Naked Capitalism Takes Shot Across Bow Of Washington Post
The war against “fake news” is in full swing and Naked Capitalism has fired the first shot at the mainstream media and government machines’ bow. As you recall the house quietly passed a bill to counter “Russian Propaganda” that essentially gives them the power to take down a website if they deem it to be fake “Russian Propaganda”. Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism has threatened to sue The Washington Post for defamation and has demanded a retraction and public apology.
The Washington Post wrote a hit piece about “Russian Propaganda” websites and cited a brand new site “PropOrNot” that claims to identify propaganda websites. PropOrNot wrongly targeted Naked Capitalism along with many other reputable sites such as ZeroHedge, InfoWars, Drudge Report.
In an unusual twist, Naked Capitalism bought the .org domain name out from under PropOrNot and published a competing spoof site with hopes of out-ranking the real site in search engine results pages.
As the lawyers like to say, res ipsa loquitur. Please tweet and circulate this letter widely. You will notice that our attorney Jim Moody is a seasoned litigator who has won cases before the Supreme Court. He has considerable experience in First Amendment and defamation actions. Past high profile representations include Westomoreland v. CBS and defending Linda Tripp.
I also hope, particularly for those of you who don’t regularly visit Naked Capitalism, that you’ll check out our related pieces that give more color to how the fact the Washington Post was taken for a ride by inept propagandists, particularly our introduction to our spoof PropOrNot.org site, which uses the PropOrNot project as an example of sorely deficient propaganda and shows where it went wrong, or the humor site itself. Be sure not to miss its FAQ.