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SCANDAL. A scandalous verbal report or rumor respecting some person.
     2. The remedy is an action on the case.
     3. In chancery practice, when a bill or other pleading contains scandal, it will be referred to a master to be expunged, and till this has been done, the opposite party need not answer. 3 Bl. Com. 342. Nothing is considered scandalous which is positively relevant to the cause, however harsh and gross the charge may be. The degree of relevancy is not deemed material. Coop. Eq. Pl. 19; 2 Ves. 24; 6 Ves. 514, 11 Ves. 626; 15 Ves. 477; Story Eq. Plo. Sec. 269 Vide Impertinent.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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They wanted some institution free and loose in society -- even a rumor-ridden, scandal-mongering, gossip-plauged, partisan, political press.
We see Thad surprised by the feminine furniture usually assigned the first lady, distressed when the nation's business interrupts his canoodling with his wife, and irked that after a successful business career he's now facing at least four years of being "an absolute nothing." Yet, after some bumbling, he's the movie's hero, stopping a scandal-mongering senator trying to bring down the president.
The president, his wife and the Archbishop all felt obliged to issue statements responding to Phileleftheros' scandal-mongering. It was a mistake as they had done nothing irregular or illegal.
"The press has engaged in a horrific exercise in scandal-mongering, replete with rumours and lurid commentaries which are all aimed at one thing - to sell more TV time and newspaper space to advertisers.
The market for serious news is shrinking and scandal-mongering along with the bloggers mad partisan news outlets may appear to the more respectable media as the only way to bring it back.
ALL that scandal-mongering looks like it might finally have dented Brand Beckham.
Henderson, not a man given to putting up his dukes to the media, was barely back through customs following a holiday in Barbados before he revealed he had something to declare on the subject, accused the whiskery one of "scandal-mongering" and, when asked if he planned to take legal action, offered up the classically orthodox retort: "I have been advised to make no comment at this stage."
The Bush administration also enjoys broader leeway because it is free of the "vast right-wing conspiracy"--the subsidized scandal-mongering, talk radio, and attack journalism that has no equivalent on the left to fetishize White's travails as conservatives did those of Vince Foster and Webster Hubbell.
Spirited to New York City, the well-intentioned doofus instantly becomes Gotham's most eligible bachelor as well as the target of the scandal-mongering TV show "Inside Access," whose shameless host and boss, Mac McGrath (Jared Harris), sends his babelicious reporter, Babe Bennett (Winona Ryder), "undercover" to get the goods on the maladroit Mandrakian.
David Madden, executive vice president of Fox TV Pictures, told a trade newspaper in Los Angeles he was worried "because any time you go near celebrities of that ilk it terrifies you that you're going to do something that will feel exploitative or just tabloidish or scandal-mongering".
While his words at her funeral understandably did not address the current sorry state of the news business in this day of mass media mergers, bottom-line mentality, cheapness and playing to the lowest common denominator, of gossip and scandal-mongering, implicitly they spoke to that condition.
In 1994 Philippe Alexandre, the journalist who revealed the existence of President Mitterand's daughter, implied that this French tradition was threatened by increasing anglicization and that papers such as the German-owned Voici had given new life to the scandal-mongering press (La Croix, 5 November 1994, p.