Fair Comment Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Fair Comment, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Fair Comment?

n. Opinion which is based upon correctly stated facts and does not allege dishonorable motives on the part of the target of the comment. Unless the victim can prove that opinions were stated with malice or with intent to harm, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that comments about a public person, even if untrue and harmful, are fair comment. Therefore, a public figure cannot sue for defamation unless the alleged information would be the basis of a lawsuit if it was said or published about a private person not worthy of opinion or comment. This defense is crucial against libel suits put up by members of the media.