"Our moral and intellectual superiors" is how Kathy Shaidle refers to journalists when they do something really stupid.
When Sarah Palin tweeted
The publishing world is LEAKING out-of-context excerpts of my book w/out my permission? Isn`t that illegal?MT @C4Palin http://bit.ly/cD6DOQ 6:10 PM Nov 18th via Twitter for BlackBerry ®
There was an immediate response from people who either constitute the "great and good" American intelligentsia, or think they do.
David Frum said
RT @SarahPalinUSA: The publishing world is LEAKING out-of-context excerpts of my book w/out my permission? Isn`t that illegal?/ ACTUALLY: NO 6:14 PM Nov 18th via TweetDeck
African-American blogger Oliver Willis tweeted
sarah palin thinks leaking book excerpts is illegal. sweet jesus, she aint quick. http://gaw.kr/b2xzS2 4:13 PM Nov 19th via web
In the spirit of Maureen Dowd, I`m going to imagine that these tweets would have been followed by the words "You stupid woman!" if not for the 140 character limit.
And while Frum has a lot of really bright thoughts about torts, contract law and the Harper v. Nation case, and Oliver Willis is not nearly as clear-thinking, a Federal Judge, who granted an injunction against the bloggers who published the leak, and the lawyers at HarperCollins say they`re both wrong, and Palin, whose moral instincts are pretty reliable, was right. [Gawker, HarperCollins resolve copyright suit over Palin’s book, New Statesman, November 24, 2010]
This is not the New York Times publishing national security secrets, or libeling someone, both protected under the First Amendment—this was a plain case of theft and copyright violation.
And the "Great and good" could have figured that out if they hadn`t been blinded by hate.