"A general point about the mechanics of defamation: It is impossible to effectively defend oneself against unethical critics. If nothing else, the law of entropy is on their side, because it will always be easier to make a mess than to clean it up. It is, for instance, easier to call a person a “racist,” a “bigot,” a “misogynist,” etc. than it is for one’s target to prove that he isn’t any of these things. In fact, the very act of defending himself against such accusations quickly becomes debasing. Whether or not the original charges can be made to stick, the victim immediately seems thin-skinned and overly concerned about his reputation. And, rebutted or not, the original charges will be repeated in blogs and comment threads, and many readers will assume that where there’s smoke, there must be fire."
Monday, April 8, 2013
Posted by dkuehn at 4:59 PM
It's excellent. The contrast between the two is stark (here's his initial article for comparison). This isn't really new for Greenwald, of course. He distorts the people he disagrees with on the drone issue too. The opening passage is an excellent treatment of the frustration of dealing with people like Greenwald online: