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Falling for the Big-Dollar Lawsuit Claim

AP: Dan Rather files $70M suit against CBS. Dan Rather filed a $70 million lawsuit against CBS and his former bosses Wednesday, claiming they made him a “scapegoat” for a discredited story about President Bush’s military service during the Vietnam War.

When, oh when, will journalists stop falling for the bogus PR stunts lawyers and their clients play when filing lawsuits? Apparently, never.

You can file a lawsuit demanding any amount of money. The amount in the claim is totally meaningless. It’s solely about public relations and/or, if the person being sued is unschooled about the system, putting fear into the defendant.

Yet journalists fall for this every time. Argghhh….

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