The Classic defamation trial is always one for the ages. If a defamation case gets to trial, there is never anything ordinary about it.
Ordinary issues get settled. Ordinary commercial people do not sue. Ordinary reasonable publishers don’t say things like “This is a matter of principle”.
To go all the way in a defamation case, something extraordinary is almost always needed. Whether that means the characters, the issues, the stubbornness of the media, or the amount of money that the parties have. There is usually something extreme somewhere. And as a result, the defamation trial is always an extraordinary beast.