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.
Guest blogging for Kevin Drum
Leaguefest Las Vegas was a blast. Other than my wife coming down with a stomach bug; the headache I got Friday night that came on like a pre-hangover hangover; and the flu (or bad cold) that hit me Saturday evening and laid me up all of Memorial Day. I was too sick to play video games yesterday, which says quite a lot. I’m still sick today, but I can sit up, so that’s improvement at least.
This is also why my first post at Kevin Drum’s digs didn’t go up yesterday. It went up today, here, and brings up a theme I’ve discussed some in the past: the value of negativity in politics. We all hate how ugly politics can be, but negative campaigns help underscore just how human and fallible our political leaders actually are. Given how much power we entrust to our political leaders, we should remind ourselves often of this.
Anyways, I’ll be guest blogging at Mother Jones the rest of the week, so stay tuned.