Glenn Greenwald and Salon.com deserve our admiration for reporting on a vicious man [Frank VanderSloot (hagiography can about the man can be found here)] and the company he leads (Melaleuca), “…a pyramid selling organization, built along the lines of Herbalife and Amway,” according to Forbes.com. We should express our admiration for Greenwald and Salon because VanderSloot and his company promote politically and socially reactionary policies as well as defend their capacity to do so by harassing their critics with frivolous and potentially expensive lawsuits. By critically reporting about VanderSloot and Melaleuca, the nature of Melaleuca’s business, VanderSloot’s politics and these frivolous lawsuits, Greenwald and Salon publicly threw down the gauntlet, daring VanderSloot to bring a lawsuit against him and Salon.com.
VanderSloot is a Mormon, an anti-gay activist and the national finance co-chair of Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. Accordingly, Romney ought to be pestered with questions about VanderSloot’s politics and dubious legal tactics until he gives a sensible defense of them. Is this the kind of man Romney wants on his side? The voters ought to know the answer to this question.