Sean Hannity Hires Charles Harder To Threaten The NY Times And Its Reporters, Because Of Course He Does

from the ah,-that-old-first-amendment,-what-is-it-good-for dept

Last month, Kara Swisher wrote an opinion piece for the NY Times ripping Sean Hannity and Fox News to shreds for convincing her mother that COVID-19 wasn't going to be too bad back in February and leading into March. It's notable how she started her piece:

You can relax, Sean Hannity, I’m not going to sue you.

Some people are suggesting that there might be grounds for legal action against the cable network that you pretty much rule — Fox News — because you and your colleagues dished out dangerous misinformation about the virus in the early days of the crisis in the United States. Some might allege that they have lost loved ones because of what was broadcast by your news organization.

But lawsuits are a bad idea. Here’s why: I believe in Fox News’s First Amendment right as a press organization, even if some of its on-air talent did not mind being egregiously bad at their jobs when it came to giving out accurate health data.

Apparently, Hannity does not have the same respect for the 1st Amendment, because after throwing a complete shit-fit over Swisher's piece, he's now hired lawyer Charles Harder (who, full disclaimer, represented the guy who sued us a few years back, and is now also representing the Trump campaign in an ongoing series of SLAPP suits designed to chill the press) to send a truly ridiculous SLAPP threat letter to the NY Times over Swisher's piece and a couple of other NY Times pieces that have criticized Hannity or noted accurately the times he played down the threat of the virus.

I should note, in passing, that Harder might want to take into consideration what happened to the last lawyer who simultaneously represented Donald Trump and Sean Hannity.

Anyway, the letter focuses on the claims that Hannity also talked about how serious COVID-19 might be. He did do this, but at the same time, frequently was seen doing his usual boosterism of the President's "everything's fine here" messaging, by blaming the "mainstream media" and "the left" for "politicizing" COVID-19 by criticizing the President.

The point that the NY Times was making in its pieces was that in his repeated efforts to play up the President's (misleading) messages of everything being fine, many people (including Swisher's mother) didn't believe the disease was as serious as it really was. That can absolutely be true even if at other times Hannity did say the disease could be serious. You can argue that both sides are cherry-picking here, but that's hardly defamatory. Notably, the best that Harder and Hannity can do here is say that the NY Times implied false things, not that they actually said false things -- which again shows how weak any defamation claim would be:

As detailed herein, the Stories, at the very least, impart the false and defamatory inference that (1) Mr. Hannity’s on-air statements (on March 9, 2020) caused Mr. Joyce to believe it was a safe to take a cruise on March 1, 2020, that apparently led to his death; and (2) Mr. Hannity (allegedly) disseminated “misinformation” about the pandemic. Both of these implied statements are completely false. Moreover, the language in the April 18, 2020 Story reflects that you intended these false inferences, by how you deliberately manipulated the wording to create the false narrative. The Stories also encourage readers to draw the false conclusion that Mr. Hannity has no concern for the lives of his viewers.

I mean, if we're going to be suing based on what other people believe you implied, then, uh, Hannity might be opening himself up to lawsuits as well. Except that in most cases, your interpretation of what someone "implied" is the opposite of defamatory, because it's based on interpretation, not actual statements of fact.

The letter also goes on a long rant claiming that the NY Times ignored the fact that Democratic politicians played down the threat as well, and that the "mainstream media" also played it down as well. This has become a key talking point from Fox News and Trump folks, but as Cathy Young pointed out in an excellent Bulwark piece, many of those complaints are taken way out of context (and Young is not someone who is often found defending mainstream media organizations).

Either way, the letter makes it clear that, unlike Kara Swisher's respect for the US Constitution and the 1st Amendment, Sean Hannity, with Harder's help, is ready to sue the NY Times.

Please confirm in writing within twenty-four (24) hours of transmission of this letter that you will retract, correct and apologize for each of the foregoing statements. Failure to do so will leave Mr. Hannity with no alternative but to consider instituting immediate legal proceedings against you. Should that occur, Mr. Hannity would pursue all available causes of action and seek all available legal remedies to the maximum extent permitted by law, including without limitation, actual damages, special damages, punitive damages, and temporary and permanent injunctive relief.

The NY Times, of course, is not usually one to back down from defamation threats, and wasted little time in responding:

“We’ve reported fairly and accurately on Mr. Hannity and there is no basis for a retraction or an apology.”

Once again, right about now, it sure would be nice if New York had a real anti-SLAPP law instead of the heavily limited anti-SLAPP law it currently has. Oh, and also we still need a federal anti-SLAPP law to stop these abusive, censorial threats and lawsuits. But, considering how vocal Sean Hannity is about how much he "loves" free speech, suing the NY Times because it "implied" he played down the threat of COVID-19 suggests otherwise.

Filed Under: 1st amendment, anti-slapp, charles harder, defamation, free speech, kara swisher, sean hannity, slapp
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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 11:52am

    Money talks, but does it speak truth?

    " Failure to do so will leave Mr. Hannity with no alternative but to consider instituting immediate legal proceedings against you. "

    Of course he has alternatives. He could stop representing censorious asshats. He could interpret defamation laws the way they were supposed to be interpreted. He could instruct clients who wish to file baseless lawsuits in the folly of their wishes. But then that might destroy his business.

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    crade (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 12:24pm

    "NY Times ignored the fact that Democratic politicians played down the threat as well and that the "mainstream media" also played it down as well"..
    It's ok that I was claiming that that the mainstream media and dems were blowing this whole thing out of proportion just to make trump look bad because, well, they were... um.. totally playing it down too?

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    Thad (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 12:37pm

    You don't have to sue, Sean; just do what every other conservative does: keep calling the New York Times a bunch of leftists and watch them bend over backwards to prove they're not.

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      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 1:06pm

      Ah, but then he wouldn’t get to raise funds for his legal team by playing the victim of the mean ol’ leftists and their imagined crimes against him (a classic right-wing grift).

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        crade (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 1:19pm

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        But don't forget they want to simultaneously play the tough guy and the leftists are fragile wussy snowflakes.

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          That One Guy (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 1:47pm

          'You say they're wimps but they beat you, so what are you then?'

          There is definitely some serious humor to be found in someone claiming both that the other side are a bunch of delicate snowflakes while at the same time crying foul and playing the victim anytime those 'snowflakes' make an 'objectionable' comment.

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            Stephen T. Stone (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 2:04pm

            According to right-wingers, leftists are ready to both commit violence in the name of their ideology and cower in the face of personally inconsiderate language.

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              Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2020 @ 4:17pm

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              and those damned immigrants - they come here to steal our jobs and be completely lazy all at the same time.

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                Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 29 Apr 2020 @ 2:24am

                Re: Re:

                Why if you were a cynic you might claim that all the regular mouthpieces of the US right wing are to 100% engaging in troll rhetoric and looking angry and upset to cover the fact that they keep getting caught with their hands in the cookie jar and by now can't envision any other reaction than screaming "Thief! THIEF!!" at the top of their lungs.

                Of course if that was the case then they're looking every bit as pathetic as that chinese troll who comes around here these days telling us the US is way worse than China when it comes to human rights.

                Good thing I'm not a cynic. That'd be depressing.

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                  Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 3:59am

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                  Wow, two really good points. China. You work for China? What’s your point? The Democrats are worse than the Chinese communists? I’d agree with that.

                  And, your second point, “troll rhetoric”... did you see the Wikipedia definition? Will you write it? Explain to us “angry and upset” Hannity lovers.

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                    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 29 Apr 2020 @ 5:30am

                    I don’t need to define “troll rhetoric” when I can point to a perfect example of it. To wit: a perfect example of troll rhetoric.

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                      Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 7:31am

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                      You mean, another version of “I know you are but what am I?”

                      How original. Leftist fuckwad.

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                        Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 11:27am

                        Re: Re:

                        What is a leftist?

                        Is that the opposite of a rightist?

                        What does movement of the overton window do to your established stereotypical derogatory labels?

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                        Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 30 Apr 2020 @ 1:42am

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                        "You mean, another version of “I know you are but what am I?”"

                        Nope. More like; "I'm not, but you certainly fit the dictionary definition".

                        So other than the fact that you guys from the alt-right can't even read english, what did you intend to prove?

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                    Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 11:21am

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                    "The Democrats are worse than the Chinese communists? "

                    Do continue.

                    And due to there being a wide spectrum of individual personality characteristics for each and every member of each group to which you have referred, please be specific about which characteristics you find to be objectionable and why. Since it may be difficult to compare the two groups, how would you go about it?

                    When are you moving to China?

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                    Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 30 Apr 2020 @ 1:39am

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                    " Explain to us “angry and upset” Hannity lovers."

                    I'll just refer to your own example where you are unable to muster any argument at all without stacking it on top of ad hominem and falsehood.

                    That is indeed troll rhetoric, same as Hannity is employing.

                    It may come as a surprise to you but in this century an argument can not be won by simply looking angry and screaming invective. You need facts to prop up your assertions.
                    But rather than present fact you just pull yet another Hannity by trying to shout the opposition down.

                    That doesn't work online, bro. All it does is prove the old adage about how it's better to keep silent and be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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                Anonymous Coward, 1 May 2020 @ 9:54am

                'Steal Our Jobs' = Strawman

                I don't believe I've ever actually heard this used in an anti-immigration argument. It's a strawman.

                What anti-immigration advocates do say is that illegal immigrants drive down wages, use an inordinate amount of taxpayer- and privately-funded services (emergency rooms, law enforcement resources, etc), increase the sense that laws can be ignored at will, and serve as a textbook example of 'the tragedy of the commons'.

                Note that the belief that laws can be ignored at will is the overwhelmingly prime cause of police use of force. (Translation for this website: 'racist cops shooting totally innocent people of color for fun, and the racist cops never get even a slap on the wrist'.)

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                  Anonymous Coward, 1 May 2020 @ 3:51pm

                  Re: 'Steal Our Jobs' = Strawman

                  "What anti-immigration advocates do say is that illegal immigrants .."

                  Your list includes several incorrect statements but rather than correct them, I thought I would add an item to your list. Immigrants pay a shit load of taxes and most do not file a return so uncle sam keeps it all.

                  "belief that laws can be ignored at will"
                  Are you talking about donald specifically or just rich entitled assholes in general?

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              Anonymous Coward, 1 May 2020 @ 9:36am

              Stone: Wrong As Usual

              Using the words in your fact-free sentence, one can actually form a statement of fact... According to right-wingers*, leftist ideology is to view personally inconsiderate language as 'hate speech'*, and leftists counter this metaphorical violence with actual violence. * Leftist definition of 'right-wingers': liberals, traditional Democrats, libertarians, moderates, centrists, independents, conservatives, and 'Nazis' (whatever that means post-1945). So, anyone to the right of the far left. * Leftist definition of 'hate speech': anything less than enthusiastic praise for any group other than heterosexual white people. I.e. 'brown people', 'Black bodies', 'transgendered' (autogynephiles), 'LGBGTQPP+', 'POC', 'undocumented workers', 'victims of Islamophobia', etc. So, anyone not like Mommy and Daddy.

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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2020 @ 1:02pm

    What if the NYT was just being sarcastic?

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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2020 @ 1:24pm

    Ahhh, if only Trump would open up them libel laws...any day now I hear.

    /s

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    That One Guy (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 1:29pm

    'I support all speech that I agree with.'

    But, considering how vocal Sean Hannity is about how much he "loves" free speech, suing the NY Times because it "implied" he played down the threat of COVID-19 suggests otherwise.

    Ah good old 'free speech' hypocrites, claims to support free speech, immediately goes legal when someone gives an opinion that they don't like.

    I'd say this is pretty clear just another PR stunt in lawsuit form, playing up the 'poor victimized conservative' con to gullible fools, because as noted in the article if 'gave the impression' counts as defamation then ooh, that's probably not going to go over too well for certain people/groups.

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    Koby (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 1:33pm

    Temporally-Challenged

    The NY Times article used Sean Hannity quotes from March 9 as evidence that Joe Joyce thought that it was safe to take a cruise. Except, it turns out that Joe Joyce left for the cruise on March 1st! Whoops! You can't use the "imply" defense to defy time. I think Sean Hannity can prove in court that his language wasn't responsible for this guy's death.

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      JasonC (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 2:03pm

      Re: Temporally-Challenged

      Congratulations on missing the point of the article.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2020 @ 2:17pm

      Re: Temporally-Challenged

      1. Not how it works.

      2. Using Hannity's March quotes as an example of his rhetoric is not saying that THAT quote caused Mr. Joyce to get on the boat. It was an example of his rhetoric.

      3. You don't think that there are plenty of February quotes from Hannity that can be shown that Mr. Joyce heard instead.

      4. Again, not how it all works.

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        Koby (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 3:18pm

        Re: Re: Temporally-Challenged

        Using Hannity's March quotes as an example of his rhetoric is not saying that THAT quote caused Mr. Joyce to get on the boat. It was an example of his rhetoric.

        You don't think that there are plenty of February quotes from Hannity that can be shown that Mr. Joyce heard instead.

        If there are OTHER quotes, or perhaps plenty of February quotes, then those other quotes are the ones that should have been used, and not the March 9 quote. This perhaps would have then made for a weak opinion article, however. Or the writer may have needed to leave Sean Hannity out of the accusations altogether and blame some politicians. But the inclusion of the March 9 quote seems defamatory from the premise of the article. Rhetoric after March 1 could not have been a cause for Mr. Joyce to go on the trip.

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          Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2020 @ 3:24pm

          Re: Re: Re: Temporally-Challenged

          You don't know what defamation is.

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          Stephen T. Stone (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 3:30pm

          the inclusion of the March 9 quote seems defamatory

          You know less about defamation than Sean Hannity (and possibly his lawyer).

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          Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2020 @ 3:32pm

          Re: Re: Re: Temporally-Challenged

          But the inclusion of the March 9 quote seems defamatory from the premise of the article.

          That's a fascinating theory of defamation. And by fascinating, I mean, not supported by basically any of the caselaw on defamation. But, okay.

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          That One Guy (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 3:36pm

          Re: Re: Re: Temporally-Challenged

          Out of morbid curiosity, what do you think defamation is?

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            Koby (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 4:04pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Temporally-Challenged

            Out of morbid curiosity, what do you think defamation is?

            A deliberate false and public accusation. i.e.- Here is an example of Sean Hannity saying something on his t.v. show that contributed to the death of some guy who went on a boat cruise.

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              Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2020 @ 4:18pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Temporally-Challenged

              And you would be wrong.

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              Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2020 @ 4:19pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Temporally-Challenged

              also - it has to be true

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              Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 4:22pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Temporally-Challenged

              You should read this page https://www.minclaw.com/us-defamation-laws/ . Then tell us what statement of fact that the NYT or their reporter used that they knew or should have known was actually false. Opinions don't count.

              Accusations can be opinion. Stating that 'Trump is a buffoon who is screwing up the coronavirus response in the US' is an accusation, but it is also my opinion, and therefore not subject to defamation laws.

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                Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2020 @ 4:28pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Temporally-Challenged

                Meanwhile, Hannity is still 99% wrong and a complete waste of oxygen.

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                Koby (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 5:12pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Temporally-Challenged

                Then tell us what statement of fact that the NYT or their reporter used that they knew or should have known was actually false.

                "“He watched Fox, and believed it was under control,’’ Kristen told me. Early in March Sean Hannity went on air proclaiming that he didn’t like the way that the American people were getting scared “unnecessarily.’’ He saw it all, he said, “as like, let’s bludgeon Trump with this new hoax.” Eventually, Fox changed course and took the virus more seriously, but the Joyces were long gone by then."

                These seem to be the lines from the article at the heart of this controversy. It could not have happened this way. Joe Joyce could not have seen the March 9 Sean Hannity broadcast, concluded that the coronavirus was a hoax, and then left for his trip on March 1.

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                  Stephen T. Stone (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 5:16pm

                  Even if the timeline shakes out like you said, others have already pointed out a flaw in your argument that you have yet to address: What proof says Hannity made no similar kinds of statements prior to, or on, March 1st?

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                    Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 5:27pm

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                    Worse yet, the article is about Hannity suing the NYT, not someone suing Hannity, so whatever Hannity said has no bearing on the lawsuit in question.

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                    Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2020 @ 5:58pm

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                    Does this report count?

                    I'm wondering, though, did the NYT say "these specific words, from this broadcast, convinced Joe to take his fatal cruise"? If not, then this whole March 1 / March 9 silliness is just that.

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                      Koby (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 6:11pm

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                      Does this report count?

                      Probably not. The CNN article was last updated February 27 and the NY Times article says that Hannity made the statements in early March. If the NY Times would like to use different quotes from different dates then they should edit the article and apologize for the temporal impossibility.

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                        Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2020 @ 6:54pm

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                        Maybe they should. Maybe they shouldn't.

                        Again, as you keep ignoring: this isn't anywhere near defamation.

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                          Koby (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 7:36pm

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                          Again, as you keep ignoring: this isn't anywhere near defamation.

                          I don't believe I've been ignoring this, but I'll make it as clear as possible: using statements from March 9 as evidence that someone else was encouraged to take a deadly trip on March 1 is provably defamatory. It is clearly false, the NY Times article was published publicly, the mixup of attributing action prior to the cause is at least negligent if you don't check the dates of events, and the accusation that Sean Hannity's advice was harmful was itself designed to inflict harm onto Sean Hannity's reputation and viewership.

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                            Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2020 @ 8:09pm

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                            And yet, if you read like two sentences further...

                            "A spokeswoman for Fox News said that Mr. Hannity made statements taking the spread of coronavirus seriously early on, and that his comment about the public being scared by the coverage happened after the Joyces had left on their cruise."

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                    Koby (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 6:04pm

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                    What proof says Hannity made no similar kinds of statements prior to, or on, March 1st?

                    As I mentioned a few posts up, if the NY Times has quotes from prior to March 1 then they should use those quotes instead. However, I suspect that any such quotes would not be very effective and would have led to a dud of a news article, at least as far as Sean Hannity is concerned. Either quote him correctly, or leave him out of the story.

                    Also, since I saw this story break back on April 19, I am reasonably certain that if Sean Hannity's political opponents would have dug up the video tape of those prior statements by now. It would be a great "gotcha" moment. Maybe they still can, if it exists? For now, my assumption is that because it would fly back in Hannity's face if such evidence ever existed, yet has not been revealed, indicates to me that Hannity probably has a valid complaint.

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                      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 6:26pm

                      news article

                      The original article was an opinion piece. Maybe rethink your vigorous defense of Sean Hannity and his obvious SLAPP action against a major media outlet.

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                        Koby (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 6:59pm

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                        The original article was an opinion piece.

                        Uhoh, we have a serious factual discrepancy here. In the original article posted by Mike, the PDF linked to under the words "a truly ridiculous SLAPP threat letter" points to https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6878941/C-Harder-NYT-Re-Sean-Hannity-Edited.pdf

                        And that article's original complaint is https://www.nytimes.com/ 2020/04/18/nyregion/coronavirus-jjbubbles-joe-joyce.html

                        Which is a dead link to me. However, I can get a working link at https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/18/nyregion/coronavirus-jjbubbles-joe-joyce.html

                        Which is very much NOT an opinion piece. PDF does complain later on about the opinion piece as well. Is this not the NY Times article that we are talking about? Is it your position that the Joe Joyce article is an opinion piece?

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                          Stephen T. Stone (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 7:45pm

                          Okay, so, I was referring to the Kara Swisher article which was linked to early in this article. My bad on that one.

                          But here’s the funny thing: Even if I grant that the “temporal impossibility” was a flat-out lie instead of an honest mistake or a rhetorical flourish, that still doesn’t make what was said about Hannity anything close to defamatory.

                          But let’s say, only for the sake of argument, that the statement was an intentional lie. Such an admission still leaves open a question you haven’t answered: How does that one false statement of fact, on its own, defame Sean Hannity to the point where said statement constitutes actual malice or reckless disregard?

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                            Koby (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 8:21pm

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                            How does that one false statement of fact, on its own, defame Sean Hannity to the point where said statement constitutes actual malice or reckless disregard?

                            For the actual malice, I think that's where the legal threat letter, and the Kara Swisher article come into play. The Kara Swisher opinion piece, and other NY Times articles critical of Hannity are designed to establish a pattern whereby the NY Times is constantly attacking Hannity. Then, the NY Times dug up a quote, which was specifically tracked down to the March 9 broadcast. If the NY Times knew that Hannity's statement was from March 9, and Joe Joyce left for the trip on March 1, and they knew this, but they hate Hannity, and they don't correct the article, then that could constitute actual malice. They knew that the information was false, and have continued to intentionally maintain the article online without an edit.

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                              Stephen T. Stone (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 11:03pm

                              For me to believe that what claim to be actual malice is actual malice, I would have to assume a number of things are all true simultaneously:

                              1. The Times has “attacked” (read: criticized) Sean Hannity in the past.

                              2. The Times has singled out Sean Hannity in some way for criticism/“attacks”, or at least made more of a habit of doing that to him than to any other Fox News personality.

                              3. The Times printed the article containing the “temporal impossibility” with an intentionally reckless disregard for the truth.

                              4. The reputation of Sean Hannity suffered to some irreparable degree because of that article.

                              I can get on board with #1, but #2 is where I jump the train before it goes off the rails in #3 and #4. You can’t convince me that the article in question was some sort of “special ‘attack’ ” on Hannity by the Times. You sure as hell can’t convince me that the Times acted with reckless disregard/defamatory intent by printing the article. And you have better odds of finding a way to punch me over TCP/IP than you do of convincing anyone that Hannity suffered a legitimate hit to his reputation because of that article.

                              This lawsuit is a SLAPP designed to both grift money/attention from gullible Fox News viewers and chill any further critcial-of-Hannity speech from the Times. No court worth a good god’s damn should ever consider this suit to be anything but a SLAPP — and frankly, neither should you. But if you wanna keep on defending Hannity trying to use the courts as a way of silencing his critics…well, at least dig a nice grave on your hill before you die on it.

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                                Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 1:12am

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                                No one could convince you to utter an honest word. Sometimes you are black, sometimes gay, sometimes coherently rational, and often covered in your own shit smearing asshole obsessed diatribes.

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              Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 29 Apr 2020 @ 2:43am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Temporally-Challenged

              "A deliberate false and public accusation. i.e.- Here is an example of Sean Hannity saying something on his t.v. show that contributed to the death of some guy who went on a boat cruise."

              According to US courts neither opinion nor fact can count as defamatory.

              Which is why Swisher is not liable for defamation. Ironically Hannity's only argument in a lawsuit intended to be won is if he manages to make the case that it is plausible that he'd deliberately spread misinformation but did, in fact, not and that Swisher's accusations were both *believable, yet false**.

              Of course the real reason Hannity threatens to sue is not to win the case because he can't do so without having judge and jury establish he's such an inveterate liar that Swisher's implication is believable.

              So here we have Hannity, demonstrably using a SLAPP right after having a nuclear meltdown on twitter, making himself look like even more of an ass...and you decide to come in swinging, accomplishing only to convince people that although Hannity may be pretending to be deranged his adherents apparently are, for real.

              Here's a clue. When one of your idols pull off as crappy an appearance as Hannity does the only viable option which won't make you look worse is to turn the other way and pretend you don't know the guy.

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                Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 29 Apr 2020 @ 2:46am

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Temporally-Challenged

                Yet more irony? Hannity can indeed win the lawsuit by establishing, as official court-verified truth, that he is indeed an inveterate and deliberate liar.

                After that he still has to show that the specific lie Swisher targeted him for wasn't what he actually stated which might be tough as he's on record for a lot of this. But at least he has a chance of getting the jury on board with that part of it.

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                  Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 4:14am

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Temporally-Challenged

                  OMG did you have to reach deep into your empty mind to construct that argument? Do tell us more, idiot boy. Convince anyone, other than your obviously deluded leftist comrades, of something negative about My Personal Hero, former boxboy and now international super-star, Shaun Hannity. Go for it.

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                      Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 6:36am

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                      Ok fine but you misunderstood the challenge: say something negative.

                      Oh wait I forgot- you’re a genetically deprived leftist that can’t make an adult argument.

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                        Stephen T. Stone (profile), 29 Apr 2020 @ 6:47am

                        say something negative

                        I did. It’s not my fault that you consider…

                        • peddling in a conspiracy theory that even Seth Rich’s family has discredited

                        • smearing a U.S. Ambassador because she didn’t kiss Trump’s ass (metaphorically or literally)

                        • jailing a political opponent of Trump (presumably) without due process

                        • a “journalist” working both on-camera and behind the scenes to influence official White House policy

                        • an obsession with the underwear of that aformentioned political opponent of Trump

                        • agreeing with someone who said the day that Obergefell v Hodges was decided (i.e., the day that same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide) was “some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation's history”

                        …to be positives instead of negatives. But I suppose it is nice for you to finally confirm that you are, at least, a homophobe.

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                          Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 6:52am

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                          You’re making a spectacle of yourself, still failing to put forth an adult argument, and instead, only repeating democratic talking points.

                          And, you used a bullet list.

                          You are shamefully exposed.

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                            Stephen T. Stone (profile), 29 Apr 2020 @ 6:55am

                            You’re … failing to put forth an adult argument

                            you used a bullet list

                            Please stop punching yourself in the face.

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                              Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 30 Apr 2020 @ 1:47am

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                              It's pretty clear by now it's just someone trolling, pretending to be a Hannity fan in the hope of derailing the thread. Just flag and move on before he accomplishes his purpose of turning the page format into just a thin strip of vertical lettering again.

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                                Anonymous Coward, 30 Apr 2020 @ 5:08am

                                Re: Re:

                                To be fair, Tero Pulkinnen is the only one manages to pull off the vertical lettering thing, and he's not even discussing the finer points of right-wing extremism.

                                ...Goes to show you that copyright is so fucked up its adherents are even more trollish than goddamn bleach-drinking Republicans.

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                            Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 7:42am

                            Re: Re:

                            Ah, the ways of the narcissist: 'If anyone says something I don't agree with, they are wrong.'

                            Only you choose random irrelevant beliefs/traits (regardless of whether those traits actually fit) for the sake of dismissing the person you don't agree with via Ad hominem. Alternatively, you dismiss the ideas as childish regardless of their actual merit.

                            So All together it becomes:
                            'If anyone says something I don't agree with, they are a leftist/(insert other trait here) and thus are wrong. Furthermore, their ideas are childish and will continue to be childish no matter how thorough they explain their ideas. I will tell that person to come up with an adult argument until they agree with me.'

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                              Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 7:58am

                              Re: Re: Re:

                              Try actually making an argument. I dare you.

                              Resolved: Shaun Hannity is a hero boxboy and a superb role model for young men, especially boxboys.

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                        Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 8:10am

                        Re: Re:

                        you’re a genetically deprived leftist that can’t make an adult argument.

                        The irony in your statement is completely lost on you, isn't it?

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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2020 @ 2:04pm

    There was this guy who said he was volunteering to be waterboarded for charity .. can't remember his name. Anyway, he said he would donate the proceeds to the troops I think.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2020 @ 2:27pm

      Remember, he's only giving his opinions for entertainment. If he was presenting facts as a journalist, he'd already be cooked.

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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2020 @ 2:11pm

    You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

    The 1st Amendment applies to the government, not private entities like Sean Hannity. If he wants to sue the NYT, he's allowed to, the 1st Amendment doesn't apply to this.

    That's what you guys say when Twitter bans people "The 1st Amendment doesn't apply" and "Private entities can do what they want".

    But when Hannity sues the NYT? "He doesn't respect the 1st Amendment."

    ...Which is it? If Hannity suing the NYT is an affront to the 1st Amendment, then Twitter banning people for what they say is also an affront to the 1st Amendment.

    "You have freedom of speech, not freedom from consequences!" - What some of you have said to defend Twitter and Facebook's bans.

    Okay... Sure... I remember when someone said that about Gawker being sued into oblivion. Most of you who are defending Twitter and Facebook got all pissy about that statement. I know, I know "it's different because the courts were involved!"

    ...Yeah, like they're SUPPOSED to be! One of the jobs of the courts is to SETTLE DISPUTES between two parties. (And Gawker didn't help themselves by thumbing their noses at another court's decision.)

    So, if you're going to rag on Sean Hannity for suing the NYT (and I'm not defending him), then start ragging on Twitter and Facebook for their banning of lots of high profile political people.

    Or not, I mean, it only shows your hypocrisy on this issue.

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      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 4:13pm

      If Hannity suing the NYT is an affront to the 1st Amendment, then Twitter banning people for what they say is also an affront to the 1st Amendment.

      Those two things aren’t even remotely the same, and I’ll give you a four-word answer as to why: a court of law.

      Hannity filed a lawsuit against the Times over lawful speech. He wants to use the courts — i.e., the judiciary branch of the government — as a means of silencing speech from a writer for the Times and chill further speech about him from other Times writers. In that way, Hannity disrespected the First Amendment.

      Twitter banned Alex Jones for all the dumb bullshit he said. The company didn’t call for government intervention. It also didn’t attempt to stop Jones, in any way, from saying whatever the hell he wants on any other platform (including the one he owns). In that way, Twitter respected — and even made use of — the First Amendment (specifically, the protection afforded to the right of association).

      I don’t know what else to tell you if you still can’t see the difference. Your ignorance, willful or otherwise, is not my problem to solve.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2020 @ 4:31pm

      Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

      All these months (years?) of trying to pound into your head how the 1st Amendment works and you still don't get it. Maybe just stay off the internet.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2020 @ 5:45pm

      Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

      So by your own logic twitter is supposed to fight people in court every time it wants to ban someone? Even though twitter has many users, some of whom are not in the US?

      That's a horrible idea if I've ever heard one... The mere implications just get worse the more you think about them.

      Especially given the part of twitter's ToS requiring you to waiver any objections toward using the legal venues in San Francisco... Granted that's harder to enforce anyway but they would still try.

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 6:07pm

      Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

      The 1st Amendment applies to the government, not private entities like Sean Hannity. If he wants to sue the NYT, he's allowed to, the 1st Amendment doesn't apply to this.

      Um. No. Short answer: using the courts (the state) to sue someone over their speech is using the power of the government to censor and that IS in violation of the 1st Amendment.

      Longer answer: https://www.popehat.com/2016/06/11/hello-youve-been-referred-here-because-youre-wrong-about-the-firs t-amendment/

      That's what you guys say when Twitter bans people "The 1st Amendment doesn't apply" and "Private entities can do what they want".

      Because they're a private platform and not using the force of government.

      But when Hannity sues the NYT? "He doesn't respect the 1st Amendment."

      Right, because he's using the force of government.

      Need I go on?

      ...Which is it? If Hannity suing the NYT is an affront to the 1st Amendment, then Twitter banning people for what they say is also an affront to the 1st Amendment.

      I guess I do need to go on. If Twitter were suing someone over their speech, that would also be an affront to the 1st Amendment. They are not.

      "You have freedom of speech, not freedom from consequences!" - What some of you have said to defend Twitter and Facebook's bans.

      Yes. But also Twitter and Facebook are private properties. If Sean Hannity wants to block Kara Swisher from posting on his website, he's free to do so. That's not a violation of the 1st Amendment. If Twitter sued Hannity for being an idiot, that IS a violation of the 1st Amendment.

      Note the difference? One involves the power of the state. One doesn't.

      Okay... Sure... I remember when someone said that about Gawker being sued into oblivion. Most of you who are defending Twitter and Facebook got all pissy about that statement. I know, I know "it's different because the courts were involved!"

      The courts are the state. The state is limited by the 1st Amendment.

      ...Yeah, like they're SUPPOSED to be! One of the jobs of the courts is to SETTLE DISPUTES between two parties. (And Gawker didn't help themselves by thumbing their noses at another court's decision.)

      Yes, using the power of the state, which includes limitations, such as... the 1st Amendment.

      So, if you're going to rag on Sean Hannity for suing the NYT (and I'm not defending him), then start ragging on Twitter and Facebook for their banning of lots of high profile political people.

      Again, one is using the power of the state, and one is not.

      Or not, I mean, it only shows your hypocrisy on this issue.

      No, it means you don't know the first thing about what you're saying.

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        Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 1:05am

        Re: Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

        Yeah, and if UTube wants to block doctors asking about actual facts, like the covid death rates, then they CAN! FUCK the truth! Did you see Bongino sing the Russian death march song about the NYT? Hilarious! Facists rule here too!

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          Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 8:07am

          Re: Re: Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

          Donny's not going to save you even if you inject yourself with bleach, Hamilton.

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        Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 9:57am

        Re: Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

        Isn't the JOB of the courts to SETTLE disputes between two parties though?

        BTW, you're using the 1st amendment wrong.

        1st amendment says you have free speech and other entities can't take it away. Meaning that freedom of speech is a NATURAL RIGHT that we have at birth and NOT one that is GIVEN to us.

        So when Twitter bans someone, sure they aren't violating the 1st amendment (neither is Hannity in this case), but they ARE violating people's freedom of speech. FoS is not a law, it's a concept.

        And Popehat? Really? I've seen better arguments around free speech from 4chan.

        But, fine, let's use your argument about why the courts shouldn't get involved.

        ...alright, so tell me then, how are 2 parties that are in dispute supposed to settle things then? If not through the courts, cuz that would violate the 1st amendment, then how?

        I suppose Hannity could have just organized a "pull sponsors from the NYT, get them blocked online, make DNS and payment processors not allow their site online or some combination thereof" movement.

        I mean, keeping people from speaking isn't censorship after all. Right? ;)

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          Rocky, 29 Apr 2020 @ 12:01pm

          Re: Re: Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

          1st amendment says you have free speech and other entities can't take it away.

          That's not what it says, it says that the government can't take it away which isn't the same when you use other entities resources and property to express something they don't like.

          If you think that's wrong, how about letting me into your home with a megaphone which I will use to express my opinion how I think you are wrong every time you want some sleep.

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          Stephen T. Stone (profile), 29 Apr 2020 @ 12:28pm

          when Twitter bans someone, sure they aren't violating the 1st amendment (neither is Hannity in this case), but they ARE violating people's freedom of speech

          Two things.

          1. Hannity is arguably violating the First Amendment by using the power of the state (i.e., the courts) to silence someone’s legally protected speech and chill any further critical speech about him from anyone else.

          2. Twitter admins don’t violate the First Amendment, or the general ideal of “freedom of speech”, when they ban someone from Twitter. You are entitled to speak your mind. That doesn’t give you the right to use someone else’s platform or to make others (including people on that platform) listen.

          keeping people from speaking isn't censorship after all. Right?

          Another two things.

          1. That rhetorical gimmick is bullshit and you’d do well to stop using it.

          2. Moderation is a platform operator saying “we don’t do that here”. Discretion is you saying “I won’t do that there”. Censorship is someone saying “you can’t do that anywhere” before or after threats of either violence or government intervention. Twitter banning someone is moderation; Hannity filing a SLAPP to shut up his critics is an attempt at censorship.

          alright, so tell me then, how are 2 parties that are in dispute supposed to settle things then?

          Simple: They have a rational dialogue like reasonable adults and reach a compromise about which both parties end up saying to themselves, “I don’t like it. I don’t agree with it. But I accept it.” The courts can, and always should be, a tool of last resort — a “nuclear option” for when all other routes of dialogue and compromise have failed.

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          Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 1:26pm

          Re: Re: Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

          So when Twitter bans someone, sure they aren't violating the 1st amendment (neither is Hannity in this case), but they ARE violating people's freedom of speech.

          No they are not, because the 1st amendment only guarantees that you can publish your speech at your expense without government interference. Going beyond that by forcing other to publish your speech is infringing on their rights by compelling speech.

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          Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 5:49pm

          Re: Re: Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

          If you're going to go through the effort of changing your IP address just to fuck with people, Hamilton, the least you could do for yourself is make yourself less recognizable.

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            Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 30 Apr 2020 @ 1:55am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

            "...the least you could do for yourself is make yourself less recognizable."

            It's Baghdad Bob we're talking about. He's either too dumb to realize his "style" might as well be a notarized signature...or more likely, he knows people will recognize his brand of insanity and doesn't care because his only takeaway from posting here is that he gets to scream online that which would have him carted away to an asylum in real life.

            He's not here to win arguments. He's not here to present facts. He doesn't have a political agenda beyond whatever allows him to be as rampant a douchebag as he can be. And he's around here because in places like Breitbart and Stormfront he's not finding many excuses to go off on a rant of "<racial slur>, <gender slur>, <ableist slur> leftist!!"

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        Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 12:04pm

        Re: Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

        Hey, quick question, Mike...

        What's the text on the 1st Amendment?

        Don't worry, I'll show you.

        "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

        Hmm... Something about that text... Something... AH!

        The 1st Amendment says "CONGRESS".

        Guess what, Mike? Courts are NOT part of Congress!

        It's almost like you and so many others have NO idea what the 1st Amendment or Freedom of Speech really are.

        EVERY SINGLE TIME you go "WAAAHHH!! Courts are violating the 1st Amendment", you're COMPLETELY WRONG!

        So ANYTIME you say "1st Amendment" in terms of the courts, just remember, Dr. Cox will sing "WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! YOU'RE WRONG! YOU'RE WRONG! YOU'RE WROOOOOO~OOOOOONG!" to you.

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          Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 5:51pm

          Re: Re: Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

          You injected bleach into yourself yet, Hamilton? Or are you too busy getting grabbed by the pussy?

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          Stephen T. Stone (profile), 29 Apr 2020 @ 6:01pm

          Courts are part of the government. The Constitution protects people from government interference in speech, but even those protections have limits. One such limit is defamation. Ergo, a defamation lawsuit with no merit (i.e., a SLAPP) is an attempt to circumvent the First Amendment by using a threat of government interference to silence someone’s speech and chill any other speech that might be similar to the speech targeted by the SLAPP.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2020 @ 6:47pm

      Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

      Shiva Ayyadurai still didn't invent email, Hamilton. Suck it!

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        Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 1:00am

        Re: Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

        How can he be Hamilton when I am Hamilton?

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          Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 8:07am

          Re: Re: Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

          Shiva and you being the same person is a theory some people still have. I personally don't think so, but the idea that the guy who sued Techdirt is a bully and a lunatic is extremely tempting.

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            Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 8:09am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

            Project much?

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              Stephen T. Stone (profile), 29 Apr 2020 @ 8:24am

              Not really, since believing Shiva Ayyadurai is a bully really isn’t too farfetched. He sued people who criticized his (bullshit) claim of having invented modern email and coöpted fellow bully Donald Trump’s “Pocahontas”/“fake Indian” slur of Elizabeth Warren as part of a(n ultimately failed) political campaign. Only bullies pull that kind of shit.

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        Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 9:58am

        Re: Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

        Who?

        I rarely come around here anymore since Gawker went down.

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      Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 29 Apr 2020 @ 2:52am

      Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

      "So, if you're going to rag on Sean Hannity for suing the NYT (and I'm not defending him), then start ragging on Twitter and Facebook for their banning of lots of high profile political people. Or not, I mean, it only shows your hypocrisy on this issue."

      So what you're telling us is that unless we consider private property to be identical to a public space and the ability to turn an unpleasant person away from your property identical to government agents telling you you aren't allowed to speak at all we're hypocrites?

      I think you need a refresher course in what "Free Speech" means. Twitter and Facebook are private platforms. Private.

      You'd think a member of the right wing would realize the difference. Or is it just that as usual you guys from the right think socialist collectivism is only bad if it's the liberals doing it?

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      Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 9:43am

      Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

      Figures the pro-censorship people of Techdirt would flag this.

      No wonder I stopped coming here.

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        Rocky, 29 Apr 2020 @ 12:09pm

        Re: Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

        Who was censored?

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        Stephen T. Stone (profile), 29 Apr 2020 @ 12:30pm

        And yet, you came back.

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        Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 1:51pm

        Re: Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

        No wonder I stopped coming here.

        Said the anon who went how many levels deep into the comment section to state that they stopped coming here.

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          Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 30 Apr 2020 @ 2:16am

          Re: Re: Re: You want your cake and to eat it too, huh?

          "Said the anon who went how many levels deep into the comment section to state that they stopped coming here."

          For the nth time, at that.

          Baghdad Bob is weird that way. He'll go off on grand rants strewing ethnic, sexual, gender biased or ableist slurs all over while metaphorically dynamiting himself with inherently self-defeating arguments. Then he'll swear he's leaving. For reals. In the apparent hope that somewhere there's people who'll miss his usual brand of diatribe enough to want him back.

          A week later he'll be right back. Screaming about how this time he's really, really leaving. For realz.
          And he'll go straight to the cops with a printout of how badly he's been treated, and we'll all be dragged off to gitmo along with all the other "leftists". And pirates, of course.

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    Pixelation, 28 Apr 2020 @ 2:35pm

    Hey Hannity...

    I think you need to sue Harder.

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Apr 2020 @ 6:43pm

      Re: Hey Hannity...

      Hannity knows he can't prevail. His choice of lawyer says it all. When you torture the First Amendment to the point where Rudy won't ride to your rescue, maybe it's time to think things through.

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        That One Guy (profile), 28 Apr 2020 @ 8:09pm

        Re: Re: Hey Hannity...

        Hannity knows he can't prevail

        That depends on what he considers a win I'd say. Legally, on the merits and in court? Probably not. As a performance piece for gullible fools like several other recent lawsuits? Even just filing the case and talking about it will do that, no need to win in court at all, and in fact even a legal loss could be spun as a 'win' should that be the goal.

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          Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 6:41am

          Re: Re: Re: Hey Hannity...

          You are righteously right. He already won! He’s here, on Techdirt, paid for by you, and free promotion for him. Did I mention he was a boxboy? Ima boxboy too, and he’s my role model. Fox News! Yeah! It’s in my future too! Boxboy -> Fox News truth teller! Yay!

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            Stephen T. Stone (profile), 29 Apr 2020 @ 6:51am

            Victory has its price.

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              Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 6:55am

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              Threaten me, big boy. Come on my show. Oh wait - you’re a phony pony. Hannity is real. A real boxboy turned Fox News mega-super-star, and my personal hero.

              Actually, I AM IRON MAN!

              And Hannity!

              And you are? Scared pussy?

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                Stephen T. Stone (profile), 29 Apr 2020 @ 7:00am

                I am no more scared of you than you are of the common housefly.

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                  Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 30 Apr 2020 @ 2:19am

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                  In all fairness, Stephen...we don't know how scared Baghdad Bob is of the common housefly. Given his apparent phobia of factual reality in general it's not a given that the appearance of a housefly won't send him into the trauma of a seven year old sneakwatching "Alien".

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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 12:59am

    Ever since Obama “blackened” America, this has been waiting to happen, and now it has.

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    dickeyrat, 29 Apr 2020 @ 3:05am

    Isn't this precious? The Queen of Smarm Hannity is already building his resume' to apply for the gig of Blump's first Secretary of the Media, which will come to reality sometime around 2025 or '26. Of course, the job interview will be conducted with Smarmie's head firmly implanted up Blump's overstuffed ass--but what else would you expect?

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      Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 6:37am

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      I like you. You are a true plainly speaking leftist. Tell me more.

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      Anonymous Coward, 29 Apr 2020 @ 8:15am

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      Your childish name-calling is fitting for a right-wing moron but not a critical-thinking anything-but-right-wing. Please, grow up or shut up.

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      Anonymous Coward, 1 May 2020 @ 10:04am

      Dickeyrat, are you a Fascist?

      'Queen'?! Kind of 'homophobic', don't you think? Something -phobic, I'm quite sure.

      I'll bet you're one of those post-1945 non-German NSDAP members, aren't you.

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    ECA (profile), 29 Apr 2020 @ 12:50pm

    inference
    interpretation of what someone "implied" is the opposite of defamatory, because it's based on interpretation, not actual statements of fact..

    Implied??
    Didnt he say them?? even specifically??

    I Love an opinion, but an Implied opinion??
    How do you do that?
    What I meant to say??

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