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Primary Source 1: Transcript of the Case:
Breakdown: In this document, the full court decision on the case of Blumenthal vs. Drudge is broken down, beginning with the offending article published in The Drudge Report and continuing on to the backstory of the case. In the first line, AOL, which was also charged with libel, is granted the motion it filed to have itself dismissed from the case. The judge is then documented as having refused the defendant Matt Drudge’s similar move to have the case dismissed on what Drudge claimed was a lack of personal jurisdiction. After this particular decision, the case was eventually settled out of court in 2001.
Primary Source 2: Retraction by Drudge:
Breakdown: This is a very short email, in which Matt Drudge, the defendant, retracts the article published in The Drudge Report on August 11, 1997, in which the false statements about the plaintiff, White House staffer Sidney Blumenthal, were written. It is direct, and to the point, but it still central to the case, since it shows that Drudge was forced to take back his words, and indeed saw that the information he had written constituted defamation.
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April 20, 2016
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