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CNN Hit with $275 Million Lawsuit Over Covington Kid Coverage

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | March 13, 2019 | 5:02 PM EDT

Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann (Screenshot)

CNN has been hit with a $275 million lawsuit by attorneys for Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann.

NewsBusters reports:

In an incredibly-detailed 58-page suit, the firms of L. Lin Wood and Hemmer DeFrank Wessels alleged CNN aired and published “at least four (4) defamatory television broadcasts and nine (9) defamatory online articles” in addition to a deleted tweet by CNN political commentator Bakari Sellers that called for Sandmann to be assaulted.

Of course, this CNN suit came almost a month after the firms filed a $250 million suit against The Washington Post.

CNN is especially culpable, the lawsuit contends, because Sandmann is a minor and is not a public figure.

NewsBusters further reports:

After highlighting CNN’s animosity toward President Trump, the suit stated that, in a one week span, “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” that was “[c]ontrary to its ‘Facts First’ public relations ploy.”

For points 14-16, the Sandmann legal team cited a few examples of the things CNN alleged about Sandmann and his classmates:

14. More specifically, CNN falsely asserted that Nicholas and his CovCath classmates were in a “racis[t]” “mob mentality” and “looked like they were going to lynch” the Black Hebrew Israelites who were merely “preaching about the Bible nearby” “because they didn’t like the color of their skin” and “their religious views,” and that Nicholas and his classmates then “surrounded” one of the Native Americans, 64-year old Nathan Phillips, creating “a really dangerous situation” during which Nicholas “blocked [Phillips’] escape” when Phillips tried “to leave” the mob, causing Phillips to “fear for his safety and the safety of those with him,” while Nicholas and his classmates “harassed and taunted” him.

15. In short, the false and defamatory gist of CNN’s collective reporting conveyed to its viewers and readers that Nicholas was the face of an unruly hate mob of hundreds of white racist high school students who physically assaulted, harassed, and taunted two different minority groups engaged in peaceful demonstrations, preaching, song, and prayer.

16. The CNN accusations are totally and unequivocally false and CNN would have known them to be untrue had it undertaken any reasonable efforts to verify their accuracy before publication of its false and defamatory accusations.

The lawsuit further says:

“As a direct and proximate result of the False and Defamatory Accusations Nicholas is forced to live his life in a constant state of concern over his safety and the safety of his family.”

Read full report at NewsBusters.com.

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