For Washington’s alt-weekly City Paper, it was a clever, if childish, way to indicate a deep dislike of Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder. For Snyder, it was “blatantly anti-Semitic,” his lawyers say. And now, the wealthy Washingtonian is suing City Paper for an unflattering article whose accompanying photo was “defaced by a schoolyard scribble of horns, a unibrow and a kind of devil beard,” The New York Times reports.
Snyder and his lawyers “brought out the big guns on this charge,” the Times wrote, “enlisting the Simon Wiesenthal Center to demand that City Paper apologize for the image, which it said was ‘associated with virulent anti-Semitism going back to the Middle Ages.’” But heavyweight First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams, retained by the City Paper team, called the lawsuit “so self-evidently lacking in merit and so ludicrous on its face that it is difficult to imagine that it was commenced for any reason but to seek to intimidate,” The Times reported.
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