I was really angry this morning when I heard how I was quoted by Today:
“I am aware that the laws of defamation apply whether online or offline, and A*Star has a legal right to sue for defamation”
Other than that, my captors have treated me well since I was shot down while flying a combat sortie over Iraq.
While I don’t know if the journo was really at fault for chopping the quote to that size and slant, it is nonetheless an obvious lesson which you’d think I’d have learnt ages ago. Everyone has a motive and an agenda. You will be used. Question their motives first before talking.
The spiel on my side of the phone had gone like this (in response to the question put to me about what the ramifications for bloggers were), and I paraphrase myself (because nair record down):
The lesson to be learnt here is that the laws of defamation apply to all publications, online and off. Bloggers would hopefully have learnt that once you’ve blogged, you have published, and a publication is public. A*Star or anyone has the right to sue for defamation if they have been defamed by a blogger. As for the AcidFlask-A*Star matter, he [AcidFlask] may well have defamed A*Star, we don’t know, but I think the agency’s response smacks of bullying. I mean, come on, the fella is just one student, you are an [govt] agency, and I think you can’t possibly have protected the ‘reputation of your agency’ and your country by threatening to sue the one student who mouths off’.
Us ‘veteran’ bloggers have egg on our faces now. The fuckers. Like that how to be cool anymore?