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.
What Do You Call It?
Much has been made – in conservative circles, at least – on the administration’s labeling of Nidal Hasan’s assault on Ford Hood as “workplace violence” when there is increasing evidence that it was not a case of an employee “going postal”. The distinction matters in terms of the benefits given to the casualties. At the same time, it wasn’t really “terrorism” as it was an attack on a military target. Not was it a “terrorist attack” in the sense that the USS Cole could be considered such – a military attack perpetrated by people associated with terrorism – because, he was acting alone. Which also precludes calling it a “military attack.”
So I seem to have eliminated every short-hand description I can think of. I would love to say that it’s a one-off event that doesn’t need a description, but this is the world we live in.