By all appearances, the Franklin Center has caved to Brett Kimberlin. PACER contains the following docket text from today:
NOTICE of Dismissal with prejudice as to Defendant The Franklin Center by Brett Kimberlin. (aos, Deputy Clerk)
That can mean only one thing: an ignominious settlement. Confirming this suspicion, one notes that this link: http://franklincenterhq.org/5546/holding-political-terrorist-brett-kimberlin-accountable/ now results in a 404 error.
What did they remove? Here’s what these losers took down, via the Wayback Machine. Quotable:
Free speech is why America is free. Those who expose truth need to be protected. Patrick Frey was right: This could have been any of us. It’s our job to fight for free speech and a free press. If the legacy media refuses to tell the truth, we’re obligated to do so.
What a stirring call to action! All hail the courage of the Franklin Center!!!
Except that the post containing that inspiring language has been taken down, to settle an utterly frivolous lawsuit with zero chance of success.
When the going gets tough (not all that tough, really, to be honest), the Franklin Center gets going. And look! there they go!! Slinking right out the door.
When The American Spectator caved to this cretin and removed blog posts that contained zero defamation, Ken White said:
[T]his surrender will, and should, eviscerate its credibility with its target audience and its readers. First, how can it be taken seriously as an institution willing to speak truth to power if it caves to a frivolous lawsuit by a domestic terrorist? Second, how can they be taken seriously as a conservative institution that will question liberals, when they yield to a blatant attempt to abuse the legal system to retaliate against conservative viewpoints?
No. They’re done.
I don’t see why this should not apply with equal force to the Franklin Center. They are a bunch of hypocrites, and they deserve nothing — no donations, no respect, no attention. Just scorn and ridicule.
UPDATE: Also taken down: this post announcing a webinar with Mandy Nagy, Lee Stranahan, and Aaron Walker. The Wayback Machine version is here. (I have saved both Wayback Machine copies in case they disappear in the future.) Thanks to BKWatch for the tip.
(Fun fact: Kimberlin claims in his latest filing that I participated in this webinar — which I most certainly did not do.)