In politics, even extreme satire is considered fair comment. People who enter public life to pursue office or influence with a political party are treated legally under totally different rules than members of the general public, or entertainers seeking no political role. It may be fair to say that any degree of scorn, humiliation, abuse, personal innuendo, privacy invasion, is "fair game" when it targets a person seeking powerful positions, in particular political party leadership.

In the British tradition of parliamentary democracy, even in the time of King George III when Kings could still wage war on their own word, brutal scornful satire of the King's person was considered a normal part of free speech and the press contained political cartoons that today would probably be considered to be in bad taste or even hate speech, alluding for instance to the King's German ethnicity and preference for that language.

In modern Canadian usage, courts have held that political party leaders have no right whatsoever to respect, privacy, or any recourse under provincial libel or slander laws, when the matters on which they are challenged are in fact political. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms further protects freedom of expression - though it falls short of permitting the press to honestly expose accounting scandals by powerful business figures - see libel chill and Ontario libel law.