Sunday, February 2, 2014

Big NAME NEWS, does NOT have Special Rights. Now the Courts, along with Blogger Crystal Cox and Constitutional Law Professor Eugene Volokh have leveled the playing field and ENDED the Monopoly of Free Speech in which Big Media held for Far to Long

"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."

""It makes clear that bloggers have the same First Amendment rights as professional journalists," he said. "There had been similar precedents before concerning advocacy groups, other writers and book authors. This follows a fairly well established chain of precedents. I believe it is the first federal appeals court level ruling that applies to bloggers."

"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."