DA mulls felony charges against cartoonist for sending fake news release

The Wisconsin State Journal reports:

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Wednesday his office is considering whether to file a felony charge against a political cartoonist who reproduced the letterhead of state Rep. Steve Nass on a phony press release sent to a Madison newspaper. …

The news release and story stated that U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson were joining Nass in pressuring the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to purge its archives of posters from last year’s state Capitol protests.

Here’s Capital Times editorial cartoonist Mike Konopacki’s fake release, which was posted briefly on his paper’s website.

Konopacki says the Cap Times suspended him for six weeks for his prank.

* DA considers charges against cartoonist who sent fake news release

* Madison Capital Times fooled by its editorial cartoonist’s phony story

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  1. Steve Cook said:

    I’m guessing District Attorney Ozanne was sick the week his law school covered First Amendment issues, specifically satire and parody as it relates to Times v Sullivan. He might also do well to read up on how Jerry Falwell was schooled on this very subject.