This is when blogging gets weird.
If a headline could be illegal…
We can stop complaining about unpaid internships now (well, no we shouldn’t because they suck)
I assumed that they were just JK-ing because it’s Twitter.
Then I realized they actually started their article with “JK!”, which completely negates their headline.
Spin… are you ok…?
Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi filed a defamation suit against the New York Post Wednesday, Maria Sacchetti reports in The Boston Globe.
From The Boston Globe: “The front page would lead a reasonable reader to believe that plaintiffs had bombs in their bags, that they were involved in causing the Boston Marathon bombing,” according to the court complaint. The lawsuit asserts the newspaper subjected the friends to “scorn, hatred, ridicule, or contempt in the minds of a considerable and respectable segment of the community.”
The two are 16 and 24 years old.
And this debate gets started again. My gut tells me they deserve compensation. But it worries my sensibilities that a paper could be successfully sued for what they say.
Based on the legal definition of libel:
libel 1) n. to publish in print (including pictures), writing or broadcast through radio, television or film, an untruth about another which will do harm to that person or his/her reputation, by tending to bring the target into ridicule, hatred, scorn or contempt of others.
They are guilty, however, during these trials the question of intent always comes up. And if the Post honestly believed they were right, it makes this a difficult case to decide.
My guess: Settle out of court. -AR