WASHINGTON – The founder and chief executive officer of WND has decided to pursue an aggressive legal challenge of what he calls Esquire’s “libelous smear” in which the magazine’s executive editor published a completely fictional article claiming Jerome Corsi’s best-selling book – “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” – was being pulled from the shelves and destroyed and that book purchasers were being offered refunds.
“I have concluded with attorneys who say we have an excellent chance of winning a lawsuit or lawsuits for the reckless disregard for the truth demonstrated by Mark Warren, Esquire and the Hearst Corporation in this matter,” said Farah. “Personally, I think we should set our sights on taking ownership of Esquire. I think that would be a fair settlement. Obviously the magazine is in dire need of professional management.”
The controversy began just after 10 a.m. Wednesday, when Mark Warren, Esquire’s executive editor who supervises political coverage for the magazine, published what appeared to be a news story quoting Farah as saying he was destroying hundreds of thousands of copies of Corsi’s high-flying book challenging Barack Obama’s eligibility for office and issuing refunds for them.
Immediately, news organizations throughout the U.S. began contacting Farah for confirmation of the story and comment. In addition, consumers began requesting refunds and book supporters began attacking Farah.
“Only when I issued a statement saying I was exploring our legal options did Warren append a disclaimer to the article explaining that it was ‘satire,'” said Farah. “That was too little, too late. The damage was done. And Warren himself confirmed his own malicious intent by characterizing Corsi as ‘an execrable piece of sh–.'”
A WND message left on Mark Warren’s answering machine requesting comment did not generate a response. Nor did an email to a publicist to whom WND was referred when requesting a comment from the magazine.
“I don’t like to sue people or organizations,” said Farah. “It’s not what I do. But I was strongly encouraged by hundreds of supporters within the past 48 hours to take on this fight. People were shocked by the brazenness of this attack. This was not satire. It was not funny. It was designed to materially hurt my business and disrupt the marketing efforts behind a best-selling book. And it was carried out by a lifelong Democratic political activist masquerading as a journalist.”
Farah points out Warren is best known as Sen. Harry Reid’s collaborator on his autobiographical “The Good Fight.” While he has served in several capacities at Esquire for the last 23 years, his resume shows he was a Democratic political activist and political aide prior to that experience.
“Warren has never stopped being a partisan political hack throughout his 23 years in the insular corporate media world of Hearst – the same institution that offered safe harbor to anti-Semitic Helen Thomas in her declining years in the White House press corps,” said Farah. “Having worked for Hearst for nearly 10 years ending just about the time Warren was hired, it grieves me to see what has become of the company. Examine Warren’s recent work for yourself and you will clearly see one simplistic common thread running through it – Democrats good, Republicans bad.”