Should truth in advertising laws apply to political speeches and commentary?

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Should the truth in advertising laws apply to political speeches and commentary?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. uscitizen
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    And please say why you feel the way you do.
     
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    How would this work, uscitizen? If a candidate claims to be a better person to run an office, how would we measure the veracity of his or her statements?
     
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    If they tell falsehoods they would be fined, jailed, whatever.
    Just like a manufacturer making false claims about their product.
    Political ads and pundits are also selling the american people a product and if they lie they should be penalized.

    Say a politician says they voted one way on something and it is not true. Or they make a false claim about their education, etc.

    Or they keep repeating things proven false.
    Such as Iraq was responsible for 911.
    Or Obamas India trip cost 200 mill per day.
    Or Bush was a cokehead (not proveable).
    etc.

    Currently political ads and such are specifically exempt from the truth in advertising laws. Hmm one has to wonder why.

    I think this one law change would remove a lot of the hate and fear mongering from the media.
     
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    You're confusing Free Speech with Truth in Advertising Laws.
     
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    You dun think the law of slander and defamation is enough?
     
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    JScott I check facts.

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    Free speech is so you can express your view or opinion. It does not give you the ability to lie.
     
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    JScott I check facts.

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    I voted yes. Im for honesty. If we want a democracy that works then people need to know the facts. There is more than one way to look at facts but when lies enter in, facts become non-facts.
     
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    No. The problem with that is the truth can be subjective, particularly in political campaigns. When you get into the political realm the truth at many times is in the eyes of the beholder.
     
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    how so?
     
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    JScott I check facts.

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    And a lie is a lie.
     
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