According to a federal judge’s reversal on his ruling, Nick Sandmann, the Kentucky teen who suffered scandal at the hands of the “Fake News” can now sue The Washington Post for its Liberal and false coverage. There are multiple media outlets sued by the teen and his family, but in July, Judge William Bertelsman rejected the lawsuit because of the First Amendment rights for the press. However, he changed his mind this week due to three of the 33 statements published were defamatory and false.
To recap the story, back on January 18, the school Nick Sandmann was attending went on a field trip to Washington, D.C. As the students of the Kentucky school, Covington Catholic High, stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial with their “Make America Great Again” caps, a Native American advocate, Nathan Phillips, stood face to face with Sandmann beating on his drum. Phillips accused the teen of “blocking him on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.” Sandmann denied the accusations, and the media exploded from there.
When Judge Bertelsman first stated all of the 33 statements reported by The Washington Post were not defamatory, he did not give any explanation when he reconsidered and decided three comments were defamatory. The judge wrote, “Suffice to say that the Court has given this matter careful review and concludes that ‘justice requires’ that discovery be had regarding these statements and their context. The Court will adhere to its previous rulings as they pertain to these statements except Statements 10, 11, and 33, to the extent that these three statements state that the plaintiff ‘blocked’ Nathan Phillips and ‘would not allow him to retreat.”
March 1st, The Washington Post put out a long letter from the editor after the lawsuit was filed from the Sandmann family. The only lines mentioned which can be used in the suit are the ones where it stated Sandman allegedly “blocking Phillips.” No other lines will be allowed to be used in the case as the judge saw fit for the rest of the story.
The first-filed complaint was “alleging that The Washington Post ignored basic journalist standards because it wanted to advance its well-known and easily documented, biased agenda against President Donald J. Trump by impugning individuals perceived to be supporters of the President.” The Washington Post denied the claim from the family and stood by its report at the time the incident took place.
Lin Wood, who is the attorney for the Sandmann family, stated, “We look forward to engaging in full discovery to develop the factual record in this case, which we believe will ultimately lead to The Post being held accountable for its accusatory coverage of Nicholas Sandmann.”
The lawsuits are still ongoing with NBC and CNN, and others are yet to follow. NBC and CNN have both filed for motions in the courts to dismiss the case. Both outlets are being sued for hundreds of millions of dollars.
For NBC, the Sandmann family’s attorney stated in May, “NBCUniversal attacked Nicholas by relying heavily on biased and unreliable sources without conducting any reasonable investigation of the circumstances surrounding the January 18 incident.” The lawsuit reads, “NBCUniversal’s attacks on Nicholas included at least fifteen (15) defamatory television broadcasts, six (6) defamatory online articles, and many tweets falsely accusing Nicholas and his Covington Catholic High School (“CovCath”) classmates of racists acts, including among other things. NBC Universal continued to promote its false narrative that Nicholas had instigated a racist confrontation with Phillips long after Phillips was exposed as a fraud whose version of events was not entitled to any credibility by responsible members of the media.”
All the cases for the lawsuit state mostly the same as the one for NBCUniversal. There is a hefty fine to pay in the lawsuit for defamation and reporting false news. Yes, The First Amendment does protect the media, but it should never defend them when it comes to false claims and reports. For too long, they have relied on the Constitutional right and have abused the system for shielding Liberal agendas. They attack Trump supporters and all Conservatives beyond belief. Now it is time they pay up and kudos to Judge William Bertelsman for reversing his decision and allowing the case to continue even if it is for just three lines in The Washington Post’s report. Justice will be served to the Sandmann family for the slander in which the media cast upon something innocent. Karma is Great!!