Who can I sue?
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That has been my question for most of the year. I am so tired of being lied to. Just to cut to the theme of this article, if any other profession or industry did to the American public what our media and politicians are doing now, we would be able to bring a law suit against them. I want to own the Republican National Convention, Fox News, and whatever station Rush Limbaugh is on. So, who can I sue?
It is my opinion that Americans are getting stupider. (Noticed that I used the word ‘opinion’ because it is a subjective statement without scientific proof.) We no longer value intelligence and facts. Instead we have a reality show mentality in our culture. People like Rush Limbaugh have moved the media from harbingers of truth to the pied pipers of lies. He is OK with drowning his listeners (who in this analogy are rats) in the ocean of stupidity, all the while laughing himself to the bank. On Monday, Rush attempted to link the National Hurricane Center’s forecast models to the President. “I’m not alleging conspiracies here. The Hurricane Center is the regime; the Hurricane Center is the Commerce Department. It’s the government. It’s Obama.” Now I cannot tell you what he was implying but I can say what was inferred. He may not be alleging a conspiracy but he is inferring one.
Please understand that I am a staunch supporter of freedom of speech. I fully believe that every dipshit, skinhead, neo-Nazi has the right to spout his or her opinion. I am against censorship in any form. But there is more to what Rush is doing. He did not phrase this as an opinion. Had he done that, I would have nothing to say. Instead the inference was that he was doing a Woodward and Bernstein and busting open a ‘not-conspiracy’. Or in other words, he was lying. He was making the populace dumber by his misinformation. If Rush dropped lead into the water and made us dumber, I could sue him. If he incited a riot and people got hurt, we could sue him. He pumps out lies for ratings which translate to sponsorship. In any other industry, lying for money is fraud and both a criminal and civil offense. So, who can I sue?
Can I sue the whole Republican National Convention or do I need to sue different people individually? Do I go after Rae Lynne Chornenky, President of the National Federation of Republican Women, who, in her speech at the Republican Convention, claimed that 850,000 women have lost their jobs under President Obama and that women lost 92 percent of all the jobs lost under the Obama administration? Both of these numbers are made up. (http://factcheck.org/2012/08/republican-retreads-from-tampa/) She lied to women to get them to vote for Romney. She made up facts because women’s issues are a huge part of this election. For many women this election comes down to controlling your vagina or selling it for money. And yes, I expect that if you are going to give a speech at an organization, you should check your facts. If my banker said that he could get me 25% return of my investment but the real number was 5%, I could sue him.
Can I sue the Romney campaign for running ads that say that Obama will gut welfare reform by dropping the work requirement even though it is not true? Look at FactCheck again. I am tired of being lied to and I want to sue someone.
I get that people will say a lot of stuff to get elected but even in advertising there are limits to what you can say. The Federal Truth in Advertising Laws delineate between puffery and fraud. Puffery is a subjective claim that cannot be proven. When Ann Romney talks about how she loves her husband that is puffery. It’s nice and sweet and not provable by any logical means. If the media and politicians where only puffing, I would have no problem. But when John Archer, the Republican Congressional Candidate for Iowa, said at the convention that “we’ll talk about getting government out from in between patients and their doctors by repealing Obamacare” when the law doesn’t regulate what doctors can and can’t do, or even which doctors patients can see, this is a misrepresentation of the truth. Lying to get a job is fraud. Lying to make money is fraud. If my neurosurgeon made up facts to perform surgery on me, I could sue. If my financial analyst pulled numbers out of his butt to get my business, I could sue.
So answer me, my legally savvy readers, who can I sue?
UPDATE: Can I sue Ryan? How bad is it that Fox News, who are generally immune to facts, said that Ryan’s Republican National Convention speech was an “attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations”?
(NOTE: We are linking back to Fox! My God, we have lost a little piece of our soul. Gonna go strap the dog to the top of the car…)