Leading fake news outlets continue to scheme, mislead, and outright lie to tarnish the reputations of conservative Americans who love their country. But one Catholic school student recently beat the second of six media outlets — the Washington Post — in a defamation lawsuit.
Earlier in the year, Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann filed separate libel lawsuits against media outlets that misrepresented the facts of a confrontation that occurred in Washington, D.C.
Sandmann and his fellow students were waiting for a ride after peacefully protesting against abortion. The teens were reportedly confronted and harassed by Native American elder Nathan Phillips because they were wearing MAGA hats.
“For Nick Sandmann, he’s going to be tarnished with this stigma forever — that he is some arrogant, racist kid. Because that’s how he was depicted when he was at the Lincoln Memorial… everyone knows him as the ‘Covington kid,’” Lara Logan of Fox News reportedly said. “It was first reported that Nathan Phillips was trying to get past him. No one ever tried to get past him. I mean there is just one lie after another.”
Outlets such as ABC, CBS, The Guardian, The Hill, NBC, and CNN — widely considered the leader in fake news — failed to show viewers or report on a lengthy video that proved Phillips instigated the confrontation and got in the 16-year-olds face while pounding a drum. Rather than report the facts, outlets including CNN and the Washington Post appeared open arms to allow Phillips to tell a twisted version of the events that did not match reality.
“It was getting ugly, and I was thinking: ‘I’ve got to find myself an exit out of this situation and finish my song at the Lincoln Memorial,’” Phillips said at the time. “I started going that way, and that guy in the hat stood in my way and we were at an impasse.”
Sandmann and his attorney filed a massive combined $800 million libel lawsuit after the teen’s reputation was tarnished and he suffered an onslaught of threats from left-wing zealots. Phillips may be entitled to grossly misrepresent the events captured on video as his opinion, but CNN and the Washington Post just paid through the nose.
“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,” Sandmann tweeted, adding a note for the owner of Twitter. “We have settled with WAPO and CNN. The fight isn’t over. 2 down. 6 to go. Don’t hold your breath @jack.”
Left-leaning media outlets refused to retract the story or issue an apology even after extensive video demonstrated the facts were on Sandmann’s side. But CNN and the Washington Post settling out of court to avoid a jury trial is evidence enough.
The daily lies and distortions of fact will persist, but one teenager took them down, big league.