posted on Jul, 8 2003 @ 06:26 PM
Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
Untrue, Quango, if you are politically correct you can say anything and get away with it.
I think I agree w/ you - sort of.
Because if something is politically correct, that's another way of saying society doesn't have a problem w/ it and therefore the courts will protect
that (as it hurts no one).
- Or maybe I misunderstand what political correctness means?
However, I would argue that you can't be politically correct and verbally assault someone at the same time.
IOW, there's no politically correct way to phrase "I hope you get Aids and die" - it's verbal assault and the majority of people see it as such,
regardless of their views on 'the sodomites'.
Therefore, anyone who verbally assaults someone (as opposed to arguing/stating a position) should expect consequences. No?
And I mean verbally assault and not 'accidentally offend'; that's what the courts are there to decide - intent. And this was clearly a comment
made w/ malice, intended for abuse.
(So in my eyes) is he free to say it? Yes.
Is he free of potential consequences (in this case, a civil lawsuit)? No.
I would atleast let a lawsuit(by the caller) go forward to be determined in court.
And as far as NBC suing him (if that's true), I would expect them to win since he is quite possibly in breach of contract somehow (network lawyers
are crafty, I assume) and not to mention the damage to the network's rep- which could clearly be shown as interfering with their ability to make
money. (which is of course the new 1st commandment: Thou shalt not interfere with thy corporate neighbors' profits)