Gossip can sometimes have dreadful consequences. Gossiping about people is just like sniping - you hid in a bush and shoot at him or her from a distance - which , in most cases, is an act of cowardice.
I have once witnessed such a sordid event myself. A few years ago when we were having a general election, two candidates were running for the mayoralty of our city. The incumbent, a gentleman much respected by the people, led the race until three days before the vote. Then rumors about his graft, corruption, and extramarital affairs etc., began to circulate. People were suddenly gossiping about his secret bank accounts overseas and his covert relationships with a few female film stars. The (so-called) Ministry of Justice, which to this day is still largely controlled by the party of his rival, added the last straw by announcing that they were issuing a warrant to detain some of his aides for investigation. The incumbent eventually lost the election, to the grief of many people who loved him. And as truth finally unveiled, all the accusations against him were proved fictitious, invented just to smear him by a scoundrel in close collaboration with a political party who sought nothing but to remain in power. And the one who got elected as mayor by such ignoble means also proved, a few years later, to be the worst one we’ve ever had. To our dismay and anger, not only was he corrupt, but he was even closely related with several criminal tycoons.