Defamation law in need of change: media lawyer

An article in Law Times by a media lawyer argues that recent decisions attempting to more clearly define what is defamation in fact only muddy the waters and complicate the process of seeking legal redress (among the questions to be asked are whether the reporter put in enough time on the story and did he seek info form all available sources, which are tough enough to do in the best of times. Some thoughtful reading; there’s a reason defamation law is called the peculiar tort; it’s one of the difficult types of cases to prove or disprove.

Law Times, October 2008


Americans rely on old media in credit crisis

Interesting story from Saturday’s Globe about the huge web traffic going to MSM sites like the New York Times and Wall St. Journal. While the subscriptions are still declining, nevertheless, people go to trusted sources first, not the blogosphere, for credible information in a crunch.

Globe and Mail, Oct. 4 2008