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.
A Bully Pulpit Indeed
It’s a little bit incredulity-inducing to read a report of this sort of bad behavior — petty, perhaps, but obviously socially unacceptable — on the part of anyone, but particularly someone in an office which would seem to command a great deal of respect and demand of its occupant at least a modicum of personal dignity. Worse, in a couple of particularly school-on-Saturday moves, the guy tried to “playfully” blame it on his wife. And he managed to work in some self-promotion into his “apology,” too. There’s a bit of egg on the faces of every Kiwi around the world thanks to this dude.
I suppose in the interests of balance and skepticism it would be worth it to get his side of the story. But… I’m not going to do that because I’m quite busy today and I’ve enough life and professional experience with narcissists seeking out positions of power and then using them to impose petty cruelties upon those around them to immediately credit the story. Feel free to engage in armchair psychology of your own as to how a person who feels it is not only permissible but amusing to do something like this winds up as the Prime Minister of his nation.
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