The Washington Post and Nick Sandmann settle lawsuit out of court
The Washington Post and Nick Sandmann have settled a libel and slander lawsuit stemming from coverage of the Kentucky teen, who became the center of a social media firestorm last year.
Sandmann announced the settlement Friday on Twitter, which also happened to be his 18th birthday.
"Thanks to my family & millions of you who have stood your ground by supporting me," Sandmann wrote. "I still have more to do."
The teen and his family sued The Washington Post for $250 million after it reported on a viral video from a trip Sandmann took with his Covington Catholic High School class to Washington, D.C., for the Right to Life March in January 2019.
The details of the settlement have not been released publicly. A motion filed in U.S. District Court by Sandmann's lawyers requested the case be dismissed at the request of both sides of the suit.
"We are pleased that we have been able to reach a mutually agreeable resolution of the remaining claims in this lawsuit," said Kristine Coratti Kelly, vice president of communications for The Washington Post, in a statement to The Enquirer, part of the USA TODAY Network.
On 2/19/19, I filed $250M defamation lawsuit against Washington Post. Today, I turned 18 & WaPo settled my lawsuit. Thanks to @ToddMcMurtry & @LLinWood for their advocacy. Thanks to my family & millions of you who have stood your ground by supporting me. I still have more to do.
— Nicholas Sandmann (@N1ckSandmann) July 24, 2020
The clip video showed Sandmann and Nathan Phillips, a Native American who was demonstrating that day, facing each other in a crowd. Sandmann was wearing a red Make America Great Again hat.
Twitter exploded with accusations of racism and privilege. News outlets like the Washington Post, NBC, CNN and the USA TODAY Network began reporting the story.
Phillips told reporters he was trying to defuse a tense situation – some of the students had just had a loud encounter with a group of Black Hebrew Israelites, which is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Sandmann identified himself as the teen featured in the video in a written statement. He said he was also trying to deescalate the situation because he wasn't sure why Phillips had approached him and the other students.
Sandmann and his attorneys argued that the gist of a Washington Post article falsely conveyed that Sandmann had assaulted or physically intimidated Nathan Phillips and engaged in racist conduct.
The suit said the paper's coverage was like a "modern-day form of McCarthyism."
Sandmann's attorneys claimed The Post incorrectly characterized the teen as the aggressor in the situation and exposed him to public ridicule.
The lawsuit was at first dismissed in federal court, but then was allowed to continue on a limited basis examining specific statements that said Sandmann "blocked" Phillips and "would not allow him to retreat."
In a tweet Friday, Sandmann said: "The fight isn't over. 2 down. 6 to go."
CNN settled with Sandmann in January. The details of that settlement were private.
There are outstanding lawsuits against NBC, ABC News, CBS News, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Gannett, which owns the USA TODAY Network.
Between all the lawsuits, Sandmann sought $1.25 billion in damages.
Well.....I suppose....they did invent the word "vegetarian".
"This week they have prepared documentation preservation letters addressed to organizations and individuals they believe may have defamed or libeled Nick with false reporting, McMurtry said.
McMurtry said the following organizations and people are those who can expect to receive the letters, which were all sent by the close of business on Friday.
The Washington Post
The New York Times
Cable News Network, Inc. (CNN)
National Public Radio
Atlantic Media Inc.
Capitol Hill Publishing Corp.
Diocese of Covington
Diocese of Lexington
Archdiocese of Louisville
Diocese of Baltimore
Elliot C. McLaughlin
Cleve R. Wootson Jr . Antonio Olivo
Michael E. Miller
Emily S. Rueb
Eun Kyung Kim
Would be AWESOME if the judge would allow the Metallica song of similar name to play as the parties entered the hearing room.........HAHA!!!
The number of defendants they could add to that list, is practically endless.
Funny part is..... all they had to do avoid the lawsuits was apologize, as they were asked to do.
Love to see them forced to discovery WRT a Trump lawsuit..... that could be a movie deal right there..... MSM is a bad joke anymore. Irrelevant to all but the lowest information consumer. They have lost all credibility, integrity and most of all, trust. They twist, lie, and omit to protect their narrative. Recent events have made that even more glaringly obvious. Useful idiots and sycophants.
If it weren't for double standards they'd literally have none at all......
Oh, and sometime just for fun watch the CBS evening news and see the hate on Norah's face when she even has to say Trump's name. 4 more years of that would be great!
History has significance. Poor slobs from the media have been advocating removal of so much that they forgot the WWII meme: Loose lips sink ships.
IMHO..... I think they sense they are in trouble in the MSM, they are in fear they are no longer in full control of the narrative. That is the one thing they need most, control of the narrative. There are now so many other options open for truth and facts to be..... illuminated. Voices given a growing "platform" to be heard. (Irony slathered on.... many platforms who grew into giants by offering voices are now turned corporate publisher and want these voices silenced.) Granted there are many off in the weeds and wilderness as well, but any semi intelligent person who's willing to do (due?) their diligence can get a good grasp of the situation.
Just look at the debacle on the Hill today with Barr. A disgraceful bunch of lying spoiled children. Even worse than the Russia debacle, the Kavanaugh hearings, the Impeachment "trial", ad nauseum.... All, every one, a proven lie. Propped up and championed by shameless liars. Same as this Covington lie. And STILL..... never..... any apology for the knowing lies and deceit. Even when a court of law might determine one is due. At every turn, the wrong end of the truth EVERY time..... and not a glimmer of self awareness. Knowing dishonesty justified in their little elitist bubble.... for your own good don'cha know. Now move along.... nothing to see here.....
We're talkin' not just smelling so bad they need to be buried..... some clearly need a stake in the heart first to make sure......
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If the MSM and professional sports disappeared and never returned, the country would be better off in so many ways.