Being the press is not a defense for slander or defamation or libel. Stating facts and the truth is a perfect defense to such claims.
Plenty of newspapers have been successfully sued.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new trial in a defamation lawsuit brought by an Oregon bankruptcy trustee against a Montana blogger who wrote online that the court-appointed trustee criminally mishandled a bankruptcy case. from link
What if this court-appointed trustee lost his job because of what this blogger wrote? And it was unfounded?
I think with some public officials great leeway is given to the 1st amendment, like elected officials. With other public officials, not as much.
On cannot willy-nilly accuse people of fraud and whatnot. Looks like in the case that the trustee got facts to the court that showed that the blogger was completely wrong. And saying that a guy committed a felony is defamation per se where one does not have show or prove that it damaged him - its assumed. So the court said that the plaintiff has to show in a new trial that the blogger was negligent which should not be hard to show.
If the plaintiff wishes to continue pursuing the case; winning a defamation per se case is not going to get you rich unless you had actual damages resulting from the defamation (loss of job etc).