Blogger’s Legal Trouble: Assertion of Fact

marcchamot2-Crystal-Cox-Blogger-Crystal-L-Cox-9th Circuit to bloggers: You’re all journalists now, kinda sorta
‘Crystal Cox, who describes herself as an “investigative blogger,” ran into legal trouble after publishing a series of blog posts that accused a bankruptcy trustee of “fraud, corruption, money-laundering and other illegal activities,” according to a court filing. The trustee, Kevin Padrick, sued Cox for defamation, and U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez in Portland denied her a key protection against liability that journalists enjoy: He didn’t require Padrick to show that Cox had been negligent. (More on what that means in a bit.)

‘The judge held that many of Cox’s blog posts were protected speech because they were statements of opinion, but he held that one — on Dec. 25, 2010 — included what most readers would consider an assertion of fact: namely, that Padrick had failed to pay $174,000 in taxes owed by the bankrupt company…’

Writing about copyright issues is dangerous
When is linking illegal for journalists?
‘…though Gawker isn’t the most sympathetic outlet, a new lawsuit against the site for linking to an infringing copy of an unreleased screenplay should send chills down the spines of every reporter who writes about copyright issues.

‘On Thursday, the Gawker Media site Defamer published an article titled “Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script,” about the filmmaker’s latest project. Tarantino had kept the script unpublished, but someone obtained a copy and posted it online. In the piece, Defamer quoted only a brief excerpt and a short summary published earlier that day by the Wrap. But it also included two links to the leaked screenplay on a file-sharing site called AnonFiles…’

Don’t Mess Around with Meteorologist Jim [Video]
Meteorologist Gets Attacked on Camera, Kicks Butt
‘Meteorologist Jim Cantore was reporting the weather live from South Carolina’s College of Charleston when he spotted a rowdy college kid heading his way. The student runs into frame — with a fierce battle cry — and Cantore, without missing a beat, knees the videobomber squarely in the groin.

‘Cantore quickly comments on the incident before going back to the report on Winter Storm Leon…’

The Outrageous Cost of Broadcasting the Winter Olympics
FuelMyWebsite invited me to submit blog posts on #ESPN#WinterSports and even provided me ESPN links for reference. I wonder if that’s related to this issue.

‘NBC paid $775 million to secure the U.S. broadcasting rights for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, which begin Feb. 7. The TV network and its affiliates have scheduled 539 hours of coverage, and will live stream more than 1,000 hours of the Winter Games.

‘While this year’s fees are quite an increase from the $91.5 million ABC paid for the Sarajevo Winter Olympics in 1984, NBC actually paid even more — $820 million — to broadcast the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. NBC lost $223 million on the Vancouver Olympics, but the company’s ad revenue this year is already snowballing…’


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