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.
It’s time we addressed this sad non-issue squarely, and not just in the 126th comment buried beneath some unrelated post, after a certain commenter — it’s always the same one — sneakily brings it up.
As most of you know, this one commenter appears convinced that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. He bases this belief on an audio clip that he admits he has never heard in its entirety.
Never mind that a transcript is available. Never mind that reading the transcript shows very clearly that either a misstatement or a mistranslation occurred during the interview, and that the error was immediately corrected — corrected three times, in fact. Obama’s grandmother immediately realizes she’s been misunderstood. She corrects the record, corrects it again, corrects it a third time, and makes very clear her belief that Obama was born in Hawaii. Hawaii, Hawaii, Hawaii, she says.
This ought to be enough for any reasonable person to conclude that she does not, in fact, believe Obama to have been born in Kenya.
If that’s still not good enough, then I earnestly ask you to consider the equally strong evidence that Ronald Reagan had a homosexual relationship with his vice president, George H. W. Bush. Indeed, Bush admits it himself:
So… I’m making a public announcement. If you’re going to be a birther on the basis of that really pathetic audio clip from Obama’s grandmother, then I’m going to claim Ronald Reagan as a great gay American.
My evidence is every bit as solid as yours. Do we have a deal?