Friday, March 19, 2004

Don't waste your words, they're just lies

The Christan Science Monitor has apologised and paid damages to George Galloway MP after it was established that the reports they printed claiming he had been paid millions of pounds by Saddam Hussein were a pile of crap. The CSM mealey-mouthed apology said it paid the money because Britain does not have the same "free press or free speech" protections as the US. What they mean is that if you print a pack of blatant lies that cannot be backed-up with a shred of evidence, you can actually be sued for it in the UK. Well, I'm not sure that we do have many of the 'rights' that US citizens have enshrined in their constitution, but this is one improvement we could do without.