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Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 02/24/2011

Washington City Paper's defense fund contributions rise to $28,000

By Cindy Boren

As Washington City Paper prepares to fight a lawsuit filed by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, contributions by readers to its defense fund, publisher Amy Austin writes on the paper's Web site, have grown to $28,000.

More than 600 supporters have written checks -- "most for just $20" -- as the paper defends itself over a story written last November by Dave McKenna.

Austin rebuts basic points raised by the lawsuit, which was filed Feb. 2 in New York, and finishes with an open address to Snyder:

Mr. Snyder, in all the public uproar about your suit, what people seem to be saying is that --just as we plan to continue focusing on putting out relevant journalism each week--they want you to focus for as long as you own the Redskins on the stewardship of the team, an institution that is much older and admittedly much more prominent than ours. The last three weeks have reminded me that the region is filled with fans who want to see the Redskins build a winning team, coaching staff, and organization. They want you to bring the generosity of spirit your lawyers described in reciting your charitable activities to everyday interactions with players, fans, and ticket holders. They want you to concentrate on the greatness of the business at hand.
We at City Paper will survive this, and in all likelihood will come out stronger on the other end. In fact, we're confident we'll triumph in court. I would suggest that your fans, and ours, would have been better served if we each focused on our real work--in the newspaper and on the field, not in the courtroom.

By Cindy Boren  | February 24, 2011; 12:32 PM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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Comments

Dan Synder reminds me of Mrs Kluge who wasted away a huge fortune on a winery and luxury housing development in the middle of no where.
Both of them must be so sure of themselves and unapproachable, that no one around them dares speak the truth or offers an honest opinion.

Just because you have come into money, doesn't make you infallable.

Just because you are the boss, doesn't mean you shouldn't seek the counsel of others.

If the people you surround yourself with, agree with you all the time, you are not the smartest person in the world. You are an idiot.

Posted by: MarilynManson | February 24, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

This letter sounds a little scared to me, there is definitely some fear.

And, I truly hope it (City "Trash" Paper), doesn't become stronger, but yet weak and even more boring than now.

I still say, the reporter should be fired, and it was not newsworthy, but more insulting to Mr. Snyder, and his wife.

The City "Trash" Paper, is not worthy of any of the attention it has received, nor are the "non-intelligent writing reporters".

And this goes for the reporter on channel 9, who one day will be stuck on the outside of Redskins office and building, begging and apologizing for his remarks.

Stay what you are a newsreporter, not a commentator about being jewish, and how you want to take on the rich jewish kid.

Grow up everybody-

Posted by: weaverf | February 24, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Well at least Snyder has a sub-literate named weaverf on his side.

Posted by: MrChip1 | February 24, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

good luck c n p ...here's an idea....if every one kept their season tickets...and boycotted all the games for a year....it gets into the hungry for money boy's pocket....hurt him where it hurts....his wallet ...he's in love with the money and not the team....

Posted by: skywalker12777721 | February 24, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

The City Paper article was in bad taste, the picture on the cover was juvenile. If the City Paper Editor plans to focusing on putting out relevant journalism each week, then they must do better editorially.

Posted by: moralcompass1 | February 24, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

10 bucks says weaverf is one of Snyder's spokesmen if not Snyder himself.

Posted by: CHICO13 | February 24, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I read a litany of truths in "The City Paper" article. Danny may not like the picture of himself portrayed in the article, but there is not much there to dispute. Drop the case, Mr. Snyder. Find a project with a win-win outcome that will enchance your image not tarnish it.

Posted by: JunkGoal | February 24, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

10 bucks says weaverf is one of Snyder's spokesmen if not Snyder himself.

Posted by: CHICO13 | February 24, 2011 2:26 PM
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I agree. Weaverf and Moralcompas sound like they work for Snyder or are even Danny boy himself. Even people that tolerant Snyder's move don't defend him like that.

Posted by: 6thsense79 | February 24, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

It kinda looks like a back petal from the city paper. If they had written the original article with the same spirit as the above letter, Mr. Snyder would not be suing them right now. Honestly the only reason this is a story is because the city paper decided it would be easy to bash Snyder because so many fans do. If they had written an article with more attention to fact checking and left out the vitriol this would be a non issue.

Posted by: davefromdc2011 | February 24, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

What's a "back petal?" That part of a flower or something?

The only reason this is an issue is because Snyder decided to sue the City Paper for publishing all of the dumb, sleazy, and down-right mean-spirited crap that Synder has done in one easy-to-find compilation.

Posted by: Ootek | February 24, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

yes a back petal is a flower that only blooms when a dou*che makes a snarky comment. Congrats you are now a horticulturist.

Posted by: davefromdc2011 | February 24, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

yes a back petal is a flower that only blooms when a dou*che makes a snarky comment. Congrats you are now a horticulturist.

Posted by: davefromdc2011 | February 24, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

MrChip1's comment made ice tea come out of my nose. Excellent work.

Posted by: wstring_20785 | February 24, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

No-one should hope this case is settled or withdrawn. Please-oh-please let it go to trial. Perhaps we can finally learn who in Snyder Communications, if not Snyder personally, DID forge those signatures to change people's long-distance services, and under whose orders. Because Snyder paid to settle THAT case, so we never learned the answer.

Which is why, in the end, this will never see a courtroom. Too bad.

Posted by: michaelmagnus9 | February 24, 2011 3:46 PM | Report abuse

weaverf is really David Donovan

Posted by: arnoldturner | February 24, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

This proud season ticket holder to the Redskins is proud to say that I gave to the defense fund of the Washington City Paper.

The Redskins are an institution, and the soiling of their name by a petty owner is a shame for the fans, for the city, and for the players who've worn the uniform. Can you imagine Jack Kent Cooke stooping to this level and trying to supress a free press? At what point does Snynder feel at least a modicum of shame and attempt to salvage his reputation? Does his attack dog David Donovan even have any shame? Evidently not...

Posted by: chop1 | February 24, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Open and shut case. Go City Paper! Sell the team, Danny.

The only people who want Dan to stay in DC are phony internet posters who are Redskins PR members.....

Posted by: CF11555 | February 25, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

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