Free speech vs. paid speech

Two of the most prominent examples are the anti-Bush movie “Fahrenheit 9/11” by Michael Moore, and the anti-Kerry TV ads put out by the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth (SBVT), funded in large part by Texan Bob Perry. The objectivity of both attacks is subject to question.
There will always be attacks in political campaigns. Some attacks will be truthful; others won’t. But the last thing we need is government regulation telling us which attacks are true, and which aren’t. The responsibility for sorting out the truth – and the difference between free speech and purchased speech – ultimately lies with each individual citizen.
Mr. Moore’s movie is closer to the spirit of the First Amendment while Mr. Perry’s big-money contributions distort the concept of free speech.

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