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This is one way to force a level playing field:

Call it the Dissident Lottery. The $32.5 million settlement Oberlin College has been ordered to pay for harassing and intimidating owners of a local bakery is a recent precedent, but as Robert Barnes of the Free America Law Center explains in the video, suing individuals will have more of a chilling effect on the libel, slander, and censorship the corporate media’s marionettes mete out than suing actual corporations will. There is little reason not to pursue both avenues simultaneously–individuals to stop the lying, corporations for the payday.

The game changer will be when the nodes of the network are fully fleshed out through discovery. When Twitter is forced to turn over DMs from certain blue checkmarks in the employ of major news and shakedown organizations and those DMs lead to domestic terrorists, the opportunity to really take mendacity personified to the cleaners will present itself.

It’s easy to become discouraged by the increasing totalitarian effort to silence anyone who points out that the emperor is naked, but the desperation and hysteria of the forces hellbent on hiding increasingly obvious truths is an indication of a precariousness of their power:

 
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  1. The Free America Law Center is an encouraging sign. I agree with Barnes that suing media institutions is probably fruitless because small-time plaintiffs are at such a disadvantage. Oberlin was an exception, because the college behaved so egregiously and the plaintiffs had the resources to avoid a settlement. But most importantly, Oberlin didn’t have the legal protections of a newspaper.

    Media railroading is different. The individual actions of a single MSM outlet may not be, on face value, egregious. Certainly not enough to overcome the “actual malice” standard afforded to the media. Rather, it is the collective actions of the media as a whole — combined with social media and long-lived search results — that ruins people’s lives. Unfortunately, this is tough to prove in court, and the MSM is well aware of this.

    The way to go after media institutions is to overturn New York Times v. Sullivan. Clarence Thomas outlined the rationale for doing so, in the recent Cosby sex abuse case. The success of overturning NYT v. Sullivan — like so many other lousy decisions from Warren and Burger courts — is largely dependent on the 2020 election. But as it stands now, Chief Justice Roberts is a quintessential RINO on high profile cases. The only chance is to reelect Trump and keep the Senate, which will give a solid chance of replacing both Ginsberg and Breyer.

  2. Nothing wrong with making the attempt, but there is a very untrue assumption here –

    The assumption that there is some kind of intrinsic ‘fairness’ in USA courts and judges, that they are something like what is portrayed in USA TV shows and movies

    How many friggin’ times have we all seen someone write somewhere that a lawsuit is filed about some big issue … And then you never hear about it again

    A few cases slip through against the goons, like the Oberlin College case, the ‘lawsuit lottery’ which is part of how they sell the lies about the USA legal system

    But in general, the common people get betrayed, whilst cases for the people, are dismissed by grinning, smirking judges helping out the establishment

    You can file an appeal ha-ha… and then appeal to the Supreme Court … where something like 99% of appeals to the USA Supreme Court, are dismissed without argument or hearing

    Google is said to win or have dismissed 99% of the cases filed against them … Google of course being the best friend of US judges engaged in bribery or malfeasance, welcoming US judge gag orders to censor material from the internet, including the judges’ own crimes

    Despite the ample media opportunity, no US lawyer from the ‘freedom’ community, stepped forward to defend the unjustly railroaded, mentally-impaired James Fields Jr for what happened after Fields was attacked by Antifa in Charlottesville … Stuck with a corrupt ex-prosecutor ‘public defender’, Fields was sentenced to life plus 419 years in prison, whilst Jewish woman Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Grubman, ramming her SUV into a crowd, apparently shouting ‘f-ck you, white trash’, injuring 16, served only 38 days in jail

    That’s how it rolls in the USofA

  3. Google of course being the best friend of US judges engaged in bribery or malfeasance, welcoming US judge gag orders to censor material from the internet, including the judges’ own crimes.

    Google, which has managed to “read the mail” of practically everyone who uses and form of e-communication, and is therefore in a position to blackmail everybody, much like the intelligence services. This is the new “Regulatory Capture.”

    BTW, didn’t the Covington Kid’s lawsuits get kicked?

    • Replies: @Audacious Epigone
    The first one did, but there is going to be a deluge of them to follow. The good thing is we only need a 5% success rate to make a real mark. And because these media platforms operate in every state (for legal purposes), the civil suits will all happen in Kentucky.
  4. BTW, didn’t the Covington Kid’s lawsuits get kicked?

    Yes, because the judge ruled it was perfectly fine for the Bezos Post to print “opinions” as news, even when, or perhaps especially when, those “opinions” are blatant falsehoods.

    As Brabantian says, the courts will not save us.

    • Replies: @Oblivionrecurs
    And these are conservative courts. Imagine liberal judges

    We're fucked. At the very best scenario non college whites can enjoy the company of fellow blacks at the bottom
    , @Lot
    Dismissal is on appeal to a majority conservative 6th Circuit (it was majority liberal under Obama).

    So it will really be luck of the draw, and not necessarily a partisan vote. Dems don’t tend to like civil lawsuits to be dismissed by judges right after they are filed which is what happened here, they want more cases to go to juries. And GOP judges are sometimes not crazy about politicized libel suits.
    , @The Alarmist
    For argument's sake, assuming that the Post's publications were not merely opinion or name calling, the burden is on the Plaintiff to prove that the statements were false. Now, figure out how you can prove yourself to not be a racist.
  5. @Oleaginous Outrager

    BTW, didn’t the Covington Kid’s lawsuits get kicked?
     
    Yes, because the judge ruled it was perfectly fine for the Bezos Post to print "opinions" as news, even when, or perhaps especially when, those "opinions" are blatant falsehoods.

    As Brabantian says, the courts will not save us.

    And these are conservative courts. Imagine liberal judges

    We’re fucked. At the very best scenario non college whites can enjoy the company of fellow blacks at the bottom

  6. “when I look at their antics I see people who are panicking about losing control and livid at being defied, dismissed and ignored.”

    The left is in the middle of a mopping up operation of the remaining little enclaves of non-woke in the universities and coastal megacorps.

    That is them exercising strength where they have it.

    They are in retreat within the fed gov. One conservative judge after another, and Trump too slowly but still surely undoing Obama’s executive branch works and staffing the upper levels of the civil service with allies.

    • Agree: Audacious Epigone
    • Replies: @L Woods

    One conservative judge after another
     
    Right, like Kavanaugh and his all-female clerks. Salvation has arrived!
  7. @Oleaginous Outrager

    BTW, didn’t the Covington Kid’s lawsuits get kicked?
     
    Yes, because the judge ruled it was perfectly fine for the Bezos Post to print "opinions" as news, even when, or perhaps especially when, those "opinions" are blatant falsehoods.

    As Brabantian says, the courts will not save us.

    Dismissal is on appeal to a majority conservative 6th Circuit (it was majority liberal under Obama).

    So it will really be luck of the draw, and not necessarily a partisan vote. Dems don’t tend to like civil lawsuits to be dismissed by judges right after they are filed which is what happened here, they want more cases to go to juries. And GOP judges are sometimes not crazy about politicized libel suits.

  8. @The Alarmist

    Google of course being the best friend of US judges engaged in bribery or malfeasance, welcoming US judge gag orders to censor material from the internet, including the judges’ own crimes.
     
    Google, which has managed to "read the mail" of practically everyone who uses and form of e-communication, and is therefore in a position to blackmail everybody, much like the intelligence services. This is the new "Regulatory Capture."

    BTW, didn't the Covington Kid's lawsuits get kicked?

    The first one did, but there is going to be a deluge of them to follow. The good thing is we only need a 5% success rate to make a real mark. And because these media platforms operate in every state (for legal purposes), the civil suits will all happen in Kentucky.

  9. @Oleaginous Outrager

    BTW, didn’t the Covington Kid’s lawsuits get kicked?
     
    Yes, because the judge ruled it was perfectly fine for the Bezos Post to print "opinions" as news, even when, or perhaps especially when, those "opinions" are blatant falsehoods.

    As Brabantian says, the courts will not save us.

    For argument’s sake, assuming that the Post’s publications were not merely opinion or name calling, the burden is on the Plaintiff to prove that the statements were false. Now, figure out how you can prove yourself to not be a racist.

  10. I just saw this video, and I thought it was one of the best that Stefan has ever made. Robert Barnes is a very astute lawyer with a great political sense. He’s very even handed, as he should be (to contrast himself from the self appointed puppet masters at the SPLC.) Now…if conservative, libertarian and right leaning Americans can support his organization the way they support the NRA….

    • Agree: Audacious Epigone
  11. @Lot
    “when I look at their antics I see people who are panicking about losing control and livid at being defied, dismissed and ignored.”

    The left is in the middle of a mopping up operation of the remaining little enclaves of non-woke in the universities and coastal megacorps.

    That is them exercising strength where they have it.

    They are in retreat within the fed gov. One conservative judge after another, and Trump too slowly but still surely undoing Obama’s executive branch works and staffing the upper levels of the civil service with allies.

    One conservative judge after another

    Right, like Kavanaugh and his all-female clerks. Salvation has arrived!

    • Replies: @Lot

    Right, like Kavanaugh and his all-female clerks.
     
    He might have had all female clerks now and again, but he's also hired plenty of male ones.
  12. @L Woods

    One conservative judge after another
     
    Right, like Kavanaugh and his all-female clerks. Salvation has arrived!

    Right, like Kavanaugh and his all-female clerks.

    He might have had all female clerks now and again, but he’s also hired plenty of male ones.

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