Thursday, May 25, 2006

Rathergate Part Deux: The Sequel

Last night, ABC news breathlessly reported that Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was under investigation by the DOJ.

Apparently, the DOJ had no idea about any of this. ABC made it all up. Here's Hastert's response:

Hastert Legal Letter To ABCNEWS President Westin

David Westin
George Stephanopoulos
Brian Ross
ABC News
7 West 66th St.
New York, NY 10023

RE: False Story Regarding Justice Department Investigation

Dear Mr. Westin, Stephanopoulos, and Mr. Ross:

At 7:25 p.m., the Statement of the Department of Justice confirmed:

“Speaker Hastert is not under investigation by the Justice Department.”

At 10:21 p.m., you wrote:

“Whether they like it or not, members of Congress, including Hastert, are under investigation,” one federal official said tonight.”

This statement is false, and your republication of it after actual knowledge of its falsity constitutes libel and defamation. ABC News’ continued publication of this false information, after having actual knowledge of its falsity, evidences a specific and malicious intent to injure and damage Speaker Hastert’s reputation by continued repetition of a known falsehood.

We will take any and all actions necessary to rectify the harm ABC has caused and to hold those at ABC responsible for their conduct.

Please advise regarding who will accept service of process to remedy this intentional falsehood.

Very truly yours,
J. Randolph Evans
Stefan C. Passantino
Counsel to Speaker J. Dennis Hastert

I love it! Sue 'em! Maybe, just maybe, SOMEONE is going to hold the media accountable for the things they do.


Matthew J. said...

Freaking awesome. Well done, Mr. Speaker.

JTapp said...

I was wondering what happened to this investigation, and why the news just suddenly seemed to have stopped mentioning it. Now I know why! It never happened!