Apparently Cohen, long known as Trump’s “fixer,” didn’t appreciate the humor. So he sent along this email to The Onion:
The intimidation didn’t land at the Onion, in part because it didn’t find the thing till recently. Not long after publishing the “Donald Trump” op-ed, the Onion “apparently received an email from Mr. Cohen. Unfortunately, this email must have been improperly sorted by one of the Malaysian children who work in our mailroom, and was only discovered crumpled up under a pile of journalism awards in a remote corner of our offices last week.”
Oblivion, as it turns out, is a appropriate way to handle such a worthless quasi-legal gripe. Our system, after all, affords strong protections for the expression of satire and parody. “Although they may be offensive and intentionally injurious, these statements contain constitutionally protected ideas and opinions, provided a reasonable reader would not mistake the statements as describing actual facts,” notes one description of this important element of First Amendment law.
Michael Cohen, quite clearly, is not “a reasonable reader.”