Bradlee Dean's lawyer: "Rachel Maddow's career is over"
Bradlee Dean's lawyer, Larry Klayman, is quite the character.
Really. As in, there's actually a character in the show West Wing based off of him named Harry Klaypool. Klayman is also the founder of Freedom Watch, might have been the inspiration for the Tea Party, and claims to know Michele Bachmann "very well."
He's also the guy who sued Facebook for more than $1 billion earlier this year. And, according to state records, his license is currently on "administrative suspension" in Pennsylvania. In 2009, Klayman released a book called "Whores: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment."
Klayman and Dean appeared on Michele Tafoya's CBS radio show yesterday to talk about their lawsuit against MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and Minnesota Independent writer Andy Birkey. The suit claims that the two journalists took an excerpt from Dean's radio show out of context and defamed him.
"It's the most outrageous statement I've heard in my entire life," Klayman tells Tafoya. "And I've lived a bit here, and I've been a lawyer a long time. And it doesn't stop. They're trying to destroy Bradlee, they're trying to destroy Bachmann."
Bachmann is the "real target," asserts Klayman, "because MSNBC hates Christian conservatives."
Listening to the show, it's clear that Klayman and Dean are pretty defensive.
At one point, Tafoya simply plays the excerpt in question as it appeared on Maddow's show, and Dean takes it as a personal attack.
"That's pretty clever, Michele," shoots Dean.
"What do you mean?" asks Tofaya, genuinely confused.
"Well your piece," replies Dean.
"Forty-five seconds of it has been omitted."
Later in the interview, Klayman says that Dean's life has been threatened as a result of Maddow's coverage. He declares that the suit will cost MSNBC "hundreds of millions of dollars" and mean the end of Maddow's journalism career.
"His life has been threatened," says Klayman. "His family has been threatened. And this is outrageous. Rachel Maddow's career is over."
When asked to elaborate on the death threats, Klayman says that a man sent Dean a threat over the Internet "saying that he wants to have sex with Bradlee, then he's gonna kill him."
Meanwhile, Maddow doesn't seem too concerned about the suit. Both MSNBC and the Minnesota Independent are standing by their reporters, calling Dean's suit totally baseless.
For more on Klayman's legal style, click here to see Harry Klaypool square off with Rob Lowe.
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