Here's your daily link to Dave McKenna's brilliant "Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder," which we'll be posting until Dan Snyder's dumbass libel suit takes a dirt nap.
On point today is John Feinstein, who hurts Dan Snyder on his blog, hurts him very bad indeed. In fact, this is such a lacerating piece of commentary that one can only imagine Dan Snyder's flack nanny has shielded it from his eyes, lest it make the little lord swallow his pacifier. A few excerpts:
Perhaps no one on earth has ever deserved to be ignored more than Dan Snyder.
The problem is he can't be ignored. He is relentlessly annoying and he has access to the media-any and all media in Washington-whenever he wants it. That doesn't mean that access helps him. In fact, quite the opposite because every time he or one of his flunkies-today his latest overpaid lawyers were writing and talking on his behalf-opens up his or her mouth they just re-prove the point Dave McKenna was making in his now famous City Paper piece of last November.
in libel suits technicalities don't matter. The plaintiff has to prove that the defendant was not only completely wrong but was wrong because of malice. One lawyer I heard on the 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday predicted that Snyder had ‘zero,' percent chance of winning the suit and, pointing to the original letter, said this is clearly a bully lawsuit.
Then he said something that I thought was very smart: "The right way to do this is to use your access to the media FIRST. Dan Snyder has complete access to anyone and everyone in the Washington media including The Washington Post just by picking up a phone. If all he wants is to make the point that McKenna had it wrong, he can make that point through the media. A lawsuit should be his last resort. In Snyder's case it was his first resort."
There's an old saying: If you think everyone in the world is crazy, maybe you should look in the mirror. Of course there's another old saying: If no one likes you then at least you know you're not paranoid.
Congratulations, Dan. You're not paranoid.
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Unfortunately Dan Snyder can not be ignored [Feinstein on the Brink]