Bill Chappell. The family of Nicholas Sandmann, 16, is suing The Washington Post, accusing the newspaper of targeting the Covington Catholic High School student for political purposes. Teenager Nicholas Sandmann's family is suing The Washington Post, saying it targeted the Covington Catholic High School student and defamed him for political purposes when it reported on a January encounter on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial between Sandmann and Native American activist Nathan Phillips.
I knowit seems like ages ago, but this just happened in January! Well, after videos of that staredown went viral, the Washington Post interviewed the elder and activist, Nathan Phillips, about that confrontation between and him and the year-old teen as his classmates surrounded them during the March for Life rally. The Washington Post notes that those chants were not heard in the videos.
The Covington kid is suing. Sandmann, 16, inadvertently became the center of a media firestorm in January when a video began to circulate online, depicting Sandmann and other teenagers from Covington facing off with Phillips near the Lincoln Memorial. For many, the image of a white, Trump-friendly teen staring down an elderly Native activist conformed to an easy stereotype.
Not good enough, say the attorneys for Nick Sandmann, the Covington student who was singled out more than any other during the height of the supposed scandal. The Post made no effort to retract and correct the lies it published. The students did no such thing, as publicly available footage of the incident shows.
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Reuters - A high school student from Covington, Kentucky, sued the Washington Post for defamation on Tuesday, claiming the newspaper falsely accused him of racist acts and instigating a confrontation with a Native American activist in a January videotaped incident at the Lincoln Memorial. The lawsuit, filed in U. In a photo that went viral from the incident, Sandmann is seen standing face to face with Native American activist Nathan Phillips.
Bertelsman explained in his ruling. He added, "The defense that a statement of opinion is not actionable protects freedom of speech and the press guaranteed by the First Amendment. Although he acknowledged that Sandmann was sincere when he argued that his supposed confrontation with Phillips was actually an attempt "to calm the situation and not to impede or block anyone," Bertelsman added that the Post was merely reflecting the opinions conveyed by Phillips.
District Judge Ann Aiken. Youth filed their constitutional climate lawsuitcalled Juliana v. District Court for the District of Oregon in
Could President Donald Trump, Justice Clarence Thomas and a Kentucky teenager make it harder for liberals to criticize conservatives by redefining what constitutes defamation in the United States? Nick Sandmann appears determined to do that. Sandmann claims that the Post's coverage of the story — in which Sandmann was seen wearing a "Make America Great Again" baseball cap and smirking after Phillips approached him — constituted "a series of false and defamatory print and online articles. In a similar story, Thomas has argued that the Supreme Court should reconsider its landmark First Amendment ruling in the case of New York Times v.