Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Last week I watched a webcast for my CLE, certain it would be a big yawn. But an interesting lawyer spoke about how corporate clients should handle unfavorable blog postings and comments on the internet.
His sage, nay prescient advice? Leave bad enough alone and, in most cases, put down the big stick, oh ye who feel grieviously harmed. Because a heavy-handed response almost always backfires. Almost always.
When what to my wandering eyes should appear, but a miniature TSA agent and one burgeoning blogging deer.
After Amy Alkon endured an excruciatingly invasive, we'll-show-you-who's-boss-you-loathesome-ignorant-citizen "pat-down" at LAX (now, those adjectives are just my opinion), Amy demanded to know the TSA agent's name and exclaimed, "You raped me!"
Moreover, Amy told the TSA agent that she'd raped her IN A LOUD VOICE. AT THE AIRPORT. IN FULL VIEW OF THE TRAVELING PUBLIC. And, Amy SOBBED. LOUDLY. Can you believe it? The nerve! Oh, the ravishing, rapturous nerve!
Then, (after consulting a lawyer and being told she likely had no legal recourse -- sovereign immunity and the sheep mentality would be my guess) Amy took the First Amendment into her own hands. And by God, she blogged about it.
And that would have been that. Except our TSA heroine Thedala Magee hired a tiny law deer. (My opinion -- just my opinion!)
Ms. Magee then proceeded to demand $500,000.00 from blogger Amy, begat and issued henceforth a "cease and desist" letter, and threatened to sue her for defamation IN A COURT OF LAW.
Thedala, Thedala! You're breaking my heart. You're shaking my confidence daily. Once snuggled up anonymously in your warm government cocoon, safe and obscure with a government pension waiting, you've gone and thrust yourself sharply into the blinding glare of Google, the cold public eye. The horror, the horror. How harsh the bright lights.
Still, 'tis better, my dear, than a putrid, public, labia-parting, full-bore, hands-on genital inspection by a government power-hound. Of that you can be sure.
So, umm, cheers, Thedala. Cheers.
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