Farah vows to sue Esquire, ‘take ownership’
The founder and chief executive officer of WND has decided to pursue an aggressive legal challenge of what he calls Esquire’s “libelous smear” in which the magazine’s executive editor published a completely fictional article claiming Jerome Corsi’s best-selling book – “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” – was being pulled from the shelves and destroyed and that book purchasers were being offered refunds.
“I have concluded with attorneys who say we have an excellent chance of winning a lawsuit or lawsuits for the reckless disregard for the truth demonstrated by Mark Warren, Esquire and the Hearst Corporation in this matter,” said Farah. “Personally, I think we should set our sights on taking ownership of Esquire. I think that would be a fair settlement. Obviously the magazine is in dire need of professional management.”
The controversy began just after 10 a.m. Wednesday, when Mark Warren, Esquire’s executive editor who supervises political coverage for the magazine, published what appeared to be a news story quoting Farah as saying he was destroying hundreds of thousands of copies of Corsi’s high-flying book challenging Barack Obama’s eligibility for office and issuing refunds for them.