Playing around with the media - establishment and social - is great fun. And it's not new. On October 30, 1938, Orson Wells terrified America with the fake news that Martians had landed. Many assumed it was the end of the world.
Well, it could be that someone is having fun with The Washington Post food guy.
As lawyer-journalist, Kathryn Rubino reports on Abovethelaw, the WaPo food critic received an anonymous tip that a senior partner in a major D.C. law firm is going to countersue a restaurant for big bucks.
Allegedly, it had charged his AmEx card for a no-show, at the same time it billed for a $500-something dinner. The lawyer wasn't able to be resolve this with the restaurant or with AmEx.
The situation, if real, will be heard in court in April. In response, the lawyer indicates he hopes his countersuit puts the restaurant into Chapter 7. Read all about it here. You will notice that Rubino expresses skepticism.
So, we wonder: Is this fake news?
Well, from the perspective of public relations common senses it seems absurd that a senior partner would initiate anything which would put his professional name and that of his law firm in a negative light.
Some of us will recall the hilarious pants lawsuit "Pearson v. Chung" in 2005. Administrative law judge Roy Pearson Jr. had filed a mega million lawsuit against the D.C. dry cleaners which had lost his pants. In court, the plaintiff broke down in tears about his feelings about the loss. A time out had to be called.
Well, Pearson lost the case and much of his professional future. Surely, the supposed senior partner is aware of how that lawsuit turned out.
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