How many of you heard that Nick Sandmann’s defamation lawsuit against the Washington Post was dismissed Friday?
Seems to me that this is being played almost to a whisper by the major media, and no wonder since most of them are just as guilty as the Washington Post in defaming Sandmann and the other Covington kids who were smeared as racist haters earlier this year when they were confronted by an American Indian protester in DC.
According to Fox News:
A federal judge in Kentucky Friday threw out a defamation lawsuit filed against The Washington Post by Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann and his family over the paper’s reporting of an incident between the young man and a Native American man this past January in Washington.
The lawsuit, which was filed in February, sought $250 million in damages and accused the Post of practicing “a modern-day form of McCarthyism” by targeting Sandmann and “using its vast financial resources to enter the bully pulpit by publishing a series of false and defamatory print and online articles … to smear a young boy who was in its view an acceptable casualty in their war against the president.”
Here’s the reasoning used against Sandmann:
In a 36-page ruling, U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman noted that the Post never mentioned Sandmann by name in its initial coverage of the incident, referring only to groups of “hat wearing teens.” Bertelsman added that “the words used contain no reflection upon any particular individual” and thus could not be constituted as defamation. The judge also ruled that the newspaper used language that was “loose, figurative,” and “rhetorical hyperbole” which is protected by the First Amendment.
Sandmann also filed lawsuits against CNN and NBC, which remain in place, but the Fake News Amazon Washington Post May be off the hook for now. Sandmann’s parents and attorneys said they will be asking an appellate court to review the district court decision, but let’s face it — any courtroom is hostile territory for a conservative trying to get his rights upheld.