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’m a poor substitute for Tyler Cowen, but since Sonny Bunch is soliciting comments on this post, I thought I’d chime in. The argument Bunch links to is pretty simple: We should think twice about giving foreign aid to Haiti because charity breeds dependence and deters self-sufficiency. I’m sympathetic to the dependency thesis, but even foreign aid skeptics make a pretty big exception for massive, unpredictable natural disasters (like, say, an earthquake that registers a 7.0 on the Richter Scale – “the most powerful to hit the Carribean republic in 120 years”).
The author compares foreign aid to giving change to inveterate panhandlers, but a better analogy is rushing someone to the hospital after they’ve been struck by lightning. The earthquake in Haiti is a singularly disastrous event. Anyone lucky enough to survive has undoubtedly realized that the generous outpouring of foreign aid is the result of a freak natural occurrence, not some never-ending international gravy train. The idea that receiving aid after a massive disaster conditions people to passively rely on outside assistance ignores the fact that they’ve just endured a massive disaster, which provides a unique, one-time justification for international generosity. The distinction between the charity of exigent circumstances and the charity of ongoing welfare payments strikes me as a pretty intuitive point in favor of doing everything we can to alleviate human suffering after natural catastrophes.