, printed, or typewritten, or presented in a picture or a sign that is made with malicious intent to defame the reputation of a person who is living or the memory of a person who is dead, resulting in public embarrassment, contempt, ridicule, or hatred.

libel

(lī′bĕl) [L. libellus, little book, pamphlet]
Defaming the character of another by means of the written word. To qualify legally as libel, written communication must intentionally impugn the reputation of another person and be both malicious and demonstrably false.

libel (lī´bəl),

n 1. that which is written and published in order to injure the character of another by ridicule or contempt.
2. a defamation expressed by print, writing, pictures, or signs.
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McRae interestingly notes the frequency with which libelers dwelled on the physical peculiarities of their targets--the verbal equivalent, perhaps, of the political cartoon.
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Congress might enact immunity from distributor liability for individuals but not corporations, or for entities with a net worth under a certain amount, but this seems unlikely since the poverty-stricken moderator lobby is not particularly strong; impractical, since it would be difficult to defend any particular limit; and unfair, since the power of the Internet enables a poor person to cause as much damage as a rich one, and victims of poor libelers are not necessarily less deserving than victims of rich ones.
The rich libelers can nearly always get away with it.