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Political lies need to be fact checked in a way that bridges different political truths, not silences them

Dovi, Suzanne (2014) Political lies need to be fact checked in a way that bridges different political truths, not silences them. LSE American Politics and Policy (03 Jul 2014). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

In June, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List organization which had challenged the legality of an Ohio law that banned candidates from lying during political campaigns. Given the prevalence of lies in politics, does the practice need to be protected by law? Suzanne Dovi writes that given how effective lies can be, Americans may be tempted to turn to government to make their politicians more honest. She argues that this temptation should be resisted, as lies can be necessary, such as in matters of state security. Banning political lying, she says, would also prevent us from doing more to bridge the seemingly irreconcilable differences between those of different political opinions who often have deep disagreements over what is true.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2014 10:32
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 15:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58996

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