I received a reply from the lovely Mr Lippman:
Hi! Mike here!
Mr. Ferry and I have some serious reservations about the content and tone of your little essay here. First of all, in my most recent conversation with Bryan he assured me that I am “of the finest caliber.” So perhaps, in fact, it is YOU who are making the typoes! The only person who would doubt the validity of The Real Bryan Ferry is a doubter. I can guarantee 100% iron clad that Mr. Ferry has no time for doubters. Also, how DARE YOU insinuate that Mr. Ferry has lost his facilties simpley because of His Knowledge concerning The Golden Kingdom Of Dreams. I am generally quite a cheerful person (hi!), but this saddens my heart greatly. I’m afraid I’m going to have to assure you that a legal preperation is in the works for not one, but now TWO, slanderers.
With Regret But Still A Smile,
How nice to hear from Mr Lippman- or Mike; I hope he doesn’t mind if I call him that. It’s not often that a prominent attorney from the US takes the time to reply to my Tumblr posts, so I feel extremely privileged that someone took the time in this case.
Mike is clearly quite perceptive: I am doubtful. I would go so far as to say that I am flat out suspicious. You see, back when I was doing my journalism training, I was taught never take to take anything on the internet concerning public figures seriously unless I had a press release from their representation that was submitted to a legitimate news agency or a video that clearly shows and tells them making a particular statement. I am inclined to trust legal eagles as a rule because I have only ever had professional and completely transparent dealings with them, but then yet another rule from journalism school is to verify the authenticity and good standing of your sources.
Google reveals this: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/24/nyregion/bronx-judge-in-misconduct-case-should-be-forced-out-head-of-panel-says.html?_r=1&
And this: http://www.noethics.net/News/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1240%3Ais-ny-attorney-michael-lippman-a-greedy-despicable-thief-and-an-ethical-leper-con&catid=35%3Aattorney-misfits&Itemid=54
This is most interesting, is it not? Our Mike is indeed a jovial fellow and I have no wish to extend my doubt to his credentials etc. I “simpley” doubt his methods and the fact that he appears to be chasing crumbs while a cake is being made of Mr Ferry elsewhere on the internet.
One thing Mike misunderstood, however, was my comment regarding BF’s state of mind if he did indeed make the “golden kingdom of dreams” remark. You will note that I did indeed use the term “state of mind” when considering this phrase and Mike is quite wrong if he feels I am questioning the “facilties” of a performing artist I have esteemed for years. One’s state of mind can be determined by their levels of hunger, tiredness, emotion and their entirely subjective perceptions of a situation. The remark is bizarre, albeit poetic, and I think anyone would be within their rights to clarify the wording and the meaning behind it. I don’t mind missing out on such a mythical place because of my doubtfulness and I also would not mind if the real Bryan Ferry did not have time for me. Were I a man of his success, I wouldn’t have time for me either.
So, no offence to either the real Mr Lippman or the real Bryan Ferry, but I am still wary of this Tumblr campaign to stop slander. Even the phrase “Tumblr campaign to stop slander” is so hugely unlikely in my experience of this site. I did not set out to defame Mr Ferry, nor was my wording malicious. The term ‘state of mind’ is not one I would say relates to the mental capacity or faculties of a person and nor was my intention to call into question the soundness of anyone’s mind; more, my concern in regards to this situation is in regards to supposed statements being made via Tumblr. I know if I were a high profile person seeking to protect my reputation through media dissemination of my opinions and vocalisation of my legal rights, I’d release a statement to or even just write a letter for the comments section of a reputable major newspaper in my quest to be taken seriously. But hey, I am not a high profile person and it is my honest opinion that my commentary has not engendered any falsehoods about BF to be perceived.
Mr Lippman, I am terribly sorry to have saddened your heart, but I find this whole assertion of slander to be trivial and pointless. Not only was my approach to chronicle the issue and question the validity of using Tumblr as a venue for legal discussion, but I did not defame the real Mr Ferry’s “facilties” either. I questioned why a lawyer would resort to starting a Tumblr to oppose perceived slander against a high profile client and I continue to question that, as well as the wisdom of making supposed public statements through such a medium. I apologise if I assumed incorrectly that an established celebrity with many years in the public eye under his belt would use only the acknowledged methods of damage control to deflect what they perceive to be genuine threats to their reputation and good standing in public. I am also sorry if the real Mr Ferry feels hurt by my coverage of this issue and now has no time for me because I’m a doubter. One final apology: I apologise if a real-life lawyer had to spend his valuable time Tumblr-blogging for justice when he could have been in court etc.
Threatening me does not make me automatically trust what I read on the internet. I suppose I should apologise for that too, but I won’t. I would likely trust a cease and desist letter, however, should Mr Lippman feel obliged to serve me one.