Editing and Design F’08

December 9, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — sarahkalka @ 4:47 am

So I just read an article published in Nov. that outlines the Oprah defamation case (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27894332/) and how she is asking them to not take the case to trial. In the article, she is accused of stating that the ex-headmistress of her girls school doesn’t care for the children. The ex-headmistress is now taking her to court on grounds of defamation. Oprah denies that she said anything defamatory. After what we’ve just learned about libel, what do you think will happen? What do you think should happen? If Oprah goes to court, how will this affect her as a media mogul?

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  1. I think this case will go where most libel cases end up, nowehere. I don’t believe the ex-headmistress has a strong case and what’s more I think Oprah’s lawyers make the strong point of asking the case to be dismissed due to jurisdictional reasons because they do not do business in Pennsylvania where the plantiff is suing in.

    I think it is interesting,however, the way the article words the accusations: “According to the lawsuit, filed last month in Philadelphia, Winfrey falsely implied that Mzamane wasn’t trustworthy through comments about the need to clean house and remarks such as, ‘I thought she cared about the girls of South Africa.'”
    I belive this sentence is a problem and would not have written it as such. The phrase “Winfrey fasely implied” implicates Oprah, although it is simply a reiteration of what was said. Would this be covered by qualified privilege? I think it is because it is a legal document, however, I am under the bleif that it would be safer to use the ‘safe’phrase “in connection with”.

    Comment by kmajew — December 9, 2008 @ 5:04 am | Reply


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