Blogger wins rights as journalist in court battle

A South Carolinian blogger has won for all bloggers due to the judge ruling against the plaintiff’s attorney due to abusive practices. What’s definitely interesting is this bit:

“It’s not the format it’s the content and intention that make text journalism / reporting.”

Meanwhile, this doesn’t mean that you cannot be sued for defamation. It also doesn’t mean that you are not bound by rules and can go off on this, that or the other thing. However, it does say that bloggers can act as journalists even though it’s a different medium, and are protected as such. Critical reporting does not equate to defamation in this case. And because of it, it sets an incredible precedence.