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TMF Max said; The Internet hasn't changed the right to defend your reputation in that manner, as far as I know.

Bill, I think that after the long ordeal the nation endured during the Paula Jones case and Clinton's impeachment hearings, the words Libel and Slander were almost rendered obsolete. President Clinton was widely accused in the media of being a liar, a pervert, a criminal and even a murderer. On CNBC's Geraldo program, guest Ann Coulter insisted the President had Peronni's disease and because she was sure he had it, Paula Jones could identify him. The President had to go to his physician to prove he didn't, and that still didn't satisfy her! Coulter, a constitutional attorney and dozens of others in the media and legal profession made many slanderous statements aimed at Clinton and have never been called to defend themselves in a libel or slander suit to this day. Voicing such libel and slander aimed at the President on a daily basis, could have rubbed off on a large segment of our population. I'm not just talking about the Elan Eleven because their statements were mild compared to what I have seen written about other posters, politicians, journalists, analysts and TV pundits all over the net.

So, I have to lay a lot of the blame on the media, not Yahoo as some have suggested, because if you can say and write such strong statements, some of which were proven false, about an American President, calling an analyst goofy, a loser or even evil seem rather mild. Also, remember NONE of Elan Eleven's comments were copyrighted or sent to the media for dissemination. As one poster said...board postings are more like cocktail party discussions and all statements should be considered the author's opinion unless otherwise noted.

Keep Foolish and Prosper,

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