232 Views

High School Student, Nicholas Sandmann Slams $275 Million Defamation Lawsuit on CNN

A Kentucky teenager sued CNN on Tuesday for defamation, saying the cable network falsely conveyed to viewers that he was the “face of an unruly hate mob” confronting a Native American activist at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in January.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann in federal court in Kentucky, seeks $275 million in compensatory and punitive damages over the videotaped incident in the nation’s capital.

Sandmann and other Covington Catholic students had been in Washington to attend a March for Life anti-abortion rally.

In photos and videos that went viral from the incident, Sandmann is seen standing face to face with Native American activist Nathan Phillips. Sandmann stares and smiles at Phillips while Phillips sings and plays his drum.

The footage sparked outrage on social media, with many viewers saying that Sandmann and a group of fellow students seen gathered around Phillips appeared to be mocking the activist.

The complaint said CNN, a division of Turner Broadcasting System Inc-owned Warner Media LLC, aired four “defamatory” broadcasts and nine online articles falsely accusing Sandmann, 16, and his classmates of “engaging in racist conduct.”

“The CNN accusations are totally and unequivocally false, and CNN would

have known them to be untrue had it undertaken any reasonable efforts to verify their accuracy before publication,” the complaint said.

A CNN spokeswoman said the network declined to comment.

A private investigation firm commissioned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington in Park Hills, Kentucky, to review the incident concluded last month that there was no evidence the students provoked a confrontation.

Instead, the report found that the teenagers were met at the Lincoln Memorial by offensive statements directed at them by several African-American protesters from a group known as the Black Hebrew Israelites.

According to this account, the students responded with permission from the teacher chaperones by shouting “school spirit” chants before Phillips waded into scene playing his drum.

The complaint said CNN exhibited a bias against President Donald Trump by focusing on Sandmann and other Covington students because they were wearing red caps emblazoned with the president’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

Trump has a contentious relationship with CNN, frequently calling it “Fake News.”

Last month, Sandmann sued the Washington Post for $250 million over its reporting of the same incident.

The newspaper said in a statement that it would “mount a vigorous defense,” and later published an “Editor’s Note” explaining how its coverage of the incident evolved as new information came to light.

32 Comments

  1. I’m really loving the theme/design of your web site. Do
    you ever run into any internet browser compatibility problems?
    A handful of my blog visitors have complained about my blog not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great
    in Chrome. Do you have any suggestions to help fix this issue?

  2. Nice post. I used to be checking constantly this weblog and
    I am impressed! Extremely helpful information specially the ultimate phase 🙂 I
    take care of such information a lot. I used to be looking for this certain information for a
    long time. Thank you and good luck.

  3. Hey There. I found your weblog the use of msn. This is a very neatly written article.
    I will make sure to bookmark it and return to learn more of your helpful info.
    Thanks for the post. I will certainly return.

  4. Thanks for ones marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it, you
    will be a great author. I will be sure to bookmark
    your blog and may come back later on. I want to encourage one to continue your
    great posts, have a nice weekend!

  5. You actually make it seem so easy along with your presentation however I find this matter to be actually something which I feel
    I would never understand. It kind of feels too complex and very extensive for me.
    I’m looking forward to your subsequent submit, I’ll attempt to
    get the cling of it!

  6. Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed!

    Very helpful info particularly the last part
    🙂 I care for such info a lot. I was looking for this certain information for a long time.
    Thank you and best of luck.

  7. Thanks for some other wonderful article. The place else may
    just anybody get that type of info in such a perfect approach of writing?
    I’ve a presentation next week, and I’m at the look for such info.

  8. I am constantly signing in and out of my college website and it is rather annoying to always have to type in my user id. It used to be saved, but then I updated Firefox and it won’t save.. . If anyone could explain to make Firefox remember that would be great. Thanks..

  9. Hello There. I discovered your blog using msn. That is a really well written article.
    I’ll be sure to bookmark it and return to read extra of your useful information. Thank you for the post.
    I’ll certainly comeback.

  10. I’m now not sure where you are getting your information, however good topic.
    I needs to spend a while learning more or figuring out
    more. Thanks for fantastic information I used to be looking for this info for
    my mission.

  11. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message
    home a little bit, but other than that, this is excellent blog.
    A fantastic read. I’ll definitely be back.

  12. I believe that is among the most important information for me.

    And i’m glad reading your article. However should observation on some general issues, The website style is perfect, the articles is really excellent :
    D. Good process, cheers

  13. I simply want to mention I’m beginner to blogging and absolutely enjoyed this blog site. Likely I’m want to bookmark your site . You surely come with excellent article content. With thanks for sharing with us your web-site.

  14. I am no longer sure where you’re getting your info,
    but great topic. I must spend a while studying more or understanding more.
    Thank you for magnificent information I used to be searching for this information for my
    mission. cheap flights 34pIoq5

  15. Hello there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I
    truly enjoy reading through your blog posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same topics?
    Thanks for your time!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*