The Springfield Shopper

During the city elections, an article in The Springfield Shopper states that incumbent, Mayor Quimby, took a bribe from Tony Soprano.

  1. Suppose that the bribe accusation is false. Would Mayor Quimby have a cause of action against the paper? How would the holding in New York Times v. Sullivan impact your analysis?
  2. If the bribe accusation was true, would Mayor Quimby still be able to successfully sue the Springfield Shopper? Why or why not?