Truth: Can and/or should it be legislated in public speech?

I am a strong proponent of freedom of speech. But, even I believe that public discourse in the US has reached a point where people can say so much that is not true on TV and no one is held accountable that it is no longer serving the public good. The FCC rules used to say that if a program was called "news": it had to be true but this was overturned in 2003. There have also been several seminal cases where defamation of character was overturned because it was not possible to prove the speaker intended to lie. Has "speech" become too free? Is it possible to legislate truth in public discourse? Can, and should, public figures be held to a higher level of accountability for speaking "truth" than private speakers?

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