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.
Yeah, that’s about right.
I’m still working on my post discussing my concerns that the left is needlessly starting down the road that’s made the right such a fishing joke. It should be up this week. But since we seem to be so deeply entrenched in “any criticism of the liberals/Dems is invalid because BSDI and False Equivalence!” here at OT, I thought I’d at least pass this tidbit on.
This post is from Anne Laurie over at BJ, and it discusses this important piece by Nicolas Confessore at the New York Times. You should really read the NYT piece yourself, but the gist of it is that big-money GOP donors are essentially looking to cut out those pesky democratically elected middle-men-and-women* and use their money to take more direct and immediate control when using their wealth to subvert our democratic process.
Like I say, it’s a really important story.
Unfortunately for Confessore, the whole story is apparently rendered moot — because in this article that focuses almost exclusively in right-wing billionaires, the Times resorts to “[pasting] a veneer of Both Sides! parity” for briefly mentioning that some liberal billionaires are starting to do the same.
Because apparently, it doesn’t matter whether a few rich asshats on the left are doing something we as citizens should be concerned about. If people on the right are doing that bad thing as well — and in greater numbers, and to a greater degree — then whatever things those people on the left did magically never happened. Because, you know, BDSI and False Equivalence.
And cue the obligatory freakout that I’ve even mentioned that someone on the left might not be right about something in 3, 2, 1…
* Ha! No, seriously, it’s the GOP. It’s just middle-men.