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View Diary: What Voter Suppression Looks Like in Ohio: Fox News' Attacks on Vote from Home (Updated with Video) (298 comments)

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  •  "Qualified" being the operative word. (1+ / 0-)
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    A press outlet that calls someone a criminal, when they are not and that press outlet knows they are not, there is no protection.  That is why most press outlets use the word "alleged" until someone is actually convicted.

    "I'm just sayin... don't bring that horse in here!" -- Cassandra

    by tc59 on Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 09:06:03 AM PDT

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    •  That's not the law (0+ / 0-)

      New York Times v. Sullivan holds that there must be malice, defined as the reckless disregard for the truth or falsity of a defamatory statement. Newspapers say alleged as to distinguish between being accused of a crime and convicted of it, but there's nothing magic about the word "alleged."  

      If Fox said they had been convicted of voter fraud, than, yes that probably passes Sullivan, but saying they committed voter fraud, probably does not. Given that they weren't actually allowed to vote in Ohio, I fail to see how that is reckless disregard for the truth.

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