Robert Delle, one of the many contenders in last year’s Third Congressional race Republican primary, unsuccessfully sued the Telegram for a Clive McFarlane column describing him as a “birther” and a comment on telegram.com that referred to him as a “dope.”
From the Lawyers’ Weekly Docket blog:
Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder threw out the lawsuit, finding that any accusation of racism “centered on McFarlane’s interpretation” and was therefore protected speech.
The claim about the comment was rejected because federal law mandates that the newspaper “cannot be held liable for comments posted to its website,” said Kinder. Dalle’s allegation that a Telegram employee had posted the anonymous comment was “entirely devoid of detail or elaboration,” added Kinder.