If I simply made up facts in a newspaper story because I wanted to smear somebody, my newspaper and myself would face a lawsuit. It's hard for public officials to file such suits, because they have to prove malice rather than an honest mistake.
A few days ago when I got to work and checked my e-mail, I found a long press release from the Jennifer Brunner campaign, criticizing Lee Fisher, her opponent in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate.
The indictments of nine members of the Hutaree Christian militia group, who allegedly plotted to kill police officers, has focused attention on a large class of other people who have not committed any crimes and who don't deserve to be lumped in with an alleged terrorist group.
In "South Park: The Movie," Americans talking about their resentments against Canadians bring up singer Bryan Adams. The Canadian prime minister protests, "The Canadian government has apologized for Bryan Adams on numerous occasions."