Well, they caved, and I guess that CNN will be paying a young Trump supporter a very hefty sum of money.
On Tuesday, CNN agreed to settle the lawsuit with Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann who they defamed and dragged through the mud with their fake news.
The amount of the settlement is not known. But the hearing took place at the federal courthouse in Covington, Kentucky.
Sandmann’s lawsuit sought $800 million from fake news CNN, WAPO, and NBC.
The trial dates are still not set for NBC Universal and the Washington Post.
But I’d suggest they get out their checkbooks.
Sandmann’s attorney, Lin Wood, said, “This case will be tried not one minute earlier or later than when it is ready.”
The lawsuits were filed following an incident in Jan. 2019 in Washington, D.C. involving Covington Catholic High School students. Videos of that incident garnered national attention.
The initial video showed the self-identified Sandmann, now a senior at CovCath, and Nathan Phillips, an indigenous man who was participating in the Indigenous Peoples March. Sandmann and his classmates were in D.C. for the March For Life.
Other videos later surfaced showing different angles of the incident.
Wood said the damages were sought due to “emotional distress Nicholas and his family suffered.” He also said the family had to move from their home temporarily and that Nicholas was not permitted to attend school directly after the trip to Washington.
A lawsuit is expected to be filed against Phillips, Wood said. He indicated that lawsuit would seek $5 million, but the judge said that Phillips does not have as much money as the other defendants.
They also plan to sue Gannett, owners of The Enquirer, according to Wood.
He said he will bring that to the judge in the next 60 days.
Attorneys say the money they’re seeking is not designed to compensate Nick, but to “deter the defendants” from doing the same thing (that they’re accused of) in the future. [Fox19]
Whatever the amount, it still doesn’t give him his life back before this incident.
…fortunately, they felt compelled to pay rather than try and fight, which reiterates how wrong and aware they were of being in the wrong.
The right to free press is a wonderful piece of our Bill of Rights. It has so much power to shape our nation but also requires integrity, respect, and responsibility. All 3 of those are lost in modern journalism from the mainstream media.
NBC has been caught manipulating audio/video before to portray innocent parties as racist to churn up ratings, yet those lawsuits were either shut down or settled. I want this kid to follow through to the end and make NBC admit fault and admit that they care more about lining their own pockets than they do life in general.
This is excellent news! And a huge blow to all the fake news ghouls who tried to run a young kids life. These news stations need to be accountable for sensationalizing stories without proper facts. What happened to obtain all the facts before going public with information. This will set precedence for all future cases involving the media in these instances.
Can you say #TrumpCurse?
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