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.
Incoherent Democracy, Again
Ezra Klein touched yesterday on one of my favorite themes: The public’s stated preferences are unbelievably incoherent. Poll after poll demonstrates it, in one issue area after another.
- To cut Social Security for the wealthy. But no cuts to Social Security.
- To raise the retirement age to 69. But again, no cuts to Social Security.
- To cut Medicare for the wealthy. But no cuts to Medicare.
- Don’t cut education, either. Instead, cut federal subsidies to the states. (These are in large part subsidies for education and Medicare, with some infrastructure too. Any guesses on whether the public wants to cut infrastructure?)
And we wonder why democracy leaves us unsatisfied. Given our stated preferences, there is literally nothing that could satisfy. Except maybe saying one thing and doing another.
Oh, and we wonder why politicians are dishonest, too.