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Michele Wollert active 3 years, 10 months ago

"Don’t have a FB account. Must be the only one in the universe….:) Anyone following ESB 5236 as it moves through the WA legislature? It is “an act relating to the uniform correction or clarification of defamation act.” Passed through [...]" · View
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    michelewollert posted an update in the group Local/Neighborhood Coverage:   4 years ago · View

    Olympia legislation news 2013-14 session:

    Here are 3 good reasons why our state should reject a Uniform Corrections and Clarifications Defamation Act (passed unanimously in the Senate and being considered now by the House). It should be rejected for these reasons:

    *The premise that this law will eliminate or limit litigation is illusory: the Act does not present a mechanism for determining the sufficiency of the correction published, a pivotal issue in determining what levels of damages may be sought by the defamed person subsequent to a timely publication. The courts will necessarily be embroiled in such determinations.

    *The Act does not recognize that defamation damages are often immediate, severe and non-economic as well as economic. An attorney is often engaged immediately at considerable expense. Even if the timely correction is deemed sufficient, the defamed person often will have suffered months of non-compensable injury (emotional distress, lowered reputation, family and friendship disruption, loss of standing in the community, failure of correction to reach significant members of the community, etc) and legal, perhaps even medical and/or mental health treatment, expense.

    *The Uniform Laws Commission made the Act available in 1993. The fact that only one State, North Dakota, has enacted it in the interim, speaks volumes. Despite it’s professed intention to aid individuals and institutions, the Act is tilted far more to the benefit of the very organizations that cause the harm in the first place by careless, circulation or ratings driven, and even malicious publications. The good that prompt, adequate correction can do should not be purchased by the loss of remedies for the real harms defamed persons suffer before the correction is published and while it works its way into the public mind.

    Thank you, JJW, for your informed and experienced guidance in helping me articulate what is wrong with this flawed bill. :)

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    michelewollert joined the group Local/Neighborhood Coverage   4 years ago · View

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    michelewollert posted an update:   4 years ago · View

    Don’t have a FB account. Must be the only one in the universe….:)

    Anyone following ESB 5236 as it moves through the WA legislature? It is ”an act relating to the uniform correction or clarification of defamation act.” Passed through the Senate unanimously and is now making its way through the House.

    Will it make it more difficult for plaintiffs to recover damages in defamation cases? Its major advocate is Bruce EH Johnson, who defends the press. The WA State Bar Association opposes it. I am attempting to make sense out of it:

    http://app.leg.wa.gov/m/cmd/Handler.ashx?MethodName=getdocumentcontent&documentId=xWlFcKeu4d8&att=false

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    michelewollert posted an update in the group Media Ethics:   4 years, 2 months ago · View

    The University of Washington’s School of Social Work has an excellent resource for ethical mental health best practices reporting that I think is worthy of sharing:

    http://depts.washington.edu/mhreport/

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      johnhamer · 4 years, 2 months ago

      Thanks for the comment, Michele. Sorry for the delayed response. We’re trying to shift more comments to our WNC Facebook page, which seems to get more traffic than our website. Appreciate your encouraging words! Hey, tomorrow is national ”TAO of Journalism — Transparent, Accountable & Open” Pledge Day. Go to our TAO website and check it out. Also, watch tomorrow’s Seattle Times for the first of a 3-part NIE series on the TAO concept. We hope to keep the WNC alive and well. But funding is a constant challenge. Donations welcome!

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    michelewollert posted an update:   4 years, 2 months ago · View

    The University of Washington’s School of Social Work has an excellent resource for ethical mental health best practices reporting that I think is worthy of sharing:

    http://depts.washington.edu/mhreport/

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