A blogger using the Nom de Plum “Johnny Northside” was found liable for $60,000 regarding allegations he made about University of Minnesota employee and community leader Jerry Moore. In the blog Mr. Moore was linked to a mortgage fraud at a time when he had been hired by the University of Minnesota to study mortgage foreclosures. Here is the kicker, the allegations in the blog were ALL TRUE. As a result of these true allegations, Mr. Moore was terminated by the University of Minnesota. Evidently not liking the truth, Mr. Moore turned around and sued Johnny Northside alleging that the blog had “intentionally inflicted emotional distress,” and a jury awarded Mr. Moore $60,000 at trial. Unbelievable.
One of the disintegrating values in America today is the concept of personal responsibility. Nowhere is that disintegration more clearly seen than in a verdict in which someone linked to Mortgage Fraud whines to a court that the truth hurt his feelings AND WINS!!!
It is my understanding that journalistic associations across America and stepping in to participate in the appeal of this case. Hopefully this miscarriage of justice will be overturned preventing a whining baby from recovering for having his feelings hurt over the truth – and by the way, a truth directly relevant to the job for which he was hired.