Of Slander, and Libel

Discussion in 'News / Current Events' started by Squire Robertsson, Jul 8, 2012.

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  1. Squire Robertsson

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    Jul 4, 2000
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    They are not:

    • a difference of opinion.

    • a difference of interpretation of facts.
    For example, I am a Republican in more or less the mold of Theodore Roosevelt. My father (who grew up on a farm during the Depression) is a New Deal Democrat. We have differences of opinion and interpretations of facts. Neither one of us thinks the other is a liar.

    Slander (from the American Heritage Dictionary):

    • Oral communication of false statements injurious to a person's reputation.
    • A false and malicious statement or report about a person.
    Further, Slander is verbal\oral. Libel involves defamation in other forms of communication, for example: the written word, images, or here on the Board.

    So, Slander is not:

    • Asking for proof of a statement.
    • Asking how an opinion was arrived at.
    • Responding to a comment based on a poster's previous posts on the same or other relevant threads.
    Please consider this from Wikipedia:


    In my experience, truth like chlorine bleach is the best for dealing with the stain of libel or slander.
  2. agedman

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    There are times when the foolishness of the fool is so self evident that declaration of truth is unnecessary and the hydrogen peroxide is not needed to remove the blood stains.

    However, slander is a difficult problem from which to build a defense much less overcome.

    For instance. How can one who is slandered as racist, defend against that statement.

    Just proclaiming the truth, is often not enough.

    Often public figures are slandered with no recourse of defense available.

    Sure, the truth is readily available, but slander is more enticing and more easily accompanied by other demeaning statements; the evil heart doesn't want to hear good except it be accompanied by an evil report. For example, the person saying, "Joe did a good job putting Henry in his place by calling him a racist."

    "I never did," doesn't answer the question, "Did you stop beating your wife?"

    The titillating will always attract the crowd, even without cause and the truth be known.
  3. LadyEagle

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    Great post - glad you made it a sticky. :thumbs:

    Lady Eagle
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