The Obama regime seems to believe that they have the right to dictate who qualifies as a “journalist”, and seem to argue that only “real” journalists (translate MSM) qualifies for journalistic or First Amendment protections.
Ah no, and this case could have legal ramifications that could help all bloggers against such minimization of their rights by this regime.
GRANTS PASS, ORE. – A federal appeals court ruled Friday that bloggers and the public have the same First Amendment protections as journalists when sued for defamation: If the issue is of public concern, plaintiffs have to prove negligence to win damages.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new trial in a defamation lawsuit brought by an Oregon bankruptcy trustee against a Montana blogger who wrote online that the court-appointed trustee criminally mishandled a bankruptcy case.
The appeals court ruled that the trustee was not a public figure, which could have invoked an even higher standard of showing the writer acted with malice, but the issue was of public concern, so the negligence standard applied.
Gregg Leslie of the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press said the ruling affirms what many have long argued: Standards set by a 1974 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Gertz v. Robert Welch Inc., apply to everyone, not just journalists.
“It’s not a special right to the news media,” he said. “So it’s a good thing for bloggers and citizen journalists and others.”
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of a deceased people can use Google Inactive Account Manager gain
access to their Gmail email. (Photograph: Dean Murray / Rex Features)
Google has opened a new service to let people control what
happens to their email, online photos and blogposts saved in its
accounts, as concern grows over what happens to users' "digital life"
when they die.
Called Inactive Account Manager – which Google's Andreas Tuerk accepts
is "not a great name" – it will let users decide whether to trigger it
if they haven't logged in for three, six, nine or 12 months, and then
either delete their data or send all or selected elements to a nominated
person of their choice.
The move comes after increasing concern
about problems encountered by families who have been trying to access or
shut down accounts on sites such as Facebook after the sudden death of
relatives, and amid controversy over the proposed "right to be
forgotten" that the European Union is trying to introduce over digital
Google's new service joins a number of offerings to handle the aftermath of a "digital death", typified by services such as Entrustet,
which let people decide what messages and access to information they
want surviving relatives or friends to see after their death. With use
of social networks becoming prevalent and an important window into
peoples' lives and friends, there have been recent examples of relatives
of the dead being unable to gain access to the dead peoples' accounts:
the family of one soldier was refused access to his email by Yahoo, and
some families have had to seek court orders to gain access to the
Facebook accounts of the deceased.
If you own the language you
control the dialogue. If you control the
dialogue you have the ability to censor thought. If you censor thought you can
infiltrate culture. Freedom of expression remains the
breastplate of our American
freedom. There are many who do not
understand this dynamic. They speak against the very guarantee of our liberty.
For me the issue is quite simple. Freedom of expression is a process and not an
There is a war going on. It is being waged within the political
trenches of our nations. This is a war
birthed within a digital age. Lexicon
War. It is important that there be no
real winner. And it is equally important
that there is no real defeat. Because
when it comes to freedom of expression, the process is extremely important. But
the process is always open-ended and continuing. The outcome is never fully determined.
Let's look at the latest American
cast of characters. In the first Lexicon
War we have CAIR v Pamela Geller. The Chicago branch of CAIR decided to run a
series of advertisements as part of a
bus campaign to raise the awareness of jihad as a personal and internal
struggle. One ad says,"#My jihad is
to stay fit despite my busy schedule. What's yours?" Not one to take it lying down, Pamela Geller
mounted her own campaign in her usual trailblazing style. Her ads are all on the scale of: "Reloading, firing again, reloading,
firing again, while screaming Allahu Akbar - victim of Major Nidal Hassan, Fort
Hood jihad mass murderer. That's #MyJihad, what's yours?"
You say struggle. I say kill. You
say jihad of the tongue. Mine is of the pen.
Blogger routinely does this, takes down blogs for no good reason, most of the blogs are eventually restored after weeks or months of efforts on the part of the blog owners. So far today I know of two, Gates of Vienna and Babbazee's Brain. Yesterday Michael Travis left this message in a comment:
Debbie & Grouch,
I have just had a long conversation with the Google people. Google
has advised me that due to complaint by Weasel Zippers , they have
terminated the Christian Website "Babbazeesbrain.Com"
This disgusts me (as An Israeli Jew) and I hope everyone contacts Google for an explanation and not...Weasels!
Psalms and gospel are not a reason for complaint!
If the Zippers have problem, then they should step out of the shadows and explain them selves.
If Christianity is a crime, then so be it!
My job is (as you know) Defence Intelligence. If the 'ZIPPERS" WOULD
LIKE TO EXPLAIN THEIR COMPLAINT AGAINST Christians , then they should do
it within the next 72 hours
Sweet hubby, the Grouch, spent the last few months planning a much needed vacation to Florida for the two of us, and what a great time we both had over the past two weeks. The sweet Grouch has a detailed post on our trip with great pictures here, don't miss it.
We spent two days with my brother and his family near Tampa. While there we were lucky enough to attend the party of the year, the 50 year wedding anniversary of my sister-in-law's parents.
Click images to enlarge.
Then we headed to Florida City where we spent the night and ate the finest seafood platter at one of our favorite restaurants, the Mutineer. Yum Yum. Only one of the fantastic meals we had during our trip.
Next morning we headed South to Key West.
Driving the long road to Key West.
Stopping along the way to enjoy the sites.
The sweet hubby who planned our perfect vacation.
So much to see in Old Town Key West and I don't think we missed anything.
Doug Ross just announced the winners of the 2011 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards, the most prestigious new media awards in the conservative blogosphere. Yes, Right Truth is included as a member of the Watcher of Weasels Council. I will display the badge of honor proudly in the sidebar, along with last year's award.
These awards recognize a variety of blogs and websites operating in the conservative hemisphere of the Internet, all of which have worked tirelessly to protect America from Statism -- some in very unique ways.
So, without further ado, may I have the envelopes, please?
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