Posted by: kklist | November 10, 2015

Lawsuits against Rolling Stone

Hiya Ethics,

Here is a Pointer piece on the Rolling Stone lawsuits one filed by a UVa administrator, one by the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and one by three fraternity members.

All will claim they were identified by the piece, either by name or description. If they are considered private people, they will have to prove “negligence,” which is defined as not taking reasonable care. If they are considered public, they will have to prove “actual malice,” which is defined as knowing falsity or reckless disregard for the truth.

Both definitions go directly to the reporting process, and Rolling Stone already has condemned itself on that count by commissioning the Columbia study that has been described as an “indictment” of its work. Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone’s publisher, might as well get out his checkbook now.

See you Thursday!

best,

k

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