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Posted on 10/05/2011 2:32:15 PM PDT by Skepolitic
A Case, of Identity Thieving
Attention, young people!! I am writing, this column to inform you that, there is someone on the Internet who is FALSELY IMPERSONATING me, Totally Meghan McCain. This person, clearly not having been matriculated from a prestigious university like Colombia, as I had, is making me look like a TOTAL IDIOT. When I realized this, I was HORRIFIC. (PS Am I, the only one who realizes, that word is completely sexist? It, was probably invented by some pasty old white male Republican instead of being invented, by someone cool like my dad).
I am, so horrific in fact, have taken steps to have my name legally changed. It turns out some jerk already owns the name Totally Meghan OchoCinco, so I have decided to go with Totally Megan McKane, which is how, it should be spelled anyway (the silent I in McCain doesnt make any sense!)
It reminded me of the time I was watching TV one Saturday night, with a Republican insider (being the important person that I am being, I know Republicans insiders, some who I do not like, for instance Steve Schmidt, but some who are also totally sweet like Greg Sargent and Adam Serwer). I was not familiar with the, show on the television, but an old person in their thirties we were watching it with said it was something called Saturday Night Live.
Any ways. I was impressed, that this show actually had PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, performing, live in person, on their show, and that it was impressing that Obama took the time out of what must be a busy social schedule (on the weekend!), to help out, NBC with their ratings! Who says Obama does not care about jobs? Not me. However, it was confusing because the things, he was saying made NO SENSE and everyone in the audience kept, laughing at him, and he pretended not to care at all and finally I asked aloud whether no one, cared at all whether they hurt the Presidential feelings, and after about 30 minutes the old person said, Wait. Do you seriously think that is the REAL President Obama?
Of COURSE I thought it was the President, he was on TELEVISION. And he SAID he was President Obama. But it turns out it was NOT BARACK OBAMA AT ALL!! The old, person in the room started making excuses about, it being a joke and the FAKE BARACK OBAMA being an actor but, it did not cut ice with me. People, could have been fooled. In my America, the one the founding fathers like that one Paul Giamatta played in that miniseries (and hey, why hasnt that guy SUED PAUL GIAMATTA? It is a good thing, I am around to protect the important people of this country from identity, theft) founded, these sorts of things are ILLEGAL, and I know Barack Obama has done the same, thing I have, namingly, to hire a lawyer and demand that this actor STOP ILLEGALLY AND FALSELY IMPERSONATING HIM ON TELEVISION or else go to jail.
To continuing my point, this Meghan McCain actually had, the nerve to have a lawyer send a letter to, the good people of Red State.org, demanding that I stop impersonating her! Hello! Is my name, Totally Meghan McCain, a part of Meghan McCain? No. Is Meghan McCain a part of my name, Totally Meghan McCain? I think, as the old people say, that is QDE. Or putting it, in such a manner that independent, young voters who decide the next election, will understand, FACE!
Well guess what, Meghan McCain, if allegedly that your name is being, I know lawyers, too, as they are the thing you have to protect your right to tattoo and piercings. And here is the letter he is sending to your lawyer. The messaging here is clear, STOP BEING ILLEGAL. Hope you enjoy it!
Editors Note: Updated with most recent version of letter available for download as a PDF at the above link. (Dont worry, this one is just longer.)
Mr. Albin H. Gess, Esq.
Snell & Wilmer, LLP
600 Anton Boulevard, Suite 1400
Costa Mesa, California 92626-7689
RE: Totally, Meghan McCain
Your File: 55278.0003
My File: 1013.0001
Dear Mr. Gess:
The undersigned represents Leon Wolf, the author of the Totally Meghan McCain columns at RedState.com. Please direct all correspondence regarding this matter to me.
My client forwarded me your September 23, 2011 letter to Eric(sic) Ericson(sic) concerning the Totally Meghan McCain parodies at RedState.com. I confess that I first took the letter itself as a metatextual parody. To my surprise, on a re-reading, I discovered that you were apparently serious.
Initially, on the nominal merits of your letter: As I am sure you know, 47 U.S.C. § 230 completely immunizes any site that publishes my clients material from Federal or State liability, insofar as such liability is based solely on the fact that such site publishes his material. This would be true even were Mr. Wolf a paid employee of that website, as explained in Blumenthal v. Drudge, 992 F.Supp. 44 (D.D.C. 1998), which is considered one of the great pathbreaking cases in this area of the law. Your threats against the websites that publish my clients content are completely without legal merit; your only recourse for this content would be against Mr. Wolf personally, under the black letter of Federal law.
Of course, you also have no recourse against my client individually, as his actionswere clearly a parody of your client, a well-known public political figure. This activity is protected by the First Amendment from state law suits, including false light invasion of privacy. See generally, Hustler Magazine, Inc. v. Falwell, 485 U.S. 46 (1988), which is of course directly on point here. See also Horsley v. Rivera, 292 F.3d 695, 701 (11th Cir. 2002) (the Supreme Court has clarified that the Constitution provides protection for rhetorical hyperbole that cannot reasonably be interpreted as stating actual facts about an individual. This protection reflects the reality that exaggeration and non-literal commentary have become an integral part of social discourse.) (Citations omitted.); cf., Dworkin v. Hustler Magazine Inc., 867 F.2d 1188, 1195 (9th Cir. 1989).
Of course, the subject matter of your letter is a fairly obvious parody to any person of even barely functional literacy. Thus and your client probably didnt tell you this even she recognized that the posts were parodies (or parodys, as she put it). At approximately 8:25 p.m. EDT on September 17th, your client posted to her Twitter feed, I dont care about parodys(sic) or fake names but falsely putting my name on someone elses writing is illegal. She then subsequently deleted this Tweet, presumably when someone told her that parodys were constitutionally protected and it might look bad in a subsequent lawsuit if she were caught admitting in public that these posts were obvious parodies. Not to worry: My client has screenshots.
(I treat as obvious humor the assertions in your letter that the parodies in question were appropriations of your clients likeness for advertising purposes, and that persons with no minimum contacts at all with California would in any way be susceptible to jurisdiction there. It is my sincere suggestion that your client do so as well.)
My client will not be bullied out of exercising his First Amendment right to make clear his belief that your client is a spoiled, brainless twit who is cheapening the political discourse in this country. Therefore, henceforth, the Totally Meghan McCain series may be found at http://pajamasmedia.com for your clients reading pleasure.
On the off chance that your client actually files the baseless litigation you threatened in your September 23, 2011 letter, Mr. Wolf will pursue all available remedies available under any applicable anti-SLAPP statutes, State law malicious prosecution/abuse of process actions, and/or Rule 11 sanctions. Although I do not envy you the Herculean task before you, please make sure your client understands the potential consequences to her personally in addition to those her attorney would face for pursuing this ill-advised course of action.
On a personal and professional note, I am of the firm conviction that the world is a worse place because of unscrupulous lawyers who force people and companies to forego their legal rights simply because they dont want to pay the fees lawyers to defend themselves even from suits that are meritless on their face. It is particularly obnoxious when it is used as an effort to chill free speech political speech, no less as has become all too common in response to unflattering internet postings.
This sort of activity is condemned by the every State Bar association of which I am aware, and is contrary to both the letter and spirit of the ABAs Model Rules of Professional Conduct.
Made into a lawsuit, it is also a ground for sanctions.
Govern yourself accordingly.
With kindest regards, I remain
Very truly yours,
Christopher Scott Badeaux
Totally Meghan McCain complains about identity, theft and how the Founders set up a republic where really important people could use high-powered lawyers to intimidate website operators who run on a shoestring budget.
This is great.
Totally awsume, Dude!
Colombia is a country in South America.
Columbia is a university in New York City.
Sorry to be a male “school marm.”
don’t you get it?
that was deliberate. it is all satire
This is the writing of Totally Meghan McCain. Since it intends to mock Ms. McCain’s style of discourse, it is filled with awkward grammar, non sequiturs, bizarre punctuation, and other embarrassing stupid stuff.
According to a tweet allegedly written by the real Ms. McCain, Totally Meghan McCain’s writings are “parody’s” (sic).
What a great parody. Thanks!