The Washington Post, a nonprofit news organization, and the National Enquirer are among a group of media outlets that have sued the Trump administration over its ban on so-called fake news.
The suit was filed Monday by the Post, the Enquirers and The Washington Times, a division of News Corp. News Corp owns the Post.
In a statement, the companies said they were disappointed in the court’s decision, which it said “ignores decades of Supreme Court precedent and the very real dangers of misinformation and propaganda.”
In the past, the courts have ruled that the First Amendment doesn’t apply to fake news, so the suit asks the court to reconsider that decision.
But that argument hasn’t been accepted by the courts.
“We are disappointed that the court has accepted the First Circuit’s approach, and we are now asking the Supreme Court to reconsider this ruling,” the companies wrote in a statement.
“The First Amendment’s free speech protections do not extend to the First News Group’s attempt to suppress the First Nation’s speech.”
The lawsuit argues that the ban on fake news violates the First and 14th Amendments.
The court also found that News Corp has a “compelling interest” in preventing fake news from proliferating in its newsrooms, as it is “a critical source of news for many Americans,” the lawsuit said.
The decision could be a blow to the Trump White House and news publishers that depend on the media to inform voters.
The president has called the media “the enemy of the American people,” and has vowed to fight fake news as part of his efforts to win the presidency.