A Happy Note in the Paper this morning!
In Iowa, one politician and political party have sued another politician and political party in state court and won. The suit claimed slander and libel based on inaccuracies flimsy facts and fanciful implications published in a political ad during the last election (The ad accused one candidate of selling harmful drugs to children). Both the politician and the party who sponsored the ad were assessed damages to the tune of $300,000. I would wish that damage awards for ridiculous implications and outright lies used in political ads would spread across the country into every congressional, presidential, governmental and dog catcher election until it starts hitting politicians right where they live, not in their conscience of which they apparently have none, but in their egos, their lack of ethics and their pocket books.
I don’t agree that political ads should be immune from prosecution for libel and slander simply because they are about public figures. Lying is lying whether it is through the use of incorrect facts or fanciful conclusions, there is nothing difficult about understanding what a lie is, unless you are a politician.
I don’t really care if Iowa has the first in the nation caucuses, but if it can be first in the nation to require truth in political ads and aid in calming down political rhetoric, then I will be very happy.
That would be something for Iowa to be proud of!