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.
Newt’s Secret Ingredient
Just a reminder to all you fine ladies and gentlemen, I will be covering the 2012 election circus with a reasonable amount of snark over at my new American Times politics blog. I have a brief meditation on the conservative movement, Newt’s South Carolina victory, and the state of the union here. What leads voters to prefer an adulterer over Mitt Romney? I try to answer that and other questions.
Bonus: if Newt ends up winning the nomination we should petition to have January 21st forever be declared Newt Day. Or Newt’s Year Day or something. A man with an ego such as his deserves his very own day.