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[ih] Defamation lawsuit brought by self-proclaimed email "inventor" settles



On Tue, May 21, 2019, 2:27 PM Richard Bennett <richard at bennett.com> wrote:

> Masnick was successful in getting the Huff Po articles removed.
>

HuffPo is a news organization. It's stories on this fraudster were
inaccurate. News organizations have a long history of issuing corrections,
or even retracting articles, to correct factual inaccuracies in their
reporting. This is nothing new, nor is it censorship.

        - Dan C.

> On May 21, 2019, at 9:00 AM, Noel Chiappa <jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu> wrote:
>
> From: Richard Bennett
>
>
> Masnick's claim that Huffington Post published material damaging to
> "its journalistic integrity"
>
>
> But those articles _would_ damage the journalistic reputation of a news
> organization which published them. (I'm going to avoid the rathole of
> whether HuffPo has any journalistic reputation.)
>
> strongly suggests that Huffington Post should take actions to
> restore said integrity
>
>
> This is a real tar-pit. I get your point, but chastising the HuffPo can't
> really be attacking _Ayyadurai_'s speech rights, but rather HuffPo's.
>
> And pointing out someone's busted speech happens all the time, and while
> such activity does implicitly call for a reaction from the attackee, i) it
> doesn't on its own suggest what the reaction should be, and ii) does this
> mean that _all_ such pointings-out are illegitimate (since by this
> standard they're attacks on free speech)? If the latter, what _is_ the
> appropriate response to someone saying, or publishing, something bogus?
> Surely not silence!
>
>
> I wonder to what degree Ayyadurai's campaign to get credit was just part of
> the runup to his Senate campaign? If so, his defeat there is true karma.
>
> Noel
>
>
> ?
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