The power elites that rule America are threatening the First Amendment again—and the assault is not coming just from government agencies.
Three former members of a University of Virginia fraternity have sued Rolling Stone magazine for defamation and infliction of emotional distress, “saying the magazine’s discredited article on a campus gang rape had a 'devastating effect' on their reputations,” The New York Times reports.
The U.S. government won the dismissal of a defamation suit against an anti-Iran advocacy group last week. It was the first time the government has intervened in a private case not involving a government agency or defense contractor.
Despite a continuing barrage of defamation attempts by the mainstream media and right-wing political advocacy groups, Wall Street’s occupiers seem to be enjoying a rising popularity with the public, especially fellow New Yorkers. (more)
The clash of TV titans Dan Rather and CBS execs looked like it might get uglier Thursday after the network filed a motion to dismiss Rather's $70-million lawsuit and CBS officials released a statement claiming they were "mystified" by Rather's "bizarre allegations." Back to you, Dan.