Tuesday, March 29, 2005

News Organizations that Repeated Swift Boat Vets Lies Could be Liable

Shortly after the election results of 2004 I wrote that Kerry's team should go after the Swift Boat Liars with a defamation suit. Now it appears there is legal precedence that could be used to form a case. On Monday the Supreme Court refused to shield the news media from being sued for accurately reporting a politician's false charges against a rival.

If Kerry hopes to regain his reputation and show he's a fighter I urge him or his team to bring a case against Fox News and other high profile news organizations who broadcast the wildly false accusations of the Swift Boat Liars around the clock for weeks during August. More than standing up for his own reputation a lawsuit could make it more difficult for future GOP false and disgustingly baseless attacks. -IFK Editor

Justices Refuse to Shield Reports of False Charges

In their appeal to the high court, lawyers for the paper said news organizations should be allowed to report what public figures say, regardless of whether it is true or false.

Otherwise, they said, for example, the press could not have reported last year on the charges lodged against Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth because Kerry's supporters said their charges were false.


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