Demaestro - 11:39 pm on Dec 7, 2011 (gmt 0)
what standards would you expect from such folks about getting their facts straight?
The same standard as anyone else who is claiming to be a journalist, and I will add that it should be a higher standard than the one the National Inquirer puts on it's "journalists".
"Journalists" at The Inquirer live in a loop hole. What they do is, when someone calls in and says they saw something, (for example a women giving birth to a vampire baby) then the Inquirer will publish the story... they have a strict policy of not following up with the source. They don't want to confirm stories because they don't care if they are true or not. If they get in trouble for publishing a lie they simply say "We had a tip from a source, we are reporting what the source said"
If so called journalists at the Inquirer can knowingly lie just because they got a tip from a source they they never follow up on then why can't this lady? I don't think this system of blindly reporting what a source told you is a good thing. I am not even arguing that this woman shouldn't have a judgment against her.
I am saying she is a journalist and the court making a ruling that she isn't is ridiculous when publications like the Inquirer do this daily for massive profits on a large scale.
How many celebs have sued tabloid publications like the Inquirer and failed because of this loop hole? Lots, some have prevailed, many haven't.
I think what this women did is much less offensive then most things I see in those rags.