Wired PR News.com — As reported by the Seattle Times, Democratic Senator Kay Hagan said she would seek a cease and desist order against Republican opponent Elizabeth Dole for a negative political ad that depicts Hagan as “Godless” if Dole refused to pull the ads. Dole has so far refused.
Ads this year have been deemed by many as more negative than those of the past, including several that have been aimed at Barack Obama, claiming he was connected with terrorists due to his limited association with activist Bill Ayers. Dole’s ad shows a picture of Hagan along with an altered depiction of her voice stating, “There is no God”. The voice is not that of Hagan, but it can easily be seen as such. Although Hagan has said the ads have damaged her reputation because she is an elder in the Presbyterian church and has been a Sunday school teacher, its possible she may get no relief from the courts.
Free speech laws make it almost impossible to hold someone liable for statements made against political figures. The burden of proof is on the plaintiff. But as a matter of conscious, many question whether political figures should strive more to be honest and ethical.