Wednesday, May 3, 2017

#FireColbert isn't an option in a democracy

Stephen Colbert's monologue about Trump is getting a lot of attention. He certainly pulls no punches with his comedy and with his colorful metaphors––assuming they are actually metaphors.

It does raise an interesting question: how much can actually be said about a public figure, who is the president, without running afoul of libel or slander laws? Quite a lot.

Colbert isn't a deviant like Bill O'Reilly so the standard is a little different.

People need to accept that this is what free speech looks like; if they don't like it, then they can stop watching Colbert's show. Colbert Monologue

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