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  •  Nah (none)
    First off, it's not possible to commit libel against a public figure (well, if I understand case law correctly)

    Second, Matthews is more likely to have taken payoffs for some sort of favorable reporting, which is shady, but probably legal.

    "Our country right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right" - Carl Schurz

    by RBH on Tue Jan 03, 2006 at 10:07:39 PM PST

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    •  Well, today he said he'd like to see (4.00)
      anyone who did that prosecuted.  

      Lending your name to a charity event means very little by itself.  Nonprofits need names to attract other ticket buyers and to build the event's prestige.  Some really support the charity, but they are the exception.  (Like Ed Begley, Jr. - pays for his own tickets, gets the issues, walks the walk.  He's so rare.)

      It's a tiresome and fraudulent practice, but it's really, really typical for an event's luminaries to know virtually nothing about the organization itself.  

      There's an ethically challenged event planner named Aaron Tonkin in jail right now who wrangled dozens of celebrities to Hollywood events - and most of them just wanted to be at the right party and do something nice at the same time.  

      Matthews has fallen in my estimation these last few years, but I'm withholding judgment on this one until there's more.

      Are we still routinely torturing helpless prisoners, and if so, does it feel right that we as American citizens are not outraged by the practice? -Al Gore

      by soyinkafan on Tue Jan 03, 2006 at 10:22:02 PM PST

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    •  of course it's possible (none)
      It's just that the threshold is higher -- you have to know you're telling a falsehood.

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