SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019
Trump’s 736th Day In Office
These Fictitious People Still Sound A Lot Like Some People We Know
Here’s another column featuring the same sleazy 1980s characters at the satirical Patronage County Courthouse, to illustrate things going on hereabouts these days, so our Persons of Consequence might gain yet another useful perspective on the news.
These articles are Beloved Whistleblower Publisher Charles Foster Kane’s attempt to encourage undiscovered young writers, such as the struggling columnist below who shares his acute and surprisingly accurate take on local Politics as Usual in satirical Patronage County.
“Truth—The Best Defense” by James Jay Schifrin
Last week in Los Angeles, Muck Raker, political columnist for the Patronage County Innuendo, testified in comedienne Harriett Hairnett’s $10 million libel suit against the National Enquirer.
Ms. Harinett called Raker as an expert witness, because he regularly commented on people in public life.
The Enquirer also asked Raker to appear. In fact, he was their whole defense.
The court reporter red the disputed Enquirer gossip column: “At a posh Washington restaurant, an obnoxious Harriett Hairnett had a drunken shouting match with another diner, Adrian Messenger, Then she traipsed around the place taking a bit out of everyone’s dessert. But Harriett really raised eyebrows when she accidentally fell all over another diner—and started giggling instead of apologizing. The guy wasn’t amused and accidentally punched her in the mouth.
“You heard the article, Mr. Raker,” said Ms. Harinett’s attorney. “What do you think of it.”
“Catchy style, but $10 million is too much. That’s more than $160,000 a word.”
“Tell me this,” said the attorney. “Would you have written it?”
“I don’t know, sir. I wasn’t there.”
“Object, your honor,” argued the Enquirer attorney. “Mr. Raker often writes about politicians without being there, Then he calls them crooks. If he doesn’t get sued for what he writes, we shouldn’t either.”
“Objection overruled,” said the judge. “The difference is for a politician to sue Mr. Raker, the politician would have to prove he wasn’t telling the truth.”
This op-ed column first appeared in the feisty Mt. Washington Press on March 25, 1981.