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.
That Fine Line Between Correlation and Coincidence
Obama now leads Texas Governor Rick Perry, the frontrunner in the GOP contest, 46% to 39%. Perry’s chief rival for the nomination, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney , holds a narrow 43% to 40% lead over the president.
I also want to put forth this tidbit, from another write-up of the same Romney-Obama polling data:
Less than three weeks ago, Romney trailed Obama 43% to 39%. At that time, Texas Governor Rick Perry was the only Republican contender leading the president, with a 44% to 41% advantage.
So, at the same time that Perry has emerged as the “face” of the Republican primaries but seen his stock against Obama swing the wrong way by 10 percent, Romney has seen a six-point positive swing. My question is: to what extent has Romney’s uptick been connected to Perry’s emergence as the GOP front-runner (and the subsequent media coverage)?
I’ll be honest: a month ago I heard “Mitt Romney” and though “The Plastic Fantastic Dancing Fraud.” But now — Fred Astaire was pretty snazzy, after all, and that Jefferson Airplane song would be kind of awesome as a campaign theme (especially if we could get Huck and Hunt to perform it live):
(N.B. Don’t take this as an endorsement, yet, Mitt! Both sides have quite a bit to do to wrest me away from another Wendell Berry write-in vote. However, my price is probably more affordable than Perry’s.)