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October 20, 2005

Walking on Eggshells

AP Stylebook (p. 338-68) -- News Writing (EL 227)

Man, this stuff is really intense. One mistake and you could be in a lot of trouble. I never realized how serious libel can be. It's even more difficult considering that there isn't one set definition of libel in the United States. The text talked about how Illinois, had a different definition from New York, and New York had a different definition from Texas. It's like reporters are walking on eggshells no matter where they go.

It's also even more scary since the text explains that libel isn't just involved with crime stories. It's attatched to birth notices and even wedding announcements.

Like Lorin said on her blog, Law is extremely complicated! Especially when you get into the priveleges and Defenses. Who is to determine what is opinion and what is not. Another one is, a Fair Report.

Posted by AndrewLoNigro at October 20, 2005 08:28 PM

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