There’s no doubt that former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields is still hurting, but the pain isn’t from the mythical “assault” she allegedly suffered at the hands of Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Based on her recent Twitter smackdown of Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, one could surmise that Fields is still fuming over a Florida prosecutor’s decision not to bring formal charges against Lewandowski for reportedly grabbing and bruising the thin-skinned reporter in March.
After viewing a surveillance video of the incident, which clearly refutes Fields’ claim that she was “manhandled” and “nearly pulled to the ground” by Lewandowski, Palm Beach County State Attorney David Aronberg put the proverbial kibosh on the case based on lack of evidence. In response, Fields stated that she would pursue a civil lawsuit against Lewandowski for slander and defamation (although it seems pretty clear to anyone keeping score at home that Lewandowski was the slandered party in this debacle).
Posting on GretaWire on April 13, Van Susteren, who is a world-class attorney herself, wrote a piece entitled “Free legal advice to Michelle Fields”, in which she advises Fields not to proceed with her planned civil suit, implying that such a case would be difficult to win. Even if she did manage to win, wrote Van Susteren: “it is not always worth it”.
Pretty sound advice, of course. Each and every day, attorneys around the world advise would-be plaintiffs not to pursue lawsuits, warning that the paltry reward (if any) would be a small measure of consolation when weighed against the stress of a court case. And then there’s the potential humiliation many plaintiffs have experienced under the weight of rigorous cross examination. If you think folks like Chris Matthews and Megyn Kelly are skilled at “gotcha” questions, try your luck against a top-notch lawyer hired by a billionaire real estate mogul!
Yes, it would appear that Van Susteren has issued sound, reliable legal advice, free of charge. But Michelle Fields, however, didn’t see it that way.
As if to validate every pundit’s opinion that the thin-skinned reporter has a habit of acting like a spoiled and bratty drama queen fond of playing the trump card (no pun intended) of victimhood, Michelle Fields took to Twitter and attacked Van Susteren, posting:
“I think I’ll pass on getting legal advice from a Trump shill. Thanks tho.”
Apparently, Ms. Fields believes that every attorney who has advised a would-be plaintiff not to pursue a lawsuit is guilty of being a “shill” for the company, organization or individual targeted by the prospective plaintiff. However, unlike Michelle Fields, most of these disgruntled self-proclaimed “victims” have enough class, dignity and self-restraint not to bash the lawyers who offered their professional opinions.
I’d wrap up this commentary by advising Ms. Fields to stay classy, but we all know there’s about as much a chance of that happening as Ted Cruz winning the New York Republican primary or Donald Trump becoming the next governor of Colorado.