It isn’t hard to imagine Senator Tom Barrasso or Yahoo columnist Edward Morrissey becoming, how shall we say it, irritated were this blog to claim that they were guilty of felonies. If I were to use this space to make the unequivocal statement that Barrasso was using his authority to route money into private accounts, or that Morrissey was embezzling millions from Yahoo, they might be tempted to legal action against me.
And why not; we have freedom of speech to be sure, but we have never had the unbridled license to specifically, carefully, and with no reservations call someone a crook without having proof.
Or maybe we do. Maybe in the new United States, freedom of speech means that anyone can say anything, regardless of validity, regardless of harm done, and get away with it…providing of course that they have better lawyers, more money, or their target has a reason to not file suit themselves.