A U.S. District Court judge in Portland [Oregon] has drawn a line in the sand between “journalist” and “blogger.” And for Crystal Cox, a woman on the latter end of that comparison, the distinction has cost her $2.5 million.
There are two things to point out:
- She represented herself and I see that as a big mistake.
- The case is for defamation where she claims that she has a source that she will not reveal.
What it comes down to is that she represented her claims as factual (according to the ruling) and would not reveal the source to prove that the claims were indeed factual. I wouldn’t reveal my source either, but I would certainly hire an attorney — or two.