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Posted at 9:40 AM ET, 02/10/2011

City Paper readers donate $18,000 for defense against Dan Snyder

By Elizabeth Flock
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Snyder takes part in a Washington Post discussion, "Scoring Big: The Business of Sports" at The Post's offices. (Matt McClain / The Washington Post)

The animosity runs that deep. Since Redskins owner Dan Snyder filed a libel suit against Washington City Paper, the alt-weekly has raised more than $18,000 from 500 readers for its legal defense fund, the Reliable Source reported Wednesday. Editor Michael Schaffer told Post reporter Paul Farhi that the sum is "pretty puny by serious-litigation-cost standards", but "it's a sign of the bond between a free paper and its readers."

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 10, 2011; 9:40 AM ET
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I don't know all of the facts yet, but as an interested reader and a Jew, you can never be too sensitive to vituperative and stereotypical remarks (or even look at the underlying politics and intentions of these comments with respect to Mr. Snyder, a fellow Jew). We have a history of over almost 4,000 years of persecution by others, esp. in the last century. Maybe not to the same degree in this country, but certainly a lot worse elsewhere - and we are a nation mostly populated by/descended from those from elsewhere.

Nevertheless, the City Paper can and would be justified in criticizing Dan Snyder for failing to put together a winning team, since he took over ownership of the Washington Redskins. You can criticize comments or actions he and others have conducted in his tenure as owner of the Redskins or how he runs his private enterprise. Just don't make it personal.

If he has made it personal, then why would you do the same, esp. in a public forum. This is how some children act, not most adults.

Just my opinion on the matter.

Posted by: BlueThunder613 | February 10, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Everything that Dan Snyder touches turns to poopie, it seems. So why don't I feel sorry for him? /sarc.

Posted by: BriBonano | February 10, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

The City Paper Defense Fund site:
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/legaldefense

Posted by: jaguar6cy | February 10, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Okay, I read the article. The only offensive thing about it are the modified picture (not anti-semitic, in that it doesn't alter facial features to match what anti-semites have portrayed Jews or Jewish businessmen as) and some of the comments written about Mr. Snyder by readers.

Some of the comments are borderline, anti-semitic at best - yes even those which came from fellow Jews).

City Paper, while not viewed as a mainstream news paper, is a paper that many people read. They should have immediately removed comments which attack his religion, esp. the one that says "he's a typical Jew". If he were black and wore a black hat and a gaudy suit and shoes and he used Ebonics or another street language wrongly attributed to most, if not all African-Americans , would you say "he's a typical black". The answer would have been an unequivocal no! Because we know these remarks are wrong and very offensive.

I rest my case. Based on this articlee alone and the comments made, I would not bring a suit against the City Paper.

Posted by: BlueThunder613 | February 10, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

The City Paper Defense Fund site:
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/legaldefense

Posted by: jaguar6cy | February 10, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

thanks for the link! Add another $5 to that $18k.

Posted by: MarilynManson | February 10, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be better for him to concentrate on restoring some respect back to what was once a very proud organization? I think if my football team was the laughing stock of the NFL and the Country I would be concentrating more on repairing the team than suing the "CITY PAPER". If you dont want to be made fun of or critisized dont be such an arrogant dick. Problem solved.

Posted by: gcottrill | February 10, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be better for him to concentrate on restoring some respect back to what was once a very proud organization? I think if my football team was the laughing stock of the NFL and the Country I would be concentrating more on repairing the team than suing the "CITY PAPER". If you dont want to be made fun of or criticized dont be such an arrogant dick. Problem solved.

Posted by: gcottrill | February 10, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Big Dummies!!

Thats pocket change for Mr. Snyder.

I still hope he drains the paper, and it folds, its trash anyway.

Posted by: weaverf | February 10, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone donate money to a paper?? Like Fred Sanford would say "You Big Dummies!!!". Snyder will slaughter you on the litigation field. He has the means and the money to topple The City Paper. If you ever want to get at him and send him a clear message you have to stop going to the FedEx Field and supporting his P.T. Barnum sideshow disasters.

Posted by: KNNTHMORRIS | February 10, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Everyone should give to this fund -- yes, it's mostly symbolic, but it is the right thing to do. More importantly, stop going to games, buying merchandise, etc.

Posted by: dbunkr | February 10, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

and in addition to not buying tickets or merchandise, boycott any and all redskins corporate sponsors. If you see a store or business advertising for the Skins, let them know you'll take your business elsewhere.

Posted by: MarilynManson | February 10, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

My two hopes each season:

1. that the Dallas Cowboys lose every game.

2. that I not part with a dollar which goes to Dan Snyder.

Hail to the Redskins!

Posted by: tcs1999 | February 10, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

in addition to boycotting merchandise, make sure you do not indicate you watch the redskins on any Nielsen survey you receive in the mail.

Posted by: slydell | February 10, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know that Daniel Snyder was a Jew until he threatened and then brought a law suit against the City Paper. So what.

What I have known and what is important is that Daniel Snyder has been very enterprising in increasing revenues at the expense of fans. That his management of the team could have done so well. What his management of the team has produced is more than a decade of unsatisfactory performances. So, I have fired Daniel Snyder, and I urge other fans to Fire Dan Snyder, too.

What happens when you fire someone? What happens of import for this discussion is that you cease to pay them. So, to Fire Dan Snyder, don't buy tickets to games, and don't spend money on anything else Snyder which he has a financial interest, e.g., don't buy tickets for an event at the stadium.

As one who has Fired Dan Snyder, I am happy that I am no longer financially supporting his continuing inept endeavors, including his unwarranted lawsuit against the City Paper. Rather than sue about the article, he should have used the piece about him as an aid to insight and comprehensive change.

When enough fans join in Firing Dan Snyder, the dip in cash flow and the beginning of a decline in the value of the franchise will likely lead/force him to sell the team, bringing to an end this sad chapter in the history of the Skins.

The new owner, having seen fan power at work, will proceed carefully in regard to prices and will delegate the management of the team to professionals. And more than likely, the Skins will once again become a team worthy of the devotion of their fans.
May that time soon come. To help it come,
Fire Dan Snyder.

Posted by: jimb | February 10, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

TBD.com reports that City Paper has a good libel insurance policy. And it's owned by a billion dollar hedge fund. Where does it get the nerve to ask its readers to kick money into a legal defense fund? Is the readers' hard-earned cash gonna pay for a victory party for City Paper's investment banker owners? My guess is Snyder and the City Paper are in cohoots. He gets lots of publicity (remember, even bad publicity is good publicity these days, so long as they spell your name right). And sad, lame City Paper picks up plenty of publicity of its own and some cash

Posted by: verrylake | February 12, 2011 8:17 PM | Report abuse

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