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    Re: Rush Limbaugh Threatens To Sue Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    I disagree. Rush was not a political candidate, so he is not fair game in that manner. You can't take an "ambiguous" statement, then state it as fact in the manner you wish.

    Rush is a celebrity and political pundit, but he is not an elected public servant.
    I never claimed he was a political candidate. He is a public figure.


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    Re: Rush Limbaugh Threatens To Sue Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    You cannot slander another person, period. So long as what they are saying is true, they can certainly say what they want, but I think in this case, they've overstepped the line and accused him of something that they cannot show is factually true. Now I think Limbaugh is an ass but even asses can get slandered.
    You may want to look at the laws covering national elections and what is stated by a politician on both the House and Senate floor. Politicians and candidates for federal office have a certain level of immunity from tort laws. Especially while speaking on the floor of either house of Congress. But, it also applies to political advertisements regarding a political opponent.

    That's why we see Truth Meters and the like. If they could be sued by other candidates or politicians, there would be no need for Truth Meters.

    The reason for the immunity, is to keep political debate from being quashed by suit after suit for what a politician says.
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    Re: Rush Limbaugh Threatens To Sue Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Rush Limbaugh Threatens To Sue DCCC | The Daily Caller



    Politics aside, does he have a case?
    "Politics aside"? You're joking right? I don't think that's possible with someone like Rush. Those who dislike him will say he has no case, and those who like him will say he does.

    I will say that it is extremely difficult for a public figure to win any kind of libel or defamation suit.
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    Re: Rush Limbaugh Threatens To Sue Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    "In Price v. Stossel, the court held that, if a party accurately quotes ‘a statement actually made by a public figure, but presents the statement in a misleading context, thereby changing the viewer’s understanding of the speaker’s words,’ that constitutes defamation.”"
    That is why I brought up the ambiguity of Rush's statement--formed as a question.


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    Re: Rush Limbaugh Threatens To Sue Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

    Quote Originally Posted by 1750Texan View Post
    That is why I brought up the ambiguity of Rush's statement--formed as a question.

    Full context. There was nothing ambiguous about it:


    ""Consent must be freely given, can be withdrawn at any time, and the absence of 'no' does not mean 'yes.' How many of you guys, in your own experience with women, have learned that 'no' means 'yes' if you know how to spot it? Let me tell you something. In this modern world, that is simply not tolerated. People aren't even gonna try to understand that one. I mean, it used to be said it was a cliche. It used to be part of the advice young boys were given. See, that's what we gotta change. We have got to reprogram the way we raise men. Why do you think permission every step of the way, clearly spelling out 'why'... are all of these not lawsuits just waiting to happen if even one of these steps is not taken?"
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    Re: Rush Limbaugh Threatens To Sue Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

    Quote Originally Posted by 1750Texan View Post
    I never claimed he was a political candidate. He is a public figure.
    Public figures are protected in this respect however. You can call him whatever name you want and build a show around it, but you can't claim that he said something he didn't say in a political ad, especially if he's not running for anything.

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    Re: Rush Limbaugh Threatens To Sue Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Public figures are protected in this respect however. You can call him whatever name you want and build a show around it, but you can't claim that he said something he didn't say in a political ad, especially if he's not running for anything.
    Rush's use of the phrase "no means yes" probably puts this soundly in the Gray Area.

    But I'm not a lawyer.
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: Rush Limbaugh Threatens To Sue Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    Full context. There was nothing ambiguous about it:


    ""Consent must be freely given, can be withdrawn at any time, and the absence of 'no' does not mean 'yes.' How many of you guys, in your own experience with women, have learned that 'no' means 'yes' if you know how to spot it? Let me tell you something. In this modern world, that is simply not tolerated. People aren't even gonna try to understand that one. I mean, it used to be said it was a cliche. It used to be part of the advice young boys were given. See, that's what we gotta change. We have got to reprogram the way we raise men. Why do you think permission every step of the way, clearly spelling out 'why'... are all of these not lawsuits just waiting to happen if even one of these steps is not taken?"
    This is what I and most likely everyone else is referring to.

    You see that little ambiguous...not quite a statement...asked as a question...statement.


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    Re: Rush Limbaugh Threatens To Sue Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    Full context. There was nothing ambiguous about it:


    ""Consent must be freely given, can be withdrawn at any time, and the absence of 'no' does not mean 'yes.' How many of you guys, in your own experience with women, have learned that 'no' means 'yes' if you know how to spot it? Let me tell you something. In this modern world, that is simply not tolerated. People aren't even gonna try to understand that one. I mean, it used to be said it was a cliche. It used to be part of the advice young boys were given. See, that's what we gotta change. We have got to reprogram the way we raise men. Why do you think permission every step of the way, clearly spelling out 'why'... are all of these not lawsuits just waiting to happen if even one of these steps is not taken?"
    How can anyone, in good conscious, extract from that comment what the DNCC is claiming Rush said, and look in the mirror? They might as well have called him a rapist.

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    Re: Rush Limbaugh Threatens To Sue Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

    Quote Originally Posted by 1750Texan View Post
    This is what I and most likely everyone else is referring to.

    You see that little ambiguous...not quite a statement...asked as a question...statement.


    you have to take the whole statement, no where did he advocate rape, and by removing the context you change the meaning.
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