In my facebook I found a link to an interesting article that I would like to share. The link is: http://technorati.com/blogging/article/blogger-smacked-with-25-million-fine/. Please take a moment to read.
When you finish reading that article please read the following:
At the heart of this case is a blogger who believed that she was reporting the truth and exposing her version of the facts that she has gotten from sources. If you see her titles to her blog entrys some have curse words, some have punctuation marks and others just have normal titles. But they are all to expose some form of corruption.
She was given a decision against her to pay to the plaintiff the amount of $2.5 million dollars. I had read on I believe EFF web page an article about bloggers not being considered journalist. (www.eff.org)Bloggers do write articles but they are on different things and are more opinion pieces than journalistic peices. But does that mean that a blogger should hold themselves to a lesser standard? I think not.
I think that a blogger should hold themselves accountable for their words. I think that if it doesn’t hurt you then you can retract your statement but if it hurts you then you as the blogger have the right or maybe the decision capacity to tell that person I am sorry but I can’t retract that statement. And hopefully not lose your readership at the same time.
But where does that leave most of us who blog? Where we stand right now as those who blog about what makes us who we are in our blogs and where we are going to be in the days to come. Future entries will be made and they will also be used to defame possibly but hopefully for entertainment.
On the flip side of the coin, you have the plaintiff the one who was accused of all of these criminal activities by her in her blogs. Where is he now and how is his life? Do you think that it won’t get paid? The comments made by those who read the article say that they can get liens against her house, her bank, her check from her job and maybe force her to sell things. If this is the case then she will indeed pay that amount. It is obscenely large though. Better her than me I guess and at the same time not better her. She made a mistake and lost a large portion of her life there monetary wise.
If you Google her on http://www.google.com and put in the search term ‘crystal cox montana blogger’ you will pull up all of the articles and blogs written by her of which there are numerous ones. I just gave you two at the beginning of this post. But on your own time peruse what she wrote. I have seen a couple of them. Form your own opinion. And then re-visit the opinion of the case if you like and decide for yourself if after reading the article that the verdict was deserved based on what you yourself have researched.
For those in the know: in the book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and Its All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson Ph.D., published by Hyperion on pages 211-213; it says and I quote: “It’s interesting to consider that when you disagree with someone, the person you are disagreeing with is every bit as certain of his or her position as you are of yours. Yet we always take sides–ours!…Rather than automatically defending your own position (whatever it is), see if you can learn something new…Don’t say this with a hidden agenda or in preparation to defend or prove your position, but simply to learn a different point of view. Don’t try to correct or make your friend see how he is wrong. Let your friend have the satisfaction of being right. Practice being a good listener.
I think that is good advice. And Ms. Cox in her endeavor to report the truth was trying to do that. Hopefully the next time she will post a blog if she does, she will be a little bit more circumspect and discreet.
Some other articles to read: