No wanting to defame anyone but …

I came across an story in the Sydney Morning Herald about an (alleged) defamation case.

Since I am not (allegedly) all that confident in the accuracy of what the media report and would not want to defame innocent reporters myself, I have changed the names of the participants to protect the (allegedly) innocent and also (alledgedly) used the word alledgedly a lot to ensure I am protected from (allegedly) being sued in any way for demation my (alledged) self.

Apparently “Tooth Hay Toon-Knight” from the Sven network reported on a poor old lady who was being cruelly thrown out of her accomodation at an old people’s home and was fighting back by chaining herself into her room.

But the retirement village sued for defamation and won on the grounds that

  • The old lady was not actually chaining herself to her room, and in fact the reporters had brought the chain with them to chain her to her bed for the filming; and
  • She was not being thrown out of the retirement village.

I am not sure if I found it funnier because

  • Some lame reporters without a story took a chain to an old people’s home to film a (allegedly) cantakerous old lady have a fight with an old people’s home, or
  • Some lawyer convinced channel Sven to take the matter all the way to court with such a poor sounding defence as “yep we made it up”. 

Maybe they were watching too many lame law shows where zany lawyers win undefendable cases by dressing as penguins or something.

PS – Please insert allegedly as appropriate to ensure no defamation occurs – I got sick of typing it.

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About James King

I coach organisations in how to better make use of the untapped talent they have in their people and to explore new ways of understanding and solving new and old problems I live in Sydney with my wife and daughter and have no real hobbies beyond the usual boring ones of reading, writing and watching tv.
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