Quite a few of us immediately suggested that Dale needed to sue. Falsely calling someone a pedophile is among the most serious libels. It is libel per se. When Ford reaffirmed his words, Dale had no choice but to sue.
In so doing, they have (a) signalled they intend to do nothing, or (b) seriously undermined any case they may bring to the court.
Either way, Ford has won.
For Dale, who is an excellent journalist, it will mean his name and “pedophile” will live in the Internet ether forever. If he thinks the haters in Ford Nation won’t now repeat their hero’s words ad nauseum, ad infinitum, he’s dreaming in technicolour.
For the Star, they have lost an opportunity to stand by their writer – and to show all their staff that they will not let scumbags like Ford destroy a fine reporter’s reputation with impunity. In effect, they have implied that it is open season on journalists.
Like I say, Dale may sue now, but it’s likely too late. If you are going to sue, and if you are serious, always let your lawyer do the talking. Don’t turn it into a meeting of the fucking debate club.
Dale, and the Star, didn’t. And that’s a real shame.