(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Sunday, February 16, 2003

a random law note
The Alabama Supreme Court has held that when one talk-radio sports commentator, in disparaging the interviewing style of a rival talk-radio sports commentator, says "I thought that they [the rival commentator and his interviewee] were going to start performing oral sex on one another", this does not constitute actionable defamation. Duh. (Someday, the reasoning behind such a holding might be that an allegation that one man is likely to perform oral sex on another does not constitute saying something bad about somebody. That, however, was not the basis for the Alabama Supreme Court's holding. Instead, it was essentially the also-correct "come on, it was talk radio for pete's sake -- nobody expects literal truth on talk radio!")

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