Donald Trump is not the only one who hates being poked fun at. Devin Nunes is now bringing legal action against Twitter, for two parody accounts, @DevinNunesMom and @DevinCow. Nunes is claiming anti-conservative bias, and good luck proving that one up. The law is clear about public officials and satire. More or less, if you put yourself in a fishbowl, don’t be annoyed when people watch your every move. In any event, here are some excerpts from Nunes’ complaint.
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) March 18, 2019
According to many courts, a public official is a government employee who has, or appears to the public to have, a significant role in the business of government and public affairs. Such people are considered to be held in a position that would draw or even demand public scrutiny. They also are considered to have significant ability to defend themselves regarding such public scrutiny and therefore cannot claim defamation unless the statement is not only proven to be false, but the defamer is proven to have shown reckless disregard for that falsity. New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254.
Nunes is spinning his wheels on this one. But maybe he’s trying to set a precedent, so Mike Pence, Jeff Sessions, and the whole lot of them can sue. Don’t hold your breath.