This morning, we shared word that Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder was really upset with a Washington City Paper staffer who writes critically of him. Potential legal wrangling was hinted at, calls for the writer's job made, feelings hurt.
In the time since, publisher Amy Austin wrote a letter "To Our Readers" about it which reads, in part:
[W]e have offered Snyder the opportunity to publish a guest column responding to the article, we proposed that he meet with our editor to discuss his concerns, and we invited him to provide information demonstrating that what we published was false. If we were to conclude we got something wrong, we would correct it. We also emphatically reject the suggestion that we stop reporting on Snyder or that we pull McKenna, who has written for City Paper since 1986, from reporting on Snyder and/or the Redskins.
The only response to our offer was a letter earlier this week from Patty Glaser, a prominent Hollywood lawyer, demanding that certain documents be retained for litigation.
Here's the most recent letter.
And here's another one the paper has received. Click to enlarge.
That whole "How would you react if you were vilified by an anti-Semitic caricature of you?" part? Managing Editor Mike Madden responded.
[W]e at City Paper take accusations of anti-Semitism seriously - in part because many of us are Jewish, including staffers who edited the story and designed the cover.
So let us know, Mr. Snyder, when you want to fight the real anti-Semites.
To Our Readers [Washington City Paper]
On the Matter of Daniel Snyder's Horns [Washington City Paper]