Australian court rules against top blogger

News from Michelle Malkin of a dismaying verdict against Andrew Bolt (see my  blog roll) Australia's pre-eminent conservative blogger. I emailed an old Sydney friend, a  veteran journalist and  a staunch conservative, about it. He writes: "The worst aspect, for me, apart from feeling utterly outraged, is that "law" deems that hurt feelings are now more important than statements of fact. Even worse, I feel fearful about the truly sinister, Orwellian implications of this decision. Hopefully Bolt will appeal."