Is it slander to quote sources that you know intentionally misrepresent politicians?

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Is it slander to quote sources that you know intentionally misrepresent politicians?

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  2. No

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  1. Gold Dragon

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    Politics is obviously a very emotional and divisive topic as is religion. I understand when people post information that disparage the candidate that they oppose from dubious sources thinking that the information may be true. However is it the sin of slander when you know that the information is not true and you still post it?
     
  2. LadyEagle

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    Key word in your question is "know." But most times it is difficult to "know" what is true and is not true from the information superhighway.

    And sometimes people have a hunch (gut feeling/intuition/suspicion) even if they can't find documentation. So maybe you need more choices in your poll?
     
  3. Gold Dragon

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    I would say a hunch/gut feeling/suspicion, etc is not knowing. But your comments do raise a gray area.
     
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    Sorry.......
     
  5. NaasPreacher (C4K)

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    I voted no - I don't think it is slander, but it can do great harm to the poster's reputation as one who is truthful and honest.
     
  6. JamieinNH

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    I believe that is a great way of looking at it. It's doesn't cross the line of slander, but it does show a glipse of the poster posting such information... Espeically when you show them they are wrong and yet they continue to believe in what they posted...
     
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    Going to clarify this so it does not sound too judgemental. It does not mean to impugn one's character, but it does affect my perception of that person.

    We can tell very little about the actual person by anonymous postings on an internet discussion group.
     

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