A U.S. District Court judge ruled against a blogger who wrote blog entries that were critical of the Obsidian Finance Group, to the tune of a $2.5 million fine. The court decided that writing a blog entry doesn’t classify you as a journalist and consequently doesn’t fall under Oregon’s media shield laws. The judge considered the entry as defamation because it could be construed to be factual.

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Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit


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