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Thursday, December 29, 2011

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Seth Finkelstein

It strikes me that there are plenty of scenarios where someone might subsequently agree that they got a story wrong, but did enough checking at the time so didn't act with malice or reckless disregard for truth. Yes, yes, this can be a false declaration based on intimidation. But journalists getting burned or deceived by supposedly "reliable sources" is hardly unknown. Never allowing any recourse under any circumstances, as a matter of law, because alleged recantations might be based on intimidation, seems like a pathological outcome.

md

There should be some mechanism for removing defamatory content from sites like ripoffreport.com without having to participate in an extortion scheme, such as (in my opinion) the Corporate Advocacy Program offered by Xcentric.

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