In a decision with potentially large ramifications, New York Federal Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall won't dismiss a libel suit against "Shitty Media Men" creator Moira Donegan.
Explaining, the judge says it is possible that Donegan created the entry herself. The judge believes that Elliott should be able to explore whether the entry was fabricated. Accordingly, discovery proceeds, which will now put pressure on Google to respond to broad subpoena demands. The next motion stage could feature a high-stakes one about the reaches of CDA 230.
Takedown of the Day
You should really read Bob Wright’s rebuttal to Jerry Coyne’s pathetic attempt at a criticism of Bob’s book The Evolution of God. Further proof, as if you needed any, of the shall we say less than optimal nature of The New Republic. Coyne’s essay which is a long winded attack on some straw man who isn’t Bob Wright (and a total waste of your time) is here. As always I plead with these self-appointed atheist spokespersons to learn some basic philosophy and theology since the arguments they are making are philosophical and theological in nature. Please learn the rules of debate, citation, the practice of thought, and so forth. A very good place to begin is the work of Hans Georg Gadamer (see HGG’s Truth and Method).
A better review of Evolution of God (in my biased opinion) is found here.
I leave you with some classic sardonic Wright:
Once again, we don’t have to worry about Coyne ever providing a quote from my book that supports this claim, because there isn’t one.
Update: It’s always the (in your mind) throwaway line that gets ya. I should say in fairness, that I really do enjoy the work of Jon Chait and Noam Scheiber.