Archive for the ‘robert gibbs’ Category

Limbaugh Bristles at Obama Remark

January 26, 2009

By GottaLaff


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Remember this Obama quote? “You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done.” Well, well, guess who’s unruly, greasy little feathers are ruffled?

Asked about the comment today during his daily briefing, press secretary Robert Gibbs smiled as a reporter noted that “he’s live on the air.”

Tell him I said, ‘Hi,'” Gibbs joked. […]

On his show, Limbaugh mocked Obama for failing to live up to his promises.

Now this is the great unifier,” Limbaugh said. “This is the man who’s going to unify everybody and usher in a new era of bipartisanship and love.” […]

He’s obviously more frightened of me than he is Mitch McConnell. He’s more frightened of me, then he is of say, John Boehner, which doesn’t say much about our party,” Limbaugh said on the radio program.

Yeah, President Obama, who ran one of the toughest, most successful campaigns ever, who one-upped the smeariest, slimiest, verminous opponents imaginable, is a-scared of that impotent, oversized Bloviator-In-Chief, Radio-Active, Fathead-O’-The-Airwaves Oxy McLimpDong.

Time for your meds, Rush.

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Hazing the New Press Secretary

January 26, 2009

Poor Gibby. via Oliver.

Obama Talks Economy With Saudi King

January 23, 2009

AFP: US President Barack Obama on Friday spoke by telephone with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Canada’s leader Stephen Harper as well as Saudi King Abdullah, the White House said.
Press spokesman Robert Gibbs gave no details of the conversations which were Obama’s first with the three key US allies since he took office on Tuesday.
But a spokesman for the British prime minister’s office told AFP: “They spoke about the economy, the Middle East and other international issues. The tone of the conversation was friendly and substantive.”

Why that call may have happened so soon:

Reuters: The call to Abdullah coincided with the publication of an article by Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former Saudi intelligence chief and ambassador to the United States, warning Obama the United States was putting Saudi ties at risk with its stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In an article on the Financial Times website, Turki said former President George W. Bush had left a “sickening legacy” in the Middle East.
“If the U.S. wants to continue playing a leadership role in the Middle East and keep its strategic alliances intact — especially its ‘special relationship’ with Saudi Arabia — it will have to drastically revise its policies vis-a-vis Israel and Palestine,” Turki said.

Obama also talked to Abdullah about preventing weapons smuggling into Gaza

Gibbs Says He Isn’t Going to Talk About Pakistan Today

January 23, 2009

Swamp: There are reports from Pakistan that missiles, presumably from a U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV, have killed 10 people in that nation’s tribal region across the border from Afghanistan.

If these missiles were indeed fired from a U.S. aircraft, they would represent the first such strikes (that we know about) of President Barack Obama’s new administration.

Some Pakistanis had hoped the new U.S. president would halt those attacks started during the Bush Administration in which the CIA targets suspected al Qaeda and Taliban leaders. The strikes have reportedly sometimes killed innocent civilians, outraging many Pakistanis and prompting continual protests from the government.

It strikes me as odd that Obama would authorize a strike on Pakistan so soon. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this but according to Robert Gibbs, it won’t be today:

Chuck Todd To Gibbs: Would Obama Veto A Stimulus Bill If It Didn’t Have Republican Support?

January 23, 2009

I’m with JMM, Chuck Todd has been asking some pretty screwy questions.

Obama’s Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Gives First Conference

January 23, 2009

Gibbs announced that Obama will now be getting daily economic briefings. He also said Obama will keep his BlackBerry (such a non issue) Read more about the press conference here.

Here’s another update, Obama surprises the press, pops in to say hi and thanks them for not ripping Gibbs apart during his first press conference, to which one of the reporters then proceeded to try and get answers from Obama about one of his nominees. Read all about that here.

Assessing Robert Gibbs

January 22, 2009

By GottaLaff

MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer and Blonde Co-Anchorette just now on Robert Gibbs first presser:

“It was pretty contentious.”
“It was a feisty group.”
“If you thought the press was going easy on Obama…”

Judging by time invested, President Obama’s Blackberry is apparently very important to the press.

Switching to CNN… Wolf Blitzer:

“…by no means easy.”
“On some questions, he did pretty well. On others, he was dodging.”

Wolf is harping on the re-swearing-in with no cameras aka The Big Controversy. Yeah, that’s important when the Middle East is exploding and our economy is in tatters. Good job, Corporate Media!

On the substantive issues, Wolf says, Gibbs did very well and was well-informed.

CNN Anchorette thought the questions were too soft today. Ed Henry says Gibbs dodged on Bin Laden. He’s also all over William Lynn, a former lobbyist, being part of the Obama administration.

Yep, the Librul Media is in Obama’s back pocket. It’s so obvious, isn’t it?

Robert Gibbs’s First Briefing: Minute-By-Minute

January 22, 2009

By GottaLaff

If you’d like a thorough, but subjective, interpretation of Robert Gibb’s first briefing, which is still in progress, go here.

He is answering all questions calmly, reasonably, as you’d expect. I’ve been preoccupied with music conversions confounding my computer and my little pea brain, so I haven’t been able to give him my full attention.

Here are some samples:

1:46 pm GIBBS is asked the re-swearing in by Chuck Todd; did Obama re-sign the executive order. GIBBS apologizes to Mark Knoller for saying that there was no discussion about re-doing the oath. There was discussion later in the afternoon about one word…. GIBBS mentions that there was two times in history previously when this happened. Chuck and GIBBS go back and forth. GIBBS repeats “abundance of caution” a lot of times. That seems to be the talking point. “Abundance of caution.” “Abundance of caution.” “Abundance of caution.” Chuck asks Gibbs “Why didn’t you show the word this?” GIBBS: “Let’s be clear. You just mentioned the audio. I was there. We took a print pool in there. We released a photograph from the White House. We think it was done in a way that was upfront and transparent and we think we also did it in a way…” Abundance of caution. […]

1:54: Henry asks about the dep. sec. defense/Raytheon lobbyist William Lynn and Obama’s lobbying policy? GIBBS: “Experts laud the steps that the President took yesterday….that that exceeds what any administration has previously done in the history of the country….that’s what he did yesterday. Those same excerpts that lauded the greatest ethical standard ever administered to the executive branch also believe that any standard is not perfect, that a waiver process that allows people to serve their country, is necessary.”

2:04: Helen Thomas asks if the President is against torture. GIBBS: “Yes.”

Obama’s Busy First Day

January 22, 2009

After attending prayer service at the National Cathedral, Obama got to work.

Obama requested Guantanamo war crimes prosecutions to be suspended, pending review. This is considered a first step to closing the facility.

He made calls Middle East leaders this morning: King Abdullah of Jordan, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

He read a letter left to him from Bush:

CNN: Obama arrived in the Oval Office at 8:35 a.m., according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. The president spent 10 minutes alone in the office, reading a note left for him in the desk by outgoing President George W. Bush. The note had been placed in an envelope marked “To: .44, From: .43?.

There were some kinks, very, very minor ones:

CNN: When reporters arrived at the White House around 5 am today, the door to the press office was locked, and the press office phone lines went directly to a busy signal. The lights in the White House residence and West Wing were on, but there were no other signs of anyone.

Just before 6 am, the press office door was unlocked. Each empty office had a paper handwritten sign attached to the door or desk with the name of the anticipated occupant, like Bill Burton, Ben LaBolt and Dan Pfeiffer. Some names were misspelled. Later, the doors were locked again.

Around 7:30am David Axelrod was seen entering the West Wing with a couple of boxes in hand. An usher could be seen in the window of the White House residence moving from one room to another.

He announced senior staff pay would be frozen for those making more than $100,000.
He vowed that transparency and an honest government would be the rule.

He announced new lobbying rules.
He met with military leaders to discuss withdrawing from Iraq.
And Hillary was confirmed.

January 22, 2009

Internet powerhouse sues Barack Obama�s press secretary for defamation, also names Fox News, New York Times

Andy Martin appeared on the most important broadcast of the 2008 campaign. For his efforts he was smeared by the New York Times, vilified by Fox News and targeted by Barack Obama�s mud merchants. Martin fights back with a lawsuit that tells the full story of his appearance on Hannity�s America and the aftermath of the program in America�s Hard Left mainstream media.

Internet powerhouse and Obama author Andy Martin files suit against Barack Obama�s press secretary, the New York Times and Fox News for smears and distortions

ANDY MARTIN
Executive Editor
ContrarianCommentary.com

�Factually Correct, Not
Politically Correct�

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ATTENTION DAYBOOK/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THURSDAY NEWS CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO

INTERNET POWERHOUSE ANDY MARTIN SUES NEW YORK TIMES FOR FALSE ACCUSATIONS OF ANTI-SEMITISM AND TIMES ATTEMPTS TO DESTROY THE ONLY AUTHOR BARACK OBAMA FEARS

OBAMA�S PRESS SECRETARY IS ALSO NAMED AS A DEFENDANT FOR SPEWING FALSE CLAIMS ABOUT MARTIN.

FOX NEWS EXECUTIVES SUED FOR SMEARING ANDY WITH A �DISINVITATION� TO THE MOST IMPORTANT MEDIA PRESENTATION OF THE 2008 CAMPAIGN

(CHICAGO)(January 21, 2009) Internet powerhouse Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference Thursday, January 22nd to announce that he has filed a defamation lawsuit against Barack Obama�s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, Fox News and the New York Times for smearing him with a number of false and deliberately misleading accusations.

�Sean Hannity presented the defining media event of the 2008 campaign,� Martin will state. �His presentation on Hannity�s America October 5th was the first coherent discussion of Barack Obama�s links to anti-American radicals and miscreants.

�The validity of my claim concerning the significance of the program is confirmed by the vehemence of the response by the Hard Left media. Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times was ordered to smear me; he took facts out of context, spoke to my enemies but not friends and deliberately portrayed me in a false light. Rutenberg himself admitted I was targeted by the Hard Left.

�Instead of standing up for a crusading investigative writer, Rupert Murdoch tried to throw me under the bus as part of his effort to grovel for Obama. Murdoch and his munchkin�s behavior was despicable. The behavior of the New York Times� smear campaign was part of a year-long smear-and-destroy effort by the Times and its law firms to discredit me.

�The Washington Post also published an extensive investigative piece on my writing. They were never sued, nor are they going to be. They focused on the 2008 campaign, not on an irrelevant 25 year-old lawsuit that had no bearing on 2008, and in which I was a tragic victim, not a perpetrator. The Washington Post was well within the bounds of political journalism; the New York Times was not. Maybe that�s why the Times required a Mexican bailout this week.

�For over forty (40) years I have been exposing corruption in Illinois, nationally, and internationally. My investigative efforts have irritated people in power and landed my name on three presidential enemies� lists, Nixon�s, Bush II�s and Obama�s. To paraphrase FDR, I am proud of the enemies I have made.

�The Hard Left in this county is rapidly consolidating its control over the mainstream media, including now the Fox News Channel. Rupert Murdoch has capitulated to Obama. Sean Hannity is the �Last of the Mohicans.�

�When ContrarianCommentary.com landed an investigative task force in Honolulu last October, we were the first investigators to probe Barack Obama�s family history in depth. Based on that research we believe that �Obama� is not even his real name or provenance. Rather, �Obama� was a construct created by Frank Marshall Davis to conceal his fatherhood of Ann Dunham�s baby. Interestingly, Obama has never denied this claim.

�My book �Obama: The Man Behind The Mask,� remains the �bible� on Obama-the-unknown. No one has seen Obama�s college report cards; they may list him as a foreign student or Muslim, seeking �affirmative action� relief. No one has seen Obama�s original 1961 birth certificate; he continues to obstruct access through corrupt Hawai�i officials. Obama is just as much of a man of mystery today as he was on the day he spoke to the Democratic National Convention in 2004. We continue the fight to publish the facts about Mr. Obama.

�Barry Obama-Davis may have fooled a majority of last year�s voters. He has not fooled me. Robert Gibbs� sleazy attempt to smear me, to draw attention from Obama�s terrorist links, was despicable.

�I will not allow Obama and his crew to smear me with false accusations of anti-Semitism 25 years old, or other libels based on 35 year-old episodes that are also taken out context.

�People who are hostile to American values control the media today; these individuals will be held accountable when the truth about Obama finally comes out. In the meantime, my lawsuit will defend my honesty, independence, integrity and professionalism as an author and investigator. ContrarianCommentary.com was the #1 political blog last year, as evidenced by attacks from the Hard Left. We continue to lead in 2009,� Martin will state.

The lawsuit will be posted on Martin�s blogs beginning January 21st.

NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS:

WHO:

Internet Powerhouse and national anti-Obama leader, Author/Editor/Internet Columnist Andy Martin

WHAT:

National anti-Obama leader Andy Martin files suit against Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs, Fox News and the New York Times for false accusations of anti-Semitism.

WHERE:

Southeast corner of Huron and Wabash Streets, Chicago

WHEN: Thursday, January 22, 2009; 1:00 P. M.

MEDIA CONTACT: (866) 706-2639; CELL (917) 664-9329

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Please give generously. Our ability to fight and defeat Barack Obama is directly dependent on the generosity of every American.
�The Committee of One Million to Defeat Barack Obama has no bundlers, fat cats or illegal contributions. Obama is opposed to everything America stands for,” says Executive Director Andy Martin. “But while Obama has raised almost a billion dollars, and is continuing to raise money, his opponents have raised virtually nothing. Americans can either contribute now, or pay later. If we do not succeed, Obama will.”
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Andy Martin is a legendary Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. He has over forty years of broadcasting experience in radio and television. He is currently based in New York promoting his best-selling book, Obama: The Man Behind The Mask. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

Martin comments on regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York.

His columns are also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com.
MEDIA CONTACT: (866) 706-2639 or CELL (917) 664-9329
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� Copyright by Andy Martin 2009.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR DUPAGE COUNTY, ILLINOIS

IN CHANCERY

No. 2009MR000111

Status Date: 5/20/09

Assigned to: 2005

ANDY MARTIN,

Plaintiff,

v.

ROBERT GIBBS,
JIM RUTENBERG,
NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY,
ARTHUR OCHS SULZBERGER, JR.,
GAIL COLLINS,
RUPERT MURDOCH,
WILLIAM SHINE,
KEITH OLBERMANN,
RANDY SCHULTZ,
JENNER & BLOCK,
DAVID P. SANDERS,
TOM SLADE,

Defendants.
____________________________/

COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY JUDGMENT AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF

Preliminary Statement
Perhaps the most dramatic media moment of the 2008 presidential campaign was an edition of Hannity�s America on Fox News Channel that laid out with some coherence the questions about Barack Obama�s secret past. The Hannity program elicited an explosive response from the hard left media in America, and prompted the New York Times (�Times�) to run two stories.
The Times� false and malicious reporting in turn triggered an ongoing orgy of left-wing media attacks on Plaintiff, none of these reports having any factual or legal validity as to their most incendiary claims. And, in a �no good deed goes unpunished� category, Fox News then �disinvited� Plaintiff from his appearance on the program as an appeasement to Barack Obama by Rupert Murdoch.

[COUNT ONE]
[COMMON LAW DEFAMATION]
1. Jurisdiction and venue
a. This court has general common law jurisdiction to hear and determine the matters presented.
b. Venue is proper in DuPage County. Plaintiff is based in Illinois.
2. Factual allegations
a. The parties
A. The Plaintiff
1) Plaintiff has been a controversial writer for over forty (40) years.
2) In 2004, Plaintiff wrote of Barack Obama that Obama had a Muslim family background. That claim was objectively true. Despite the fact that the claim is objectively true, and that Obama�s own �family� has repeatedly admitted to Muslin adherence, the defendants have relentlessly attacked Plaintiff and claimed that Obama�s past religious heritage is a �rumor.�
3) Plaintiff first sued the New York Times in early 2008 after the Times published a magazine piece saying Plaintiff�s Muslim claims had been �debunked.� Plaintiff�s claims have never at any time been debunked. They were and remain completely true, factual and accurate. Plaintiff has amended his claims to reflect his subsequent belief that Barack Obama’s real, i.e. biological, father was/is Frank Marshall Davis, but that hypothesis awaits blood tests to be fully proven. Nevertheless, anyone who believes Barack Obama, Sr. is President Barack Obama, Jr.�s. father is bound by the Muslim history of senior.
4) Defendants Jenner and Sanders appeared before a judge in secret, and proceeded to argue their defenses at a time when they were aware that Plaintiff was across the hall in the same courthouse and Plaintiff was unaware of the scheduled Times hearing being orchestrated by Jenner and Sanders. Ex parte communication is illegal; when a lawyer schemes to conduct an ex parte proceeding that is grossly illegal. Jenner and Sanders were acting illegally to further the interests of defendant Sulzberger and the New York Times.
4) Plaintiff was contacted by Fox News Channel at some point during the summer of 2008. The originally scheduled interview between Fox and Plaintiff was cancelled due to the New Orleans hurricane. Eventually Fox contacted Plaintiff and asked if he would be available during the week of September 29, 2008.
5) Since 2004, Plaintiff has conducted extensive, continuing research on Mr. Obama and his secretive past. Even today, as this lawsuit is filed and Obama sits in the White House, large areas of Obama�s life remain unknown. Obama has concealed his original birth certificate, he has concealed his college records and he has never been examined thoroughly on his links to William Ayers, America�s most notorious domestic terrorist, or Khalid Al-Mansour, a virulent opponent of White America.
6) With regard to Ayers in particular, Obama�s brief responses have been false and misleading. For example, he once referred to Ayers as a �someone in the neighborhood� when the Ayers/Obama relationship was much more extensive.
7) Liberal (hard left) media such as the Times and others were intent on smearing Plaintiff and destroying the sale of his book, Obama: The Man Behind The Mask.
B. The defendants
1) Robert Gibbs is sued in his private capacity as press secretary of the Obama for President Campaign.
2) Jim Rutenberg is a reporter for the New York Times.
3) The New York Times Company is a failing media enterprise that was recently bailed out by a Mexican billionaire.
4) Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. controls the majority of stockholder votes at the New York Times and acts as publisher.
5) Gail Collins is an employee of the New York Times.
6) Rupert Murdoch is a powerful media baron who swings with the political winds. He has been pro and anti-Clinton, and pro and anti-Obama. Plaintiff was apparently caught in one of Murdoch’s swings from right to left and from being anti-Obama to genuflecting at the feet of the next president. Murdoch controls the Fox News Channel, which is generally considered a �conservative� media outlet, although Murdoch has been quoted as saying he dislikes some of the conservatives on his own channel.
7) William Shine is a Vice president at Fox News.
8) Keith Olbermann is a �hard left� host on MSNBC, a �liberal� media outlet.
9) Randy Schultz is a hard left commentator for the Palm Beach Post.
10) David P. Sanders is a partner at Jenner & Block.
11) Tom Slade is an influence peddler in Tallahassee who formerly headed the Florida Republican Party.
b. The Facts Giving Rise to This Lawsuit
A. Plaintiff was interviewed by Fox News from New York. Fox had carefully prepared a list of questions for Plaintiff, and Plaintiff supplied his answers from the Fox News studio in Chicago.
B. Plaintiff presented his own views, opinions and conclusions concerning Mr. Obama and his associates. With all due respect, the Hannity program was the only coherent mainstream media presentation during the campaign that even attempted to place all of Obama�s lacunae in some sort of order.
C. The day following the Fox program the New York Times reported that Plaintiff �came under strong attack from liberals on Monday,� see attached Exhibit A. Although Rutenberg’s reporting was defamatory in some areas, Rutenberg�s report clearly indicated he had come under pressure to publish a story. Rutenberg wrote �Many noted that the Republican Party of Florida decided against backing his bid�� Rutenberg never disclosed who the �many� were who had contacted him. The claim that the Republican Party had not supported him in 1996 was objectively false and totally irrelevant to 2008. Nevertheless, because the false claims Rutenberg made were peripheral to the story, Plaintiff did not immediately threaten a libel lawsuit.
D. On October 8th defendant Gibbs attacked Sean Hannity, accusing Hannity of consorting with an �anti-Semite,� namely Plaintiff. Gibbs screamed on national television that Plaintiff was an anti-Semite.
D. On October 13, 2008 Rutenberg published a second article, which solidified Plaintiff�s belief that Hannity�s program had been the critical point of the mainstream media campaign. Rutenberg, apparently acting under pressure from someone again, sought to portray Plaintiff in a false light:
1) Rutenberg said Plaintiff �was blocked in the 1970�s after a psychiatric finding�� As Rutenberg had been told, Plaintiff has never seen a psychiatrist in his life. Plaintiff was interviewed for perhaps sixty seconds, possibly ninety seconds, by someone at U. S. Army draft station, who excused plaintiff from service after that person learned Plaintiff had filed a lawsuit challenging the draft. The “draft physical” was itself a form of Illinois Supreme Court harassment, because Plaintiff told Rutenberg that Plaintiff already held an Honorable Discharge from the U. S. Air Force Reserve and thus was not subject to being drafted. Rutenberg also withheld that fact, so as to make his false psychiatric claim appear more credible. The entire draft physical exchange took perhaps a minute, perhaps a minute and a half, and involved no psychiatric examination of any kind. The Illinois Supreme Court clearly disclosed the source of this silly claim, although the Court still misused the draft physical to retaliate against Plaintiff for being part of a team that helped remove two corrupt Illinois Supreme Court judges in 1969. Thus, Rutenberg�s �report� was not even a fair synopsis of what the Illinois Supreme Court had written.
2) Had Rutenberg told his readers the facts about the �psychiatric finding,� which was no finding at all, instead of placing Plaintiff in a false light, most people would have laughed at Rutenberg’s reporting and would have seen his claims for the transparent smear they were.
3) Rutenberg quoted Tom Slade at length. Slade is one of the legendary influence peddlers of Florida politics. While Slade himself smeared Plaintiff in 1996, the Republican Party at no time voted any attack on Plaintiff. Rutenberg tried to convey the false impression, after being fully advised of the facts, that Slade�s personal attacks constituted an attack by the Party, when that claim was objectively false. Thus, in both the Florida Party and �psychiatric� matters, Rutenberg published false and misleading claims after being advised of the objective facts; as such his action was intentional and reckless. Rutenberg also created false facts of his own. He claimed that Plaintiff had been the subject of a �spitefully written by an evaluator� report, when Plaintiff has never made any such claim. Rutenberg taped his interviews with Plaintiff, so the tapes are the best evidence of what was said by each.
4) Rutenberg falsely suggested that Plaintiff had admitted to being an anti-Semite. He quoted Plaintiff, out of context, as saying �The record speaks for itself.� Plaintiff had denied any claims of anti-Semitism, and that record does speak for itself, not the contrary impression Rutenberg sought to convey.
E. Rutenberg’s false reporting about Plaintiff created a media firestorm, as Gibbs and Obama tried to shift attention from Obama�s own terrorist links to an obscure lawsuit in which Plaintiff was a party over a quarter of a century ago:
1) Defendant Olbermann called Plaintiff a �transparent nut job� based on Rutenberg�s misinformation about Plaintiff�s �draft physical.�
2) Defendant Collins accused Plaintiff of �filing lawsuits laced with paranoia and anti-Semitism.�
3) Rupert Murdoch, who was seeking to appease Obama, sent his underling, defendant Shine, out to the Washington Post�s Howard Kurtz to smear Plaintiff and call interviewing Plaintiff a mistake. Murdoch�s sensitivity to Obama may be enhanced by the fact that Murdoch himself has mixed-race children. Plaintiff�s professional integrity and competence was attacked by Shine on the basis of an unrelated lawsuit a quarter-century ago. It was despicable behavior by Fox News.
4) Despite the fact that Sulzberger�s company had already been sued once for defaming Plaintiff, Sulzberger failed to exercise any care or control over the pressures placed on Rutenberg to repeatedly defame Plaintiff.
5) Gibbs� accusations against Plaintiff were objectively false, as any jury would determine, and were intended to shift attention from Obama�s links to anti-Americans such as William Ayers and Khalid Al-Mansour.
3. Legal claim
a. Plaintiff was indeed involved in an unpleasant bankruptcy case over 25 years ago. He was an innocent man who was politically kidnapped and, while absent, had his property stolen.
b. The law protects claims made in lawsuits pursuant to the judicial privilege because claims in lawsuits are often painful, outrageous and based on partial information at the pleading stage.
c. Plaintiff�s claim that he was the victim of racial bigotry was a claim that was later found to be cognizable legal theory in a subsequent decision by the U. S. Supreme Court, Shaare Tefila v. Cobb, 481 U.S. 615 (1987).
d. The claim that plaintiff is an anti-Semite or anti-Semitic is false. Plaintiff became involuntarily embroiled in a controversy in Connecticut over which he had no control because he was the innocent victim of a political kidnapping by corrupt individuals in Illinois.
e. The defendants herein, moreover, were seeking to use a 25 year-old lawsuit to claim that Plaintiff is an anti-Semite. Obviously, placed in context, unpleasant but factual allegations from a 25 year-old lawsuit would have little or no influence on any member of the public. The claim that someone somehow is currently an anti-Semite could be a matter of concern.
f. Although Plaintiff is clearly a public figure, defendants clearly acted with reckless disregard for the truth and with actual malice to defame Plaintiff based on political pressure directed at the New York Times and its employees.
g. Defendants Jenner & Block and Sanders were similarly trying to smear Plaintiff by arranging to appear ex parte before a judge on behalf of the New York Times, so they could defame Plaintiff at a time when he was not there to defend himself. Such secret proceedings were scurrilous and unlawful.
h. By way of comparison, The Washington Post published a long article based on �research� about Plaintiff�s status as an Internet powerhouse. The Post was also the original source of Rutenberg’s claims from Danielle Allen, another Obama operative. The Post never saw fit to mention the irrelevant 25 year-old claims. Plaintiff has never sued the Washington Post. When defendant Shine says that an old lawsuit was a basis to exclude Plaintiff from being interviewed, he is engaging in a transparent smear which was not recognized by the Washington Post itself.
i. Plaintiff stands by all of the claims he made in his Fox News interview. Plaintiff�s claims were based on extensive and continuing inquiry, and further based on reasonable inferences drawn from the available evidence concerning Barack Obama�s secret life which, to this date, has never seen the light of day. Obama may be president, but he is still �The Man Behind The Mask.� Plaintiff is continuing to pursue the truth about Obama, as are other writers such as David Maraniss.
4. Demand for judgment
Plaintiff sues and demands declaratory judgment and injunctive relief as follows:
a. Declaratory and injunctive relief that the reporting by the defendant Times and Rutenberg was false and defamatory, and the subsequent comments by other defendants based on that false reporting were similarly false and defamatory.
b. Ancillary money damages in an amount not to exceed $50,000 on all counts, with the total recovery in this action from all defendants limited to $50,000.

[COUNT TWO]
[FALSE LIGHT]
1-2. Plaintiff repeats and realleges Paragraphs 1-2 of Count One and further pleads:
3. Legal claim
a. The common law of Illinois recognizes the tort of �false light.�
b. Had Rutenberg told his readers the truth about Plaintiff�s �finding,� his own professional integrity would have been compromised. Rutenberg sought to falsely portray Plaintiff as someone with a psychiatric history, when Plaintiff has never received any mental health investigation or treatment. No adult who was alive in the 1960�s and 70�s would do anything but laugh if they were told Rutenberg was basing his accusations on a 60-second Army draft physical.
c. Likewise, although Rutenberg was told the Republican Party had never attacked Plaintiff, because of the Party’s need for procedural sue process and the Florida Party�s own Constitution, Rutenberg sought to portray Slade�s smears as being authorized by a vote of the party, when Rutenberg was aware that claim was false.
d. Rutenberg similarly sought to portray Plaintiff as being against �Jews.� Plaintiff did indeed disparage the corrupt lawyers and judges in the bankruptcy and district courts in Connecticut, all of whom with one exception were unfortunately Jewish, but he did so based on their specific misconduct in a lawsuit. All of his accusations were factually based. Once again, Rutenberg was seeking to portray the impression that Plaintiff is anti-Semitic because of claims made in a 25 year-old lawsuit. Exposing and opposing bigotry does not become bigotry merely because the wrongdoers happen to be predominantly Jewish.
4. Demand for judgment
Plaintiff sues and demands declaratory judgment and injunctive relief as follows:
a. Declaratory and injunctive relief that the reporting by the defendant Times and Rutenberg was false and defamatory, and the subsequent comments by other defendants based on that false reporting were similarly false and defamatory.
b. Ancillary money damages in an amount not to exceed $50,000 on all counts, with the total recovery in this action from all defendants limited to $50,000.
Dated: January 21, 2009

Respectfully submitted,

ANDY MARTIN
NATIONAL LITIGATION CENTER
P. O. Box 1851
New York, NY 10150-1851
Toll-free tel. (866) 706-2639
Toll-free fax (866) 707-2639
E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com (text only)

Additional courtesy copy requested to:
ANDY MARTIN
REGIONAL LITIGATION SUPPORT
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Chicago, IL 60611-4723

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