Nick Sandmann Sues Washington Post for Two Hundred and Fifty Million Dollars

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As I observed in an earlier post, the attorneys for the Covington students are not fooling around:

In what they say is “just the first of many,” lawyers for Covington Catholic High School junior Nick Sandmann filed a $250 million lawsuit against the Washington Post today.

“The Post rushed to lead the mainstream media to assassinate Nicholas’ character and bully him,” high-profile attorneys Lin Wood and Todd McMurty wrote in a summary of their lawsuit. The newspaper “[fanned] the flames of the social media mob into a mainstream media frenzy of false attacks and threats against Nicholas.”

Sandmann and his fellow Covington classmates became the target of false accusations of racism after a selectively edited video of them waiting for their bus after the 2019 March for Life was shared on social media. The video purported to show the boys harassing an elderly Native American veteran. But additional extended video and firsthand accounts soon revealed the man, Nathan Phillips, was the one who waded into the group waiting for its bus and decided to beat a drum inches from Sandmann’s face, and other adults who accompanied Phillips shouted racial taunts at the kids. The kids had been performing school cheers in an attempt to drown out the harassment, and did not respond to adults’ insults and abuse in kind.

 

Go here to read the rest.  The amount of the requested damages is a signal to the Washington Post that this suit will not be settled and that they are in for the fight of their lives.  Go here to read the law suit.  It might as well have been written in fire.  The damage amount reflects what Jeff Bezos paid for the rag.  This litigation is going to be fought in the Public Square as much, or more so, as in Court.  The battle has begun .

 

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10 Comments

  1. I think their chances of winning are excellent. Of course the question then comes down to what damages would be assessed by the jury and whether the court would reduce the amount of damages so assessed.

  2. I’m not usually a fan of lawsuits unless necessary. This is necessary. I wish them the best, and hope that this might somehow begin the great cleansing of our propaganda ministries.

  3. Agree with DRM and Mr. Griffey. I’ve been waiting for the first non-public figure defamation suit to hit these arrogant media companies, since the SCOTUS has made it nearly impossible for anyone in public life to win such a case against anyone. I do hope this case and others like it proceed to trial, so that the mendacity of those who control and staff the Compost and other defendant organizations can be fully exposed. Unfortunately that likely won’t happen before the 2020 election, but maybe we’ll get lucky.

  4. I tend to dislike this sort of thing, and would prefer a tort system wherein punitive damages were paid to the Community Chest or some such. The Sullivan decision (a little bon bon by appellate judges to the reporters who gave them such good press) I’d wager has been part and parcel of a set of forces ruining the institutional culture of news outlets. It would be agreeable that decision were reversed and punitive damages liquidated most extant outlets and a new class of journalists appeared with a different set of vlues.

  5. Oh, let it happen. The American media is nothing more than a collection of shills for Democrat/Socialist/Communist prop, and we’re certainly on to them. They carry the water, censor, cover, obfuscate, lie, and in other ways assist the for now soft coup against Donald Trump. They hate America and real Americans. We are so happy this is happening. If they had started a GoFundMe site, Americans would have paid for it.
    Please God, let justice happen.

  6. Art-
    Nope, that got struck down with the Civil Asset decision today.
    (Which I support, though with an eye on keeping it from destroying other tools against evil)

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