Maybe it has to do with "privilege": ANY DEFAMATORY STATEMENT THAT CAN'T BE PROVEN TRUE AND WASN'T TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM A PUBLIC RECORD OR GOVERNMENT PROCEEDING HAS TO BE CONSIDERED DANGEROUS TO PRINT.
In writing about trials and arrests, make sure you check the record. Before the person is found guilty, always use words like "alleged" or "accused." In America, everyone is considered innocent before proven guilty.
Associated Press Style and Libel Guide.
You are right, it is EXTREMELY difficult to find slander or libel on a public person, including politicians. Curious situation. Both sides have legal teams. Where's a lawyer when you need one--- to explain this! ;)
posted on 08/05/2004 1:47:03 PM PDT
(“John Kerry has fought harder for the Vietnamese communists than he fought against them in Vietnam.”)
There is a simple way to tell whether Kerry is telling the truth or not!
Read Christmas in Cambodia
If Nixon was president in 1968 (which he wasn't) then Kerry is a liar - it's that simple!
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