In September 1981, a short-lived magazine called The Investigator, created by syndicated columnist Jack Anderson, published my in-depth investigation of Liberty Lobby, a neo-Nazi organization that masqueraded as being populist. The article exposed Willis Carto as the mysterious figure behind Liberty Lobby and its weekly anti-Semitic newspaper, The Spotlight.
Carto took umbrage and sued The Investigator and Jack Anderson for defamation.
The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled against Liberty Lobby on the basis that the plaintiff "had not provided clear and convincing evidence."
(Apparently, this case is now required reading at many law schools across the nation.)
Liberty Lobby could not name me as a Defendant even though I was the true author, having researched, investigated and written the piece.
This was because The Investigator's editor improperly gave the byline to a magazine staffer, Charles Bermant, who had conducted supplemental research.
I have not, until now, refuted the nonsense spewed by all parties.
I had evidence in my possession to back up every point of my story, including tape-recordings and transcripts of interviews conducted with ex-Liberty Lobby employees, among others who'd had dealings with Willis Carto.
Oddly, these extensive notes/recordings/transcripts were never requested for review, either before the piece was published or after the lawsuit was filed.
Jack Anderson's attorney, David Branson of White & Case, flew to London to meet me.
We had tea at the hotel where he stayed, Inn on the Park.
When I asked what Branson wanted, he whimsically said he just needed to be able to tell the Court that he had met me in person and I truly exist.