Hi there, friendly readers. I have another part of what’s quickly becoming the action/adventure/drama of 2008. This installment features, as does the original, a particularly humorous email and plenty of commentary. Let’s start right away! Below is a direct quote of today’s tasty morsel of fun:
I had the chance to visit your husbands blog today. I found it very interesting. I will be seeing you once again only this time in court. We will be suing you for slander.
Let’s take a peak just real quick to our old friend, Mr. Webster, for some clarity on this particular word: slander.
- Main Entry:
- Middle English sclaundre, slaundre, from Anglo-French esclandre, alteration of escandle, from Late Latin scandalum stumbling block, offense — more at scandal
- 14th century1 : the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another’s reputation 2 : a false and defamatory oral statement about a person — compare libel
This tells us a few revealing bits of info. #1 utterance, meaning spoken or verbal. #2 False charges or misrepresentation, nothing in my previous post said anything that was false or a misrepresentation. It was my opinion of the situation. #2 is also covered in the 2nd definition given, as well as #1.
Explain to me, please, how could one person’s personal blog existing only to entertain, inform and share my thoughts and opinions be misconstrued as something that may appear on a major news channel’s webpage or in a major newspaper’s articles? If I wrote this as a news piece and it was published by CNN.com or Deseret News, certainly I would be putting myself up for extra scrutiny and most likely some legal actions. And again, this is written, not spoken.
One final note… If Rachel would not have signed into her email Sunday evening, Wyatt could have been in serious physical danger. We would have had no idea that he would have been stranded. We would have assumed that he was safe and sound at Castleland Academy (in American Fork, UT; in which you should NEVER consider enrolling your children). He could have been hurt, kidnapped, anything. So, for all intents and purposes, it should really be us filing suit.
I am done. Please don’t try to play the victim.