Sunday, August 13, 2006

DeVos Goons Try to Silence Web Site

Cross posted from Liberal Values.

Dick DeVos, who is trying to use the Amicare/Alticore fortune to buy the Michigan Governor's office (as a stepping stone to the White House--see below) doesn't seem to like bad publicity. In July the Grand Rapids Press ran a story entitled Alticor leaders cheated investors, suit says, with the suit naming Dick DeVos. Quixtar Blog and Michigan Liberal are reporting on a letter received from Scott Larsen who runs the website. The letter was from attorneys representing Alticor denying the validity of the suit, accusing Larsen of bias, and request that he "Please take immediate action to correct your website's misleading impression of the Wardrop lawsuit."

I am not in a position to judge the merits of the case. Perhaps DeVos is innocent of this. It is even possible that Scott Larsen is biased. What a shocking discovery this would be: there are biased web sites out there which take sides in a political race. Who would have thought this could happen? It is even conceivable that such biased web sites would link to articles with negative information about a candidate from local newspapers. Who would have guessed that this could take place out on the internets?

Enough sarcasm? After the DeVos attorneys, who apparently are unaware of the First Amendment, harass little web sites, will they next go on to try to prevent editorial writers from writing biased editorials opposing DeVos or supporting Jennifer Granholm? As Quixtar wrote:

The First Amendment allows us to be biased. People may not like that but it's our right to be as biased and unfair in our coverage of public figures and corporate entities as we desire. As long as that coverage is true (and sometimes when it isn't) our speech is protected. There's absolutely nothing obligating us to be fair and balanced and communicate all sides of any given issue.

It's that very freedom that allows companies like Alticor and Quixtar to publish reams and reams of rosy reports and testimonials without sharing less rosy reports and complaints. No law requires Alticor, Quixtar or Dick DeVos to publish criticism or unfavorable reports in publications they control. It's their right to be biased. That's the American Way!

Such disregard for civil liberties is just one reason to be very afraid of Dick DeVos succeeding in his political ambitions. I've previously reported on the far right wing organizations he supports with an agenda to increase the role of religion in public life and government.

Don't think you're safe from Dick DeVos if you don't live in Michigan. John Kerry has warned, while campaigning for Jennifer Granholm, that Dick DeVos has already purchased the web address (copy of email below). I verified this at whois:

Domain Name..........
Creation Date........ 2004-12-18
Registration Date.... 2004-12-18
Expiry Date.......... 2007-12-18
Organisation Name.... Richard Devos Iii

Note the date. Well before winning the nomination for Governor, DeVos was looking ahead to other offices. Besides purchasing this domain, he has also purchased several others, including for Senate as well as President.

Copies of older posts on Dick DeVos have been included in the blog entry at Liberal Values.


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