Joseph Farah and the Worldnutdaily, represented by Larry Klayman (aka the worst lawyer in America), filed a lawsuit against Esquire for making fun of them and their birther bullshit. A federal judge has, unsurprisingly, dismissed that lawsuit and supported the First Amendment. You can read the full ruling here.
Shortly after the White House released President Obama’s birth certificate, Esquire published an obviously satirical article saying that Farah was pulling a book written by Jerome Corsi — it’s hard to tell which of those two men is more looney — about the issue. It said, in part:
In a stunning development one day after the release of Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President, by Dr. Jerome Corsi, World Net Daily Editor and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Farah has announced plans to recall and pulp the entire 200,000 first printing run of the book, as well as announcing an offer to refund the purchase price to anyone who has already bought either a hard copy or electronic download of the book.
In an exclusive interview, a reflective Farah, who wrote the book’s foreword and also published Corsi’s earlier best-selling work, Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak out Against John Kerry and Capricorn One: NASA, JFK, and the Great “Moon Landing” Cover-Up, said that after much serious reflection, he could not go forward with the project. “I believe with all my heart that Barack Obama is destroying this country, and I will continue to stand against his administration at every turn, but in light of recent events, this book has become problematic, and contains what I now believe to be factual inaccuracies,” he said this morning. “I cannot in good conscience publish it and expect anyone to believe it.”When asked if he had any plans to publish a corrected version of the book, he said cryptically, “There is no book.” Farah declined to comment on his discussions of the matter with Corsi.
Farah through quite a little temper tantrum about it and, with his trusty lawyer by his side, filed a $120 million lawsuit. The judge dismissed the case in the most predictable outcome imaginable:
The Blog Post contained an expression of views that communicated to members of the public in connection with an issue of public interest, i.e., the dispute over whether President Obama qualifies by birthright to be President of the United States. Having become such well-known proponents of one position on the issue, Plaintiffs cannot complain that the very intensity of their advocacy also became part of the public debate. Those who speak with
loud voices cannot be surprised if they become part of the story.
The funny thing is that Farah himself told the Daily Caller an hour after the blog post went up that he knew it was a parody; that fact alone pretty much destroys their case. Klayman is unhappy about the ruling, of course. Hey Larry, isn’t it about time you got sanctioned by yet another court for incompetence and defrauding clients?