NYTimes Accuses Christie and Company of Infringment and Slander

The New York Times has issued a “Cease and Desist” order againt the Republic Governors Association and the Chris Christie Campaign  for using the copyrighted material of the New York Times in attempt to gain credibility for the foundless accusations the site makes against John Corzine.

CorzineTimes.com goes to new lows in negative campaign strategies by using headlines that are outright lies in order to convince visitors who are to busy to read the details that Corzine is making statements such as “Corzine to middle class: Drop Dead” and “Corzine to citizens: Stop whining about taxes”.

As the Copyrights and Campaigns blog reports:

‘Corzine Times’: Infringement? Parody? Satire? Homage?

The Republican Governors Association thought it had a clever idea for attacking incumbent John Corzine (D-NJ), who is up for reelection this year: create a web site for a fake newspaper called The Corzine Times, with links to real stories bashing Corzine. The Corzine Times just happens to resemble another newspaper across the Hudson.

Well, that other newspaper is not amused; it quickly sent a cease and desist letter to the RGA, complaining that the site

is clearly intended to be nearly identical to NYTimes.com…The title for the site is designed to recall the world famous, protected New York Times logo, and the pages use the same fonts and layout as nytimes.com in order to mimic its design. Such copying is a clear infringement of The Times’s rights under the Copyright Act of 1976 and falsely suggests, in violation of the Lanham Act, that the Times has sponsored or is otherwise affiliated with your website.
The Times‘ letter, dated June 17, gives the RGA three days to take down the site, “or we will have no choice but to pursue all available legal remedies.” It’s now been eight days since the letter was written, and the Corzine Times is still up. If the Times was so eager to have the site down, why hasn’t it just sent a DMCA notice to the Corzine TimesISP?

The RGA certainly doesn’t sound like it’s backing down; spokesman Mike Schrimpf tells the Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza (whom I like to call my stalker, since he succeeded me directly in two journalism jobs):

It’s amusing to see The Gray Lady standing up for The Gray Beard, but we were hoping the Times would send a cease and desist notice to Corzine telling him not to hike taxes by another $1 billion.This could turn out to be a very interesting case; I’m not at all confident in predicting how a court will see it.

UPDATE: a reader reminds me of another parody/satire/who knows of the NY Times:

I’m not aware that the Times ever objected to this one, though DeBeers, the target of a fake ad in the fake Times, did. The fake Times remains accessible on the web.

I posted a lengthy comment on the blog, but I feel it may be a pro-republican site who will moderate the comment so I am including my comment in this post.

The truth!?

Give me a break. This site is lower than low. It has headlines like “Corzine to middle class: Drop Dead” and “Corzine to citizens: Stop whining about taxes”, but clicking on the links shows absolutely no details about the claims being made. Actually, it reveals propaganda and senseless rhetoric that has nothing to do with the headlines.

How stupid does the republican party think voters are? I find it very condescending to think that the republican party believes that such an unethical tactic would convince voters to vote for Christie.

Furthermore, if Chris Christie was the “champion of ethics” that he claims to be he would demand these baseless sites be shut down or at least the unsubstantiated garbage that is contained on them be removed.

I thought we sent a strong message that we would not be deceived by such unfounded scare tactics during the 08 presidential election, but apparently the republican party still doesn’t get it.

Both the corruptican and corruptictratic party should be ashamed of themselves. They both engage in such shameless activities which only goes to show that the two-party system is broken and corrupt in NJ beyond repair.

I mean, seriously, right now Corzine and Christie are just your run off the mill politicians throwing political fodder back and forth at each other. But the mere fact that they would go to such extremes as making up outright lies and spend millions of dollars to convince the public that there lies are true is outright pathetic and disgusting.

To the people running the CozineTimes.com site I must ask, “Have you no morals or conscious?” Apparently not when you support such a site as this and claim it is your one stop shop to find out the truth about Corzine knowing outright that it is full of lies and slander.

This only reinforces my point that both the Republican and Democratic parties are corrupt beyond repair. Electing either will do nothing more than to make corrupt politicians like Corzine and Christie get richer while allowing the political parties to continue to bend us over backwards and give it to us from behind.

What do you think? Is such ammoral practices such as publishing sites like this acceptable for those who wish to run our government? How do you feel about having such people in charge of your daily life knowing they will go to such extreme measures to win an election? Post a comment and let us know.

3 Responses

  1. NJ has already had a Christie as governor. She’s the batch that stole the money from the state pension fund and never paid it back. Sort of like our bunch of thieves in D.C. that have taken from the Social Security Fund and never paid it back.

    Politicians and Pigs = Perfect Together

  2. Wow. This is crazy. Politicians are so full of crap. I am sick and tired.

  3. […] It wasn’t to long ago that we wrote about Chris Christie being accused of copyright infringement by the New York Times. Deja Vu, Christie is at it again, this time he rips off Monty Python […]

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