On Tuesday, we brought you word that Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder decided to use the Washington Post op-ed pages as a venue to remind everyone that he’s suing the Washington City Paper for cataloging how awful he is in Dave McKenna’s “Cranky Redskin Fan’s Guide to Dan Snyder” — an article that wouldn’t have gotten the attention it has if Snyder had sucked it up and done nothing.
I have a pretty dim view of Snyder’s decision in terms of P.R. — and I am not alone in that regard. Nor am I alone in the belief that the legal claims are worthy of disregard. For example, Snyder had contended that the City Paper literally implied that he used Agent Orange defoliant when McKenna wrote “going all Agent Orange on federally protected lands.” Snyder doesn’t understand metaphor, he doesn’t understand the “Streisand Effect,” and he doesn’t understand that Washington, D.C. has tougher laws to prevent Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation than New York, where he has moved the trial from. What kind of advice is he getting?
Actually, that’s a funny story! Here’s a tidbit you can dig out of Paul Farhi’s article about Snyder’s suit in today’s Washington Post: