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.
Somebody needs to make a Carlos Danger movie
To be quite honest, I really don’t care about Anthony Weiner’s proclivity for sending lewd photos to women far too young for him who aren’t his wife. I don’t think this sort of thing is as big a deal as everyone makes it—I just sort of expect it out of a politician, and I don’t think it matters when it comes to policy nearly so much as many of the other awful things our leaders do. It’s just fun to talk about a guy named Weiner sending photos of his…well you know.
But what I love about this latest Weiner scandal is his handle: Carlos Danger. That’s just brilliant.
Someone needs to snap that up post-haste and make it into a movie. It could be about a politician who doubles as a super-hero vigilante who doubles as a guy who sends pictures of his nether-regions to women on the internet. And it could have some sort of cascading scandal where the politician’s fall from grace leads to the super-hero’s fall from grace which leads to some Dire Circumstance or other and…well, I’m probably getting ahead of myself.
The simple fact is, I don’t care about the scandal. It means nothing to the broader problems we face in this society. But I would like to someday have a national politician elected with the name Carlos Danger. I sort of want to start making signs that say “Carlos Danger for Mayor!”
In a statement, Weiner politicked:
“I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have. As I have said in the past, these things that I did were wrong and hurtful to my wife and caused us to go through challenges in our marriage that extended past my resignation from Congress. While some things that have been posted today are true and some are not, there is no question that what I did was wrong. This behavior is behind me. I’ve apologized to Huma and am grateful that she has worked through these issues with me and for her forgiveness. I want to again say that I am very sorry to anyone who was on the receiving end of these messages and the disruption that this has caused. As my wife and I have said, we are focused on moving forward.”
Gender aside, I could never be a politician’s wife.
Oh, and P.S. you can get your very own Carlos Danger style handle via Slate’s name generator. Which is beyond silly, but precisely what the internet is good for. Mine is Victorino Violence. Not quite up to the Carlos Danger pedigree if you ask me.