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.
I Think I Just Threw Up in My Mouth a Little Bit
It’s tough to disagree with Von’s assessment of She Who I Shall Not Name’s likely impact on the 2012 Presidential race:
The only candidate that conceivably benefits from Palin is Mitt Romney. Well connected, well established: Palin may suck the oxygen from a room, but Romney sucks the money. Romney also can’t help but like the contrast between him and Palin. More importantly, so long as Palin is around, it’s going to be that much harder for another candidate to get traction against him.
For those 99 percent of you who haven’t been reading me for two years, I should probably mention that there is no politician I find quite so emblematic of the deficiencies of the American political system as Mitt “Battlefield Earth” Romney and his minions (see, e.g., here, here, and here). I’d take a RINO or an arch-movement conservative any day of the week over the robotic and insincere establishment rump that Romney epitomizes.