Monday, June 13, 2005


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At 2:13 PM, Blogger Alec Brandon said...

Any website that has the headline, "Ed Klein says Bill raped Hillary" is not worth anyones time.

-Mr. Alec

At 2:35 PM, Blogger Kyle said...

Try reading liberal opinions too, you could use a little diversity to help expand your incredibly narrow mind.

At 9:57 PM, Blogger Alec Brandon said...

Trying to read intelligent people that talk about significant issues.

-Mr. Alec

At 10:21 AM, Blogger Nick Speth said...

Mr. Alec, C'mon don't people like feminist author and activist Catherine MacKinnon claim that ALL heterosexual intercourse in our male-dominated society is rape? I mean... okay maybe not.

I agree that the story on GOPinion is a little extreme, but you do need to keep in mind that they're reporting Klein's allegations, which though probably untrue and slanderous, are newsworthy. You don't accuse a former President of rape without turning some heads.

At 10:38 AM, Blogger Alec Brandon said...

No, that is not newsworthy. It has shock value, it would help sell a tabloid, but is of no significance what so ever.

-Mr. Alec

At 6:34 PM, Blogger SinaMoravej said...

No it probably wasn't even true. It was stupid bull made up to attack the ex president because conservatives have nothing to use against him other than "he has no morals"

At 7:58 PM, Blogger Commander Mike said...

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At 1:38 PM, Blogger Nick Speth said...

Alec, your point about having better things to read than rumor mongering is well taken. I'd disagree with your suggestion that this isn't newsworthy. The fact that a guy like Klein would make such an assertation is newsworthy because of its absurdity.

I guess my point is that the news is in the allegation, but as for the charge itself, it's silly and nothing really to worry about.

If someone does believe this, it's because they have so low an opinion of Bill that they'd believe anything negative I say about him without proof. Anyone with an open mind would dismiss this. No harm no foul.

At 1:39 PM, Blogger Nick Speth said...

note: my first post on this thread should have read "untrue and probably slanderous."

At 8:22 PM, Blogger Commander Mike said...

Can Republicans use a color scheme that isn't red, white, and blue?

I mean, it's not like their target audience will think, "Ooh, these guys are AMERICAN! They must be right!"

...on second thought...

At 9:09 PM, Blogger Alec Brandon said...

I don't know if it is newsworthy or not, unless we had a definition of newsworthy. What I do know is that it is utterly insignificant, I do not care about Bill and Hillaries sex life, I don't care if Ed Klein, Bill O'Reilly, or Republican Dan said these, it is still something I do not care about. Granted if Tony Blair made the allegation, it would probably be newsworthy, but Ed Klein being desperate for attention...just does not do it for me.

-Mr. Alec

At 4:53 AM, Blogger Republican Dan said...

Then don't read it. I do not care whether you care or not. Stop whining.

At 8:27 AM, Blogger Commander Mike said...

Then why write this blog?

Pretending to be apathetic has been used countless times by people much, much smarter than you. It didnt work for them, either.

At 5:31 PM, Blogger Nick Speth said...

Except we're not talking about his "sex life" we're talking about allegations of rape! That's not "sex life."

As far as newsworthiness goes, I can help you out there, as a recovering Journalism major (since changed, journalism wasn't for me after all), let me tell you the five factors in determining newsworthiness.

1. Timing: Obviously a story is more newsworthy when it happens today than, say, five years ago.

2. Significance: How does this impact your audience? How many people are impacted?

3. Proximity: How close is the story to your base of readership? (On a worldwide site, it's less a consideration).

4. Prominence: If I get arrested for possesion of marijuana, it's not a big story, but if my MAYOR gets arrested on the same charge, it's a big story.

5. Human Interest: ... basically you can ignore the others if it makes the average mother cry.

Obviously allegations of this sort score high in prominence, and that's the main reason I suggest it's newsworthy.

HOWEVER, it's important to note that anyone forwarding this on must do some fact checking before repeating it as news. Repeating the slander as fact is a new slander under the law. Except that under NY Times v. Sullivan, a news outlet must show "actual malice" or "reckless disregard for the truth" in order to be liable in libel suits brought by public persons.

So all in all, I suppose I agree with you that this probably shouldn't be brought forward.

At 11:09 PM, Blogger Clayton said...

Thanks for the link. I'll bookmark it on my dailies.


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