A letter from the publisher of Washington City Paper explains why the Dan Snyder libel suit is a crock

We have a city to cover. Dan Snyder has a football team to run. One thing I’ve been struck by during my conversations with readers these past few weeks is how much people want City Paper to continue its fiercely independent role in our community—and how much those same people want the Redskins to build a successful team. In a city divided by race and class and identity, the team, even now, retains a unique ability to make the District proud and bring people together. Another Super Bowl championship wouldn’t solve all of D.C.’s troubles, but it would be a moment of tremendous joy and unity. By contrast, a lawsuit pitting a billionaire NFL owner against Washington City Paper is a distraction.

Well-said — and all things considered, remarkably gracious.

And another must read (again): Jason Linkins' latest snarky take on the Snyder lawsuit in the Huffington Post.

If you haven't been following the Dan Snyder/Washington Redskins/Washington City Paper laughable lawsuit and subsequent legal defense fund, here's a letter to readers (and Snyder) from the City Paper publisher, Amy Austin, that sums it up nicely. (City Paper is part of the Creative Loafing chain of newsweeklies.)

Austin's letter doesn't just demolish the premises of Snyder's libel suit. It's also a quietly forceful defense of quality journalism, coupled with a suggestion that Washington, D.C. would be better served if the owner of the Redskins were spending his time trying to produce quality football:

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