Originally posted by Robert Morales:

Harlan's unchallenged testimony was that, upon hearing Fleischer was upset, he called him to make amends and assure him no offense was intended. However, Gary Groth and other TCJ staff were openly derisive--at one point announcing they'd throw a "Let's Kick Michael Fleischer in the Ass" fest.

Part of the problem was that TCJ was initially willing to run an apology and/or clarification, but Fleisher specifically asked that the Journal should publish the apology that he (Fleisher) had written, and that the Journal editors and Harlan Ellison should sign their names under it. Since they understandably weren't willing to do that, Fleisher went along with the lawsuit.

Rodrigo Baeza