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Thursday, June 09, 2011

Tony's mitigation

AnthonyweinerAs I wrote last week, I respectfully disagree with Ann Althouse that Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) ever had any substantial legal exposure to Twitter or Facebook or yfrog on some sort of defamation claim based on his oft-repeated lies claiming his accounts with those services had been "hacked."

So the only thing I have to say this week is this: With his tearful press conference this week, he's now effectively mitigated whatever potential defamation damages exposure he might arguably have had if Prof. Althouse was right: Nobody in the known world now believes that someone hacked his accounts, and there's no possibility of continued damage to Twitter's or Facebook's or yfrog's reputations as a result of this whole debacle.

Smart move, Tony!

(In fact, maybe mitigating his defamation damages exposure was his real motivation to "pretend" to have lied, instead of him being motivated to "pretend" to have lied because he's now the victim of that blackguard Breitbart's blackmail schemes! Yeah, that's the ticket! Alert the media! Someone email Joy Behar!)

Posted by Beldar at 02:51 AM in Congress, Ethics, Humor, Law (2011), Politics (2011), Web/Tech | Permalink


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(1) Gregory Koster made the following comment | Jun 9, 2011 3:10:36 AM | Permalink

Dear Mr. Dyer: I always learn from you. Today: Ed Schultz is not of the known world, doubtless from an infernal place. Proof? You say no one in the known world believes AW's accounts were hacked. Give yourself some belly laughs and watch this clip (via Real Clear Politics) at about 1:32 for ol' Ed saying it isn't proved AW's accounts were NOT hacked, the investigation (by whom?) will show if there's been hacking. You can't improve on Bugs Bunny in this case: What an embezzle! What an ultra-maroon!

Sincerely yours,
Gregory Koster

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