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View Diary: Shirley Sherrod Sues Andrew Breitbart! (259 comments)

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  •  I'm not even sure (0+ / 0-)

    the public concern element is necessary if the person was a private figure.  I think only (1) the person disseminated something false (2) to a third party, and (3) it caused damage to the Plaintiff is relevant.  I think Breibart might try to argue that working in government made Sherrod a public figure, but it's not as if she were an elected official.

    •  oh yeah that'll fly (not) (0+ / 0-)

      Working in government cannot equal being a public figure, otherwise everyone who works for the various classified three-letter agencies, as well as everyone who cleans up the Capitol at the end of the day, instantly becomes a public figure.

      There has to be more to it than that: a senior position that already has public visibility as part of the job description.  And giving a limited lecture to a limited audience does not qualify.

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