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“If I were Breitbart, right now I’d probably be on my second bottle of champagne,” said Mr. Cox, who said that since bloggers thrive on publicity, there will be much “envy” of him.

Mrs. Sherrod also must prove financial harm, and Mr. Cox, who has dealt with many media lawsuits, noted that she has already been offered her job back. “I don’t see how she’s going to be able to show financial harm when she’s actually making money on this,” he said.