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.
Free at Last, Free at Last, Thank God I’m… Wait, what?
I don’t want to write too much about this, because despite the fact that every blog I’ve seen run this story calls the Jan Mickelson “influential” I can’t find much in the way of references to him anywhere on the intertubes prior to this week.*
But I still wanted to point the story out, because it illustrates perfectly a concept Ta-Nehisi Coates notes in Between the World & Me: How pathetically little it really takes for us to return to those evil places to which we have convinced ourselves we would never, ever consider returning. At least by the sound of it, this doesn’t sound like an instance of open-mouth-insert-foot disease. Mickelson really seems to have taken the time to carefully consider his proposal.
* Though I did notice he seems to have been quoted as a member of Team Not-Crazy Conservative by the DesMoines Register in an article about the Donald.