The Mayor of Munchkinland, Little Danny Snyder, filed a lawsuit against the City Paper on Wednesday. The lawsuit is seeking $2 million in general damages plus unspecified punitive damages for libel and defamation of character. This whole situation stems from an article that the City Paper published back in November of last year call The Cranky Redskins Fan’s Guide to Dan Snyder. This article is an alphabetical listing of the many failures of Dannyboy as the owner of the Skins and is actually a really funny read.
The lawsuit states that”
A tabloid newspaper is not entitled to employ lies, half-truths, innuendo and anti-Semitic imagery to smear, malign, defame, and slander….
After reading this first sentence of the lawsuit I just had to go read that City Paper article again to see where the article went down the road of Antisemitism. I couldn’t find it. I had to actually go and search for some explanation and what I found really shocked me. It was all about the picture at the top of the article. The picture where someone turned Snyder into the devil is anti-Semitic? You’re kidding me, right?
I guess that I have been anti-Semitic without knowing it since about the age of 5. As a kid I remember drawing horns and a van-dyke on tons of pictures. I did this well before I knew the difference between people’s religions. So I guess that either I was just born anti-Semitic or this is bullshit. But according to Rabbi Abraham Cooper, this is:
“inappropriate and unacceptable when a symbol like this – associated with virulent anti-Semitism going back to the Middle Ages, deployed by the genocidal Nazi regime, by Soviet propagandists and even in 2011 by those who still seek to demonize Jews today – is used on the front cover of a publication in our Nation’s Capital against a member of the Jewish community.”
I guess I should apologize for all of my own demonizing of Jews throughout my life. Sorry about that. My bad.
What really gets me angry is the letter that Snyder’s attorneys sent to the City Paper that read:
“Mr. Snyder has more than sufficient means to protect his reputation…We presume that defending such litigation would not be a rational strategy for an investment fund such as yours. Indeed, the cost of litigation would presumably quickly outstrip the asset value of the Washington City Paper.”
In other words, Danny has way more money than you. So you take it back or you will be sorry. Just makes me sick that anyone with enough money can get absolutely anything they want utilizing our legal system. Nope, this system isn’t broken beyond belief.
Initially the folks over at the City Paper are standing by their article. I hope you guys over their stick to your guns. Don’t back down to Snyder and his attorney goons.
What I really have to wonder is what would happen if the City Paper just paid Snyder the $2 million. Would paying the $2 million to Danny make everything printed in the article okay now? If so, might I make the following suggestion: Take up a collection.
I am pretty sure there are thousands of people in the area that would love nothing more than to contribute. Seriously. If you can find me one Redskins fan that is a Dan Snyder supporter I would be surprised. I know that every person I know, that is a Skins fan, hates the asshole with a passion…including myself. And if we were given the chance to tell Snyder to “stick it”, how many of us wouldn’t take the opportunity. I know I would.
I would love to hear about someone from the City Paper walking in to the office of Snyder’s attorneys and slapping down a check, sticking out their tongue, giving them the finger and then turning and walking out.
And then run the story every single week. After all, you paid for it.
EDIT: And btw, I admittedly don’t know dick about our legal system. I am pretty sure what I said above would never work that way in the real world. So just put up the good fight, City Paper, and take up that collection for the legal fees…I would still be happy to contribute.