I was also able to prove in my case that I researched and verified every fact of the story - including the right to publish it and the method and technique TO PUBLISH it so that i would be protected under the law in case the owner of Bidzirk tried something malicious - which he did.
But my article wasn't rumor or especially unfettered critique. Apple rumormongers however I believe have been manipulating Apple Stock for years - critiquing Apple when it served them best in a "short sale market" like we are currently in and praising Apple when we are in a bull market - such as at the beginning of 2006.
Apple trades under the AAPL symbol.
This "rumor" has apparently set "blogger / citizen journalism" back substantially:
As reported by Slashdot:
On Friday [October 3 2008] someone posted a false rumor that Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack on CNN's unverified citizen journalism site, iReport. Apple's stock price went vertical, losing 9% before Apple stepped in and denied the rumor; the stock then recovered most of its loss. The SEC is investigating. PCWorld looks at the hit taken by citizen journalism as a result of this incident.
"[The] increasingly blurred line between journalism and rumor is a serious concern for Al Tompkins, the broadcast/online group leader at The Poynter Institute — a specialized school for journalists of all media forms. 'How could you possibly allow just anybody to post just anything under your [CNN] label unless you have blazing billboards that say, "None of this has been verified, we've not looked at any of this, we have no idea if this is true?"' he asks."