Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Sue, A Lawyer Pulling Threat

So Wendy McCaw has decided there's an "I" in the First Amendment, and she spells the whole thing Fir$t Amendent, deciding it only applies to her and her money. Can we even count all the ways she's tried to deny all the elements of the essential first part of the Bill of Rights? She's told her employees they can't speak and can't assemble, either to deliver a letter or join a union. She's insisted businesses can't speak, at least not put signs in their windows about her. (My suggestion for the new poster: "Hey Wendy! It's Your Morals that Are Bendy.") She's tried to shut down freedom of the press in her own paper, which she can at least argue she owns, but also in three other publications now--the Independent, the Daily Sound, and the American Journalism Review. She's tried to put the chill on lawyers willing to defend her ex-employees and the clergy willing to say she should consider changing her ways. My guess is soon there will be lawsuits for everyone who has cancelled subscriptions, claiming by doing so they are defaming her business.

Notice she didn't try suing Vanity Fair, but that's because their article cut all the good stuff...for fear she might sue them. Then again, they also completely sucked up to Tom Cruise in that very same issue, so lapping tuchas isn't an odd thing for VF. Still, pairing Tom Cruise with Wendy is more than fitting--both believe in things no one sane does (Scientology and the vast conspiracy of everyone v. Wendy McCaw)--and both leave us wondering--how did Tom and Katie wind up with Suri? How did Wendy and Arthur wind up with the News-Press? Will either "child" survive?


Anonymous Mike said...

This woman sounds like a nightmare.

Has anyone tried to organize a boycott of her newspaper(s)?

9:21 AM  
Blogger theaverageman said...

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9:43 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I'm 3,000 miles away, and I haven't bought a newspaper in many, many years (with the internets and tubes, who needs to kill trees?), so I can't join in.

But you guys have my support. Tell Wendy I'm on to her.

12:37 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to KSBY, the ACLU is offering legal help to the businesses that were threatened by McCaw's attorney.

6:06 PM  
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