It’s been observed that History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes. There seems to be echoes of similarity bouncing among lawsuits these day.

The shutuppery lawsuit that the big-time media has take some notice of is Shirley Sherrod’s defamation suit against Andrew Breitbart’s estate. J. Christian Adams writes about it here.

Sherrod’s lawsuit is premised on a dangerous idea: when conservatives speak about liberals, they shouldn’t be allowed to quote the liberal saying disgraceful things unless they quote the liberal also saying nice things. Supposedly, Andrew Breitbart’s didn’t publish enough of the nice things Sherrod said, and thus Sherrod sued Andrew and Larry O’Connor (a editor).

Let’s call it the not-enough-nice-context theory of defamation. They don’t teach it in law school, yet.

Sherrod’s defamation theory is dangerous to the free press

Read the whole thing. The Gentle Reader who has been following the lawsuits reported here at Hogewash! may see certain recurring themes.

One of the topics Shirley Sherrod’s lawyers wanted to know about in my deposition is who controls the comments to articles here at PJ Media.


UPDATE—Bad link fixed.


De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bonum

Not everyone liked Andrew Breitbart, but the outpouring of ill-mannered comments (for example) by some people is a bit amazing. And none of it, not one single comment, has been clever–which probably demonstrates how effective Mr. Breitbart’s work in exposing liberal BS was!

Mark Twain once commented at the death of an enemy that he was unable to attend the funeral but that he had sent a nice letter of approval. That’s clever, and it makes Twain’s point without the crudeness we’re seeing in some of the postings these last couple of days.

I’ve gone to a funeral where the my purpose wasn’t to grieve or comfort the grieving but to really make sure the jerk was dead. But I didn’t tell his widow or his kids.

Andrew Breitbart, R. I. P.

Andrew Breitbart has died suddenly at age 43.

UPDATE–They’re calling him a “muckraker.”

There’s a line in one of Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently novels that describes a room so filthy that “Hercules, upon seeing it, would have returned in a half hour armed with a navigable river.” That’s a better description of what Andrew Breitart was about. He didn’t just rake the muck; he flushed it out.

I’ll miss his wit and skill and, most of all, his forcefulness in standing up against horseshit.