Andy Martin sues New York Times for libel over "Obama" attacks
2008-04-05 07:21:49 - Martin says Bill Clinton was wrong: Obama does not peddle fairy tales some of the time; Obama peddles fairy tales all of the time. Chicago media are embarrassed by Martin's cutting-edge commentary. Local newspapers act like Chamber of Commerce newsletters for Obama's illusions and delusions. (hmm - getting pretty close to a psych diagnosis, eh?)
'Factually Correct, Not
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ATTENTION DAYBOOK/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS
ANNOUNCEMENT OF CHICAGO NEWS CONFERENCE APRIL 9, 2008
"OBAMA" REMARKS IN NEW YORK TIMES PROMPT LIBEL LAWSUIT BY ANDY MARTIN
"IT IS TIME FOR THE LIBERAL MEDIA ESTABLISHMENT TO STOP LYING ABOUT BARACK OBAMA, AND ABOUT ME," SAYS ANDY MARTIN
"NOW THE NEW YORK TIMES AND ITS ACOLYTES CAN TELL THEIR 'FAIRY TALES' TO A JUDGE."
(CHICAGO)(April 5, 2008) Chicago-based Obama expert and Internet columnist Andy Martin will hold a 4:00 P.M. Chicago news conference Wednesday, April 9th, to announce that he has sued the New York Times, John Wiley & Sons and Farhad Manjoo for defaming him by publishing claims that Martin published "rumors" about Senator Barack Obama's Muslim "roots" that have been "debunked." The Dallas Morning News will also be named as a defendant.
"On March 25th I sent the New York Times, John Wiley & Sons, the Dallas Morning News and Farhad Manjoo a libel notice. They have not responded. Now I will take them to court in Illinois to make them respond for publishing lies about me and fairy tales about Barry Obama.
"Almost four years ago I published a cutting-edge commentary accurately disclosing Barack Obama's Muslim family heritage. That commentary is now generally acknowledged as the Plymouth Rock of truth-telling about Obama's lies, prevarications, evasions and endless stream of excuses, explanations and distortions concerning his past and present.
"My ongoing commentaries have trigged a continuing national dialog on Obama, Islam and the nature of religion in American politics. My 2004 prediction that Obama was fearful of a Jewish backlash has been corroborated in 2008. Fairly or unfairly, many American Jews are concerned. Likewise, Christians are shocked and dismayed by the jeremiads of Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
"My original column has been criticized because it was too brief. Too conclusory. Too summary. Too popular. But the claims in that column have stood the test of time. They were clearly only part of a companion news conference. More importantly, my original column and the steady stream of investigative commentary that has followed in its wake have ripped open the curtain of secrecy Obama uses to evade searching inquiry of his past and present. Bill Clinton was criticized in South Carolina for claming Obama dealt in 'fairy tales.' Clinton was only half-right. Obama is almost totally and completely a 'fairy tale' and a fabrication of the mainstream media.
"Since 2004 I have correctly predicted many of the twists and turns in the Obama journey. When the media said over a year ago Obama's religion was 'closed' as an issue, I begged to differ. www.contrariancommentary.com/community/Home/tabid/36/mid/363/new ... The issue of Obama and religion is going to run, run, run right down to November 4th.
"Along the way, I have humiliated the news media in Chicago. Chicago's print media have been, and largely continue to be, trained seals for Obama's circus. They seek to avoid and evade any unpleasant truths about their local 'franchise.' They scramble for crumbs from Obama's table.
"It was my writing that first pierced the veil of secrecy that Obama imposed on his extensive links to Tony Rezko. The full truth about Rezko is still not known. Stay tuned.
"Likewise, starting with incomplete information in 2004
we managed to slowly drag tidbits of the truth from Obama about his religious history.
"We published a 'Psychological Profile' of Obama in 2007. A year later that analysis is still the gold standard in comprehending Obama's troubled psyche. www.contrariancommentary.com/community/Home/tabid/36/mid/363/new ..
"Newsweek recently put it slightly differently, " The choice [of Barack vs. Barry] is part of his almost lifelong quest for identity and belonging-to figure out who he is, and how he fits into the larger American tapestry."
"But at the end of the day, facts are facts. For the Times to claim my facts had been 'debunked' is a lie. The Liberal Media Establishment is relentlessly trying to undermine my news operations because we continue to expose and analyze Obama in a way no other media does. The media has tied to make me the issue, not Obama. But it's not working.
"My answer to these media attacks? I am taking the New York Times to court. Because I am a public figure I have to prove 'actual malice.' The term 'actual malice' is a technical legal expression that is misleading. 'Actual malice' does not mean maliciousness. It means 'reckless disregard of the truth.' In my opinion, the New York Times' attack on me was false, defamatory and libelous. The writer recklessly ignored the truth I have presented. Wednesday, April 9th we will file suit and ask a judge to determine who is right.
"In anticipation of the lawsuit, this weekend and next week we will be publishing an accelerated series of columns on Obama. We had previously promised 'Black Rage' next. But that topic will come in a slightly different sequence. Getting at the truth about Obama is not an easy job, because he wears a leaden mask to conceal his identity. Even Newsweek acknowledged that. The media pounce on anything and everyone they wish to suppress as part of their liberal agenda. But the battles continue. And we will prevail"
NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS:
WHO: Internet Columnist-Editor/media critic Andy Martin
WHERE: Southeast corner of Huron and Wabash Streets, Chicago
WHEN: Wednesday, April 9, 4:00 P. M.
CONTACT: (312) 440-4124
Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of www.ContrarianCommentary.com. © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin covers regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He has been a candidate for U. S. Senator from Illinois. www.AndyforUSSenator.com. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com. Comments? E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com. Add'l media contact: (866) 706-2639.
Too bad there aren't a few more journalists willing to keep the spotlight on Mr. Obama. Good work, Mr. Martin. MSM might stand to learn a bit from you.