When the media perpetuated a hoax concerning the events at the Right To Life March last month, baselessly attacking a group of students—and one student in particular who was wearing a MAGA hat—the social media mob was quick to grab their pitchforks and join in the threats against a student.
However, the story wasn’t true.
The students’ lives were threatened and they were subjected to outrageous hate, all because a few ‘reliable’ media outlets continued to spread lies concerning the incident.
One such outlet, The Washington Post, deliberately posted articles about the event, even after the full video was available, showing that the students did nothing wrong, and actually showed tremendous maturity and control in the face of persecution, ridicule and attacks.
Now, attorney’s representing Nick Sandmann—the student maligned by the left—have announced that they have filed a lawsuit against the liberal publication. They want $250 million in compensatory and punitive damages, and many people think that’s too little punishment for what the paper did to this kid.
“The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Kentucky, accused The Post of practicing “a modern-day form of McCarthyism” by targeting Nicholas Sandmann and “using its vast financial resources to enter the bully pulpit by publishing a series of false and defamatory print and online articles … to smear a young boy who was in its view an acceptable casualty in their war against the president.”
There’s no denying that fact.
Washington Post spokesperson Kris Coratti told Fox News in an email that the paper was “reviewing a copy of the lawsuit, and we plan to mount a vigorous defense.”
Sandmann, a junior at Covington Catholic High School, was made a target for leftist mob outrage after a video of him standing face-to-face with a Native American career activist, Nathan Phillips was posted to social media.
“Sandmann and the Covington students were initially accused of initiating the confrontation, but other videos and the students’ own statements showed that they were verbally accosted by a group of black street preachers who were shouting insults both at them and a group of Native Americans.”
The lawsuit outlines how The Post “ignored the truth” about the incident, and says the paper “falsely accused Nicholas of … ‘accost[ing]’ Phillips by ‘suddenly swarm[ing]’ him in a ‘threaten[ing]’ and ‘physically intimidat[ing]’ manner … ‘block[ing]’ Phillips path, refusing to allow Phillips ‘to retreat,’ ‘taunting the dispersing indigenous crowd,’ [and] chanting, ‘Build that wall,’ ‘Trump2020,’ or ‘Go back to Africa,’ and otherwise engaging in racist and improper conduct. …”
Listed in the lawsuit is the fact that the paper published seven “false and defamatory” articles about the incident between Jan. 19 and 21, and that it “knew and intended that its false and defamatory accusations would be republished by others, including media outlets and others on social media.”
“Earlier this month, Sandmann’s attorneys sent preservation letters to more than 50 media organizations, celebrities and politicians — including The Post, The New York Times, CNN, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and actors Alyssa Milano and Jim Carrey — the first step in possible libel and defamation lawsuits.
“Last week, investigators hired by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington concluded that the students did not instigate the confrontation with Phillips.”
Those facts are easy to ascertain by watching the full video, which had already been released by the time the Post started bad-mouthing these students.
Many people argue that $250 million is not enough for the slime-ball tactics used by the anti-conservative outlet.
The president recently expressed his support for the lawsuit in a tweet:
“The Washington Post ignored basic journalistic standards because it wanted to advance its well-known and easily documented biased agenda against President Donald J. Trump.” Covington student suing WAPO. Go get them Nick. Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019
The sentiment is shared by millions of people.