A judge in the Obsidian Finance Group v. Cox case found that Cox was not a journalist and "therefore not entitled to the protections that media defendants enjoy in libel cases" (First amendment.org). Journalists say bloggers aren't journalists; even though that is true (and it is most likely relative to particular states), don't we have/deserve First Amendment rights?
First amendment rights don't apply to libel in the first place.
I have always thought that the right of free speech applied to everybody, individuals included. If that right is taken from us we need to assault washington en masse and demand our rights be restored. ASAP!!!
It does apply to everybody. That's why I was confused. Even though Cox was libelous, you still have to wonder about the judge's ruling in the case.
No, Dont wonder.
COvergae of the cox case was poor.
here: see the real Cox, her name is fitting
the legal issues are covered in a little more depth, beware, the blogger is a bit salty
The constitution, the Bill of rights were written, addressed to the American people. Whatever bill or amendment concerns all the Americans, now to discriminate one versus the another is "unamerican", unconstitutional.
Moral principles, like the First Amendment, need to apply to all citizens otherwise it is essentially meaningless.
People on the net should be not accorded any particular rights...as soon as someone shows me where the border crossing over to totalitarianism exists in cyberspace. Silence or censor me, and I will find a way to speak and be heard. Reminds me of a dream I had when I was young...damned if it hasn't come true. The sad thing is, is the more we speak the more we will be silenced. Check out the One World Government forum. I've seen this coming for a very long time.
Cox was a digital blackmailer, not a journalist.
She wrote false and unproven things about an individual, then heavily promoted those easy terms and offered to provide "reputation management" to her victim.
The media just did a crap job at covering that story
Otherwise, yes a blogger should have first amendment rights. Libel is not protected by the First Amendment as MB stated
In my opinion and based on investigative journalism performed by the Salty Droid, including personal communication allegedly posted by Cox
Libel is not protected, obviously, because you can't protect someone if it what they write or say is not true. If people's voices are totally unfettered, they will talk or write themselves into hot water.
"I mean, in some cases with libel laws, you know, they can write things about people who have no course of action, because they can't afford to take legal action against them."
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