There isn't much you can really do

Malik Deschamps - January 29 2007, 11:49 PM

Well the thing is in politics your oppenents usually don't care whether a story is true. They know a rumor though unfounded, is enough to destroy your career, if you don't know how to respond to it strategically.

It's true that you can sue major news networks and organizations for making untrue statements but you can't sue the average person.

No judge would hear the case. The average person can say anything he wants about you simply because your in public life. You can't strike back against society doing so usually makes it worst.

You can't risk angering voters.

Furthermore, suing is very risky for a politician you might win the case but still lose your political career.

No offense but you kinda think like a defense lawyer, in the legal system the prosecution must prove a person's guilt by providing evidence; the defense's job is merely to challenge the evidence.

But in political life the burden of proof rest on the accused.

It's your job to present yourself as a person of character and competence; while your opponents potray you differently.

It doesn't sound fair but that the game. A politician really cannot waste his time suing.

It can also make you look like you're just after money.

Haitians are not the only ones that use this trick.

You would be surprise to hear the things people are saying about Obama and Hillary Clinton.

I understand where you're coming from but political life has its own distinct rules.

It's not for the faint of heart.

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