It’s normally the journalists who get hit with libel — often by police unions. Now the man has bitten the dog in Ireland. A journalist is suing the Garda’s publication for libel.
Man bites dog did happen: it was reported on the front page of the Finanical Times on Saturday November 20th 1982:
“Dennis Morris of Council Bluffs, Iowa, bit co-worker Mark Halzer’s dog critter after an argument.”
We journalists and publishers complain so much about libel that we should not really use it to defend outselves. Reach for the pen and not the wig.