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Washington Football Team Owner Dan Snyder Sues Media Company For Defamation In Alleged Conspiracy

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Washington Football Team Owner Dan Snyder Sues Media Company For Defamation In Alleged Conspiracy

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Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder has accused a disgruntled former team employee of taking money and helping to wage a campaign to spread damaging information against him, according to a filing in Federal District Court Monday.

The employee, Mary-Ellen Blair, worked for the team from 2013-17 as an executive assistant in the front office.

We are aggressively pursuing Mary-Ellen Blair, a disgruntled former employee who is clearly in the pocket of another and complicit in this scheme to defame Mr. Snyder, in order to ensure that the full weight of the law comes down heavily on all those responsible for these heinous acts, one of Snyders lawyers, Joe Tacopina, said in a statement.

On Monday, Snyder requested records that would help him in a defamation case against an Indian media company known as Media Entertainment Arts WorldWide that he filed just three days before. MEAWW published articles on its website in July that spread defamatory rumors about Snyder about what was going to be included about him in an upcoming Washington Post story. The Post article detailed the sexual assault harassment allegations of 15 former Washington Football Team employees. The story does not report that Snyder was explicitly involved in any other way than in his capacity as team owner.

The articles on the MEAWW website have since been taken down. Snyder has accused the company of accepting money to publish these articles and expressed his desire for the identity of the person who paid for them.

Nirnay Chowdhary, a founder of M.E.A. WorldWide, said that errors were made in the publication of the articles, but denied that money was accepted in exchange for their publication, according to the New York Times.

This is not the first time Snyder has sued a media company. Snyder filed a suit against the Washington City paper in 2010 after it published an article that it called an encyclopedia of the owners many failings. The lawsuit was eventually dropped.

It is important to note that the court filings follow news that the three largest minority shareholders of the Washington Football Team are looking to sell their shares. The ownersRobert Rothman, Dwight Schar and Frederick W. Smithbought their shares back in 2003 and own about 40 percent of the team. Rothman is a chairman and CEO of the investment company Black Diamond Capital. Schar is a chairman of NVR Inc.
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, the countrys fifth-largest home builder and Smith is a chairman, president, and CEO of FedEx.

FedEx, the namesake of the teams stadium, threatened to withdraw financial backing if the nickname Redskins – the teams 87-year old moniker – was not changed. After expressing for years that he would never change the name, the Redskins name and logo that has long been considered by many to be a racial slur was officially retired last month. Before the name change, the team also removed the statue of former owner George Preston Marshall, the last NFL owner to integrate his team, from outside RFK Stadium.

Before the Posts story was printed on July 16, MEAWW reported that Snyder was allegedly involved in sex trafficking. These allegations connected Snyder to Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who died in jail after being charged with sex trafficking underage girls.

Snyder is now seeking $10 million in damages from the media company. In order to help his case, Snyder has targeted Blair, who was fired from the team after being demoted and left the organization on bad terms, according to the filing. The filing also said that Blair reached out to current and past team employees in the late spring for disparaging information on Snyder.

The filing states that Blair received financial support from the same individuals who hired and directed MEAWW to publish negative articles about Snyder.

Mr. Snyder will not stand by idly as these criminals, for their own malicious reasons, seek to sully his good name through outrageous lies, Tacopina said. To that end, we are aggressively pursuing Mary Ellen Blair, a disgruntled former employee who is clearly in the pocket of another and complicit in this scheme to defame Mr. Snyder, in order to ensure that the full weight of the law comes down heavily on all those responsible for these heinous acts.”

Blairs attorney, Lisa Banks said the following to ESPN.

Today’s legal filing by Dan Snyder seeking documents from former employee Mary Ellen Blair is filled with numerous falsehoods, which are clearly intended to humiliate and intimidate her. Importantly, Ms. Blair never communicated with or provided information to the MEA WorldWide website or anyone related to Mr. Snyder’s Indian lawsuit. This filing is an obvious and inappropriate attempt to silence Ms. Blair and others who may wish to communicate with legitimate news organizations about the culture of sexism, harassment and abuse that has existed at the highest levels of the Washington Football team for decades. Bullying and baselessly disparaging former employees who provide truthful information about their experience with Dan Snyder and his organization will do nothing to repair the reputation he claims in this filing to care so deeply about.”

The filing further states that Blair told a Washington employee that the Post story would not be good for Dan, suggesting that it would expose him using drugs. The filing alleges that Blair told a longtime employee of Snyders that the teams minority shareholders no longer wanted to be involved with the team.

Snyder states in the filing that Blair has a financial benefactor who helps her with rent. She lives in an apartment building owned by Comstock. One of the teams minority owners, Dwight Schars daughter Tracy, is on the board of directors at Comstock and works as the senior vice president for marketing at Comstock Holding Companies.

The Times also reports that Comstocks board includes two other people who worked for Red Zone Capital, which is co-owned by Snyder and Schar.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York are calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to create a new bipartisan committee focused on election integrity and schedule hearings to reassure Americans over a process President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine.

There is growing anxiety among Democrats, and some Republicans, that Trump will not only continue to sow doubt over the legitimacy of the coming election but throw the subsequent count into chaos by declaring victory before all the votes can be tallied, including the millions that will arrive by mail.

In a letter to McConnell, Sanders and Schumer quote back the Kentucky senator’s own words, in which he attested to the reliability of mail-in voting by citing its successes in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, which have been using the system for years.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the validity of mail-in voting, promoted conspiracy theories questioning election security, called on supporters to act as unsanctioned “poll watchers,” and suggested that the absence of a clear result by the evening of November 3 would in some way cast doubt on the eventual outcome. Key allies in powerful positions, like Attorney General Bill Barr, have followed suit. Barr has persisted in puffing up a debunked claim that ballots received by mail would somehow strip the sender of their privacy — ignoring well-established safeguards.

By escalating the matter now, Sanders and Schumer are responding to growing concern, in partisan and nonpartisan spaces, that Americans are not adequately prepared for the potential of a longer-than-usual wait for results or Trump’s willingness to short-circuit the democratic process if he smells defeat.

“Democrats and Republicans in Congress must come together to ensure that we have a free and fair election where every vote is cast and counted without intimidation,” Sanders told CNN, “where no one has to put his or her health in danger to cast a ballot, and where we have full confidence in the results.”

The proposed hearings would invite a cross-section of election officials from across the country to testify to the security and reliability of mail-in, early- and in-person voting — subjects on which Sanders and Schumer, again, referenced McConnell’s own words.

“Despite the clear security of our vote-by-mail system, some have continued to undermine it with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud,” they wrote. “As you have correctly said, people ‘can vote early, you can vote on Election Day, or you can drop it in the mail,’ and that voters should ‘not worry about your vote not counting.’”

The minority leader and Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also want more detailed discussion about the fraught hours, or days, after the polls close and a real-time watch of the election horse race potentially swings from one candidate to another.

“We know a number of states may well be counting ballots for a period of time after Election Day, and that those votes may be determinative in this election,” the senators wrote to McConnell. “To avoid disinformation, conspiracy theories, and suspicion about results, we must understand the likely timeline for this process.”

The letter goes on to reference the recent war games-style preparations conducted by a group called the Transition Integrity Project, a bipartisan gathering of operatives and academics that made headlines when some of the outcomes of their exercises — including “both street-level violence and political impasse” — were reported on in late July.

“A bipartisan group of experts and officials have studied multiple scenarios where the outcome of the election was not immediately known. Some of these scenarios resulted in unrest and even violence,” Sanders and Schumer wrote, suggesting the Senate should elevate similar discussions and familiarize the public with the uncertainties ahead. “We would like to hear from the most knowledgeable people in the country as to how we can do everything possible to make sure that the election and the period afterward is secure and peaceful.”

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HHS supported Caputo, with a statement that called him a critical, integral part of the presidents coronavirus response, leading on public messaging as Americans need public health information to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was no immediate statement from the White House.

Attempts to reach Caputo were unsuccessful.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called on Azar to fire Caputo, accusing the spokesman of trying to interfere with CDC reports to the medical and scientific community, as well as the public at large. And Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on Azar himself to resign, citing interference with the CDC as one example of what he termed the administration’s failures.

Officials at CDC have privately complained of recent efforts by political appointees at main HHS to try to edit or press for changes in the agency’s weekly MMWR publications, a go-to resource for public health professionals.

MMWR articles are technical, but they reveal telling details. One published earlier this year noted that while Trump’s travel restrictions dramatically reduced travel from China in February, nothing was being done at that time to restrict travel from Italy and Europe, where the coronavirus was spreading widely and rapidly. Analysis of virus samples from hard-hit New York in March suggested it was introduced there from Europe and other parts of the U.S., the CDC article reported.

Caputo is an unswerving Trump loyalist. His recent book, The Ukraine Hoax, claims the presidents phony impeachment was rooted in a vast conspiracy.

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unwinona:This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS…

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unwinona:This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS...

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My RSS Feedunwinona:

This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS and Polio narrative (among others), only we’re seeing it escalated to weeks and months instead of years or decades.

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