The Natural Resources Defense Council has threatened legal action against JunkScience.com and others for a spoof published on Forbes.com.
Yesterday, Jon Entine published in his Forbes column a satire involving a spoofed memo from the NRDC.
Not only was Entine’s column removed by Forbes.com, Entine’s relationship with Forbes was ended as a result.
Though NRDC regularly attacks companies and their products with junk science-based claims, the group has the temerity to threaten legal action against us for the mere act of excerpting and linking to Entine’s spoof — which was denoted as such.
Reluctantly, we will comply with the NRDC’s request as we can’t afford the legal fees that the $97 million-in-revenue NRDC can afford out of petty cash. Even the deep-pocketed Forbes apparently declined to challenge the NRDC’s attack on free speech.
But if anyone knows of a good First Amendment lawyer willing to work pro-bono, contact Steve Milloy at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a copy of Entine’s column and will be more than happy to re-post as soon as we can lawyer-up.