Birds of a wingnut feather flock together, it seems. The New American, the house organ of the John Birch Society, lavishes praise on Gordon Klingenschmitt. Most amusingly, they praise him for standing up to Right Wing Watch for the terrible sin of quoting him verbatim and showing him saying bizarre and extreme things.
Klingenschmitt was also probably remembering his fight with Right Wing Watch (RWW), the vicious political action arm of the Leftist organization People for the American Way which took excerpts from his TV show and republished them, unedited, except for changing the titles. Those titles were designed to make Klingenschmitt appear radical if not certifiable.
He posted notices of infringement at their YouTube sites and those videos offensive to Klingenschmitt were temporarily removed. He posted those notices, he said, “because I got tired of their theft, copyright infringement and piracy of my original video content.” He continued, “They don’t add any value to the content. They simply steal and copy and post with their own logo. They are not a legitimate news organization.”
Typical of the retitling of some of Klingenschmitt’s shows include these:
Klingenschmitt Declares that ENDA [the Employment Non-Discrimination Act supported by several pro-LGBT advocacy groups] Promotes BestialityKlingenschmitt Says Wendy Davis [a Texas politician who supports same-sex marriage] Is Ruled By A “Demon of Murder”
Yes, typical because he actually said those things. They provided the actual video and transcripts of him doing so, which led to this:
When RWW pushed back against Klingenschmitt’s successful, if temporary, removal of the offensive YouTube posts, Klingenschmitt sought legal advice. His decision not to sue gave a measure of the man:
My lawyers believe they [RWW] are vulnerable. They said I should sue them, but I don’t want to do that right now because I don’t want to hurt them. My goal is only to defend my content.
No, see, it wasn’t successful precisely because it was temporary. YouTube automatically pulls down video when someone files a copyright challenge, but each and every time once RWW had a chance to respond, they restored the videos because Klingenschmitt had no case. He’s lying when he says he didn’t want to sue. He simply doesn’t have a case. If he filed a copyright infringement suit, it would take about 8 seconds for the case to get dismissed because those videos clearly fall under the fair use doctrine.