the extremists/ be careful

Stanley A. Gorodenski stanlep at
Mon Jan 22 19:04:37 EST 2001

> and violation of these rights is wrong.  If you want to say:  'The guy is a
> complete goof,' or some such comment, that is not actionable because it is
> merely your opinion, will be interpreted as such, and is not slander.  If
> you state that someone has been formally indicted, and you have proof that
> this is true, then that is fact and not actionable.  In contrast, as soon
> as you use a medical diagnosis as an epithet you have strayed beyond
> opinion and into something that must be supported with facts or else it
> could be considered slander.  It's simply safer, not to mention more
> courteous to everyone, to keep language both precise and pleasant.
What if a person said "in my _opinion_, the person is paranoic and
psychotic".  Would that be still considered slander by qualifying it as
my own 'opinion'?
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