Why satire is dead

How do you defame a Las Vegas stripper and adult film actress?

defamation: the act of communicating false statements about a person that injure the reputation of that person

Usually one defames someone by falsely alleging they engaged in disreputable behavior, but Fox News is reporting that Stormy Daniels has filed a lawsuit against President Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen because he accused her of lying about having an affair with Trump.

“It was reasonably understood Mr. Cohen meant to convey that Ms. Clifford is a liar,” Fox quoted the complaint as saying. “Mr. Cohen made the statement knowing it was false or had serious doubts about the truth of the statements.”

Fox also quotes from a statement reportedly signed by Daniels in January:

“I recently became aware that certain news outlets are alleging that I had a sexual and/or romantic affair with Donald Trump many, many, many years ago. I am stating with complete clarity that this is absolutely false. My involvement with Donald Trump was limited to a few public appearances and nothing more. When I met Donald Trump, he was gracious, professional and a complete gentleman to me and EVERYONE in my presence.”

Satire is dead when the truth is more outrageous.

What reputation is there to damage?

Stormy Daniels (AP pix)

7 comments on “Why satire is dead

  1. Anonymous says:

    Does she remind anyone else of Ivanka?

    Maybe it was the application of the rolled up magazine that clinched it?

  2. Steve says:

    Totally possible to defame a porn star.

    Think! Then understand why I don’t detail how.

  3. Vernon Clayson says:

    Whether true or not it makes no difference to the general population, it’s purported to have happened in 2006, 11 years before his presidency so it should have no influence now. What would really be interesting would be if some woman popped up and said she had a quickie with Obama. That would answer some questions about him.

  4. Rincon says:

    I got a laugh out of Trump’s lawyer claiming that the $130,000 came out of his pocket and that he didn’t even tell Trump. I wonder if I could get this lawyer to work for me!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I wonder whether republicans see the infidelity of a man, that gets spanked by a porn star he thought reminded him of his daughter, while his wife was pregnant with their child, as evidence of the family values they claim as being so important, can be overlooked with recognizing the hypocrisy of that view.

    I guess the recent (and upcoming mid-term) elections will give us some insight.

  6. Steve says:

    John Ensign got booted for cheating on his wife while she was ill with cancer.
    But, this was just as he was deciding to run for President and not ten years prior to even considering it. Moreover, Trump did all the harassment when he was a Democrat. Funny, huh? Once he changed party to Republican, he stopped harassing women!

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