Friday, May 24, 2013

Willingly throwing yourself into the public eye has its consequences.

I had a conversation with a friend recently regarding a guy who expressed his disdain about a comment containing alleged "unsubstantiated information" that was written in response to a published news human interest story about him.

My response is simple. Willingly throwing yourself into the public eye has its consequences. With the attention and the spotlight, comes the possibility of scrutiny. There's always that chance someone out there is going to read what's written about you and want to comment on it in a way that you don't like.  If someone makes a statement about you and it meets the state's requirement for libel or slander, then you can take legal action but if it doesn't, then you can either live with it or choose to challenge alleged false information with the truth, because the truth never lies.

However, if the statement made about you is true and it can be corroborated and substantiated, the last thing you want to do is indulge in threats and harassment. Sometimes it's probably best to just let it go and move on so as not to make a total ass of yourself.

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