Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bloggers and libel

It's fun, though a bit annoying, to watch inept PR firms try to shut down free speech in the name of "libel".  One of my favorite foodie blogs, What To Eat, just received such a threat from one David Martosko, claiming to represent the Center for Consumer Freedom, which the blog has been criticizing.

I hope his silly threat, and all similar ones directed toward people who exercise their First Amendment rights, ends up in a big backfire, providing even more publicity to the words we all enjoy.  Watch over the next few days as the Google search results shift against David Martosko and the Center shift as more people hear and write about their dumb action.

Incidentally, I don't even care that much about the facts of the case.  This is the internet. If you disagree with what somebody writes, get your own blog and tell us about it.  Don't go threatening a stupid and irrelevant lawsuit.

1 comment:

Tracy said...

Actually Martosko can do better than get his own blog. All he has to do is issue a press release, and all of the anti-animal, pro-hunting madmen (and people who don't know how underhanded the CCF is) will eat it up and post it on their own blogs and message boards. The ignorant do Martosko's work for him.

For people who don't know what the CCF is, please don't be one of the ignorant. Learn about the CCF and tell others:

For more information: http://sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Center_for_Consumer_Freedom