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Author:  Michael J. Gaynor
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Date:  April 2, 2016
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Bravo to Greta van Susteren for Pushing Back Against Those "Fire Corey" Media Members

van Susteren, probably recalling the Tawana Brawleu hoax and the Duke lacrosse "no rape" case, put aside sisterly solidarity in favor of fundamental fairness and due process.

After sixteen "female media members" publicly released a letter calling upon Donald Trump to fire his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski for attacking Michelle Fields, Greta van Susteren properly chastised them for doing so.

Here's that ridiculous release:

'Female Media Members Ask Trump Campaign to Fire Corey Lewandowski

"Sixteen signatories respond to the "inexcusable, unprofessional" behavior of campaign manager

"The press is to have an adversarial, et civil approach to those in, or running, for elected office. Never in this line of work is it acceptable to respond to reasonable and legitimate questioning with yse of physical force. The photographs, audio, videos and witness accounts documenting the treatment of Michelle fields by Corey Lewandowski, Donald trump's campaign manager, are inexcusable and unprofessional. Donald Trump should immediately remove Lewandowski from his campaign. The Trump campaign has stated that Lewandowski will not be fired even if convicte, however, unlike the Trump campaign, we believe in making a statement on the record gto clearly highlight the difference between right and wrong."

The sixteen signers include Dana Loesch, Katie Pavlich, Meghan McCain, S.E. Cupp, Mary Katherine Hamm, Christine Rosen, Christina Hoff sommers, Bethany mandel, Emily Zanotti, Elisha Krauss, Karol Mankowitz, Kirsten Soltis Anderson, Mona Charen, Sarah Rumpf, Brooke Rogers and Mary Chastain.

They all oweLewandowski and Trump an apology.

They are wrong that firing is in order.

Lewandowski acted reasonably in the circumstances and is much more deserving of a commendation than a condemnation.

They are right, of course, that the press owes campaigns a "civil approach."

They do not seem to realize that (1) such "civil approach" includes following Secret Service instructions and (2) Fields was uncivil and not entitled to disregard those instructions.

They do not seem to realize that such "civil approach' includes not grabbing a presidential candidate and Fields had grabbed Trump before Lewansdowski pulled her away from Trump before the Secret Service did.

Away from Trump, NOT down.

They do not seem to realize that (1) Fields' attempted questioning was not "reasonable and legitimate," because the press conference had ended, (2) the Secret Service and Lewandowski were trying to protect Trump, not to use any unnecessary "physical force" on anyone, and (3) in approaching Trump under the circumstances with what probably was a pen in hand and grabbing Trump, Fields was lucky not to have been tackled.

Predictably, Megyn Kelly put Pavlich and Loesch on her show to attack the Trump campaign and sympathize with Fields.

Palvich told Kelly that "[w]e saw libel, defamation, slander, smearing of her reputation, simply for trying to do her job" and "[t]his isnít just about simply one reporter. Itís a bigger issue of the role of the press in America."

To those familiar with the persecution of members of the Duke lacrosse team on bogus charges of rape and kidnapping and the lame "greater truth" excuse made by the Left after the actual truth finally became apparent, the "bigger issue" line in that letter calling for Lewandowski to be fired is distressing.

As a conservative who supported those wrongly charged Dike lacrosse players, I find the willingness of supposedly conservative female media members to accept Fields' tale to be particularly distressing.

Conservatives, male and female, should be above that and leave it to the Left.

Pavlich and Loesch were so extreme that they managed to make Kelly look "fair and balanced."

Kelly explained to them that Lewandowski "deserves his day in court" before any conviction and related that van Susteren had blasted the signers for essentially convicting Lewandowski without a fair trial.

van Susteren, probably recalling the Tawana Brawleu hoax and the Duke lacrosse "no rape" case, put aside sisterly solidarity in favor of fundamental fairness and due process.

"It is stunning ó Lewandowski has not had a trial and these women have convicted him. We have a judicial system in this country not mob rule.

"As an aside, I have tried many, many, many criminal cases and I will tell you this: there is reasonable doubt in this one. This is a very easy defense case. Donít believe me? Ask any lawyer.

"And now look what these women have done to their own work covering the campaigns! These women reporters may want to pull themselves off the Presidential campaign coverage since they have obviously shown their bias. They need to ask themselves Ė can they be fair in all their Presidential campaign coverage based on this?

"There is a big difference between waiting for a jury to decide facts and a verdict whether a crime has been committed and just taking sides and calling for someoneís head."

van Susteren had the nerve to tell it like it is...or at least how it's supposed to be in the USA.

Compare Pavlich:

"This is about the principle of journalism and making sure that reporters, again, can do their job without intimidation.

"That they can cover the presidential election without fear of being intimidated or harassed by Donald Trump, his supporters, and his campaign manager on Twitter, and being called delusional, and a liar as a result of reporting something that they felt was a violation of their space and privacy."

No, this is about what Fields and Lewandowski.

The evidence to date shows that (1) Fields approached Trump when she was not supposed to, grabbed him and was holding an object in one hand, (2) Lewandowski pulled her away but not down, using reasonable force to end a possible threat to a controversial presidential candidate who has good reason to be concerned that he might be assassinated because he dared to run for President of the United States and (3) Trump pulled away from the grabby Fields and graciously has not asked the authorities to prosecute her for simple battery, probably in consideration of what the late President Ronald Reagan woudl refer to as her "youth and inexperience."

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Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.

Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.

The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.

Gaynor currently contributes regularly to,,, and and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.

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