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Two days ago, I posted a satirical story that detailed Bernard Berrian’s Twitter exchange with Minnesota state representative John Kriesel, a double-amputee veteran of the Iraq war. It didn’t make fun of Berrian; it was more critical of the way some media outlets blew the exchange out of proportion. I would link to it, except we’ve removed the post due to the threat of legal action.
How did our First Amendment right to free speech and satire get quashed? Well, that’s easy: we don’t have the sort of legal funds that can handle a frivolous lawsuit, so we pulled the post instead of standing up for our constitutional rights and getting sued for the trouble.
Here’s how it went down: before getting the cease-and-desist from from Berrian’s legal team, we received an email from Lindsey Deierling, VP of Publicity at EAG Sports (twitter page here). I won’t reprint her email here for legal reasons, but there was a lot of talk of “defamatory” a...