Nicholas Sandmann has settled his lawsuit against CNN for an undisclosed amount after seeking $275 million in reparations.
If you’ll recall, after the March for Life in 2019, Sandmann and his classmates from Covington Catholic High School were viciously denounced by millions across the nation after a viral video purported to show him and his classmates making fun of native American Nathan Phillips. Sandmann was wearing a Make America Great Again baseball cap when the confrontation ensued, which was one of the reasons for the controversy.
A later released, longer clip showed that it was Phillips who had approached Sandmann while chanting and beating a drum in his face, not the other way around. Still, the damage to Sandmann’s reputation had already been done as media networks around the country had run with the story implying that Sandman was racist.
According to National Review, “The lawsuit filed by Sandmann’s attorneys in the Eastern District of Kentucky claimed that 53 statements included in CNN’s coverage of the incident were defamatory. One such statement, included in a CNN opinion piece, accused the students of acting with ‘racist disrespect’ towards Phillips.”
The lawsuit had alleged that, “CNN brought down the full force of its corporate power, influence, and wealth on Nicholas by falsely attacking, vilifying, and bullying him despite the fact that he was a minor child.”
In October, The Daily Citizen updated you on Sandmann’s suit against The Washington Post after a judge, which had originally dismissed his case, changed his mind and allow his lawsuit to proceed.
Sandmann’s suit against The Washington Post and NBC Universal are still pending. In all, he was originally seeking $800 million in damages from the three media outlets combined.
On Twitter, Sandmann confirmed the settlement. “Yes, we settled with CNN,” he wrote.
Hopefully, the news media will finally learn the lesson that reporting fake news doesn’t pay.
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