CNN ‘took something straight off Twitter that had been in essence manipulated so that it told one story and they reported it as the truth…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Attorneys for Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann filed a $275 million lawsuit against CNN on Tuesday, alleging that the network falsely and viciously attacked him.
“What CNN’s tagline is, is, ‘facts first,’ and what we believe their reporting was in this circumstance was, ‘lies first, cover up second,’ and facts not yet determined by that organization,” said Todd McMurtry, co-counsel for Sandmann, according to Fox News.
This is the second lawsuit that Sandmann and his attorneys, McMurtry and Lin Wood, have filed. It follows a $250 million lawsuit against The Washington Post.
The lawyers filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
They allege in the complaint that CNN “elevated false, heinous accusations of racist conduct” against Sandmann and disregarded “well-established journalistic standards and ethics.”
McMurtry said Sandmann’s “character has now been determined by the lies issued by CNN.”
He said CNN reporters, “without any reasonable investigation … took something straight off Twitter that had been in essence manipulated so that it told one story and they reported it as the truth.”
Sandmann, a junior in high school, attended the March for Life in January with his school.
Sandmann and his classmates were waiting for their bus near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., when Native American activists and Black Israelites—a black-supremacist religious group—confronted the boys.
The Black Israelites hurled insults at the black high school student who was in the predominantly white group, telling him that his white friends would “harvest his organs,” USA Today reported.
Then they called the white students “racists,” “bigots,” “white crackers,” “faggots” and “incest kids.”
After this exchange, Nathan Phillips, a Native American man who was attending the Indigenous Peoples’ March, approached Sandmann and began to beat a drum near his face.
Sandmann was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, so he and his peers were accused of starting a racist confrontation.
Sandmann’s lawyers are also considering lawsuits against NBC, The Associated Press, HBO, and specific individuals, such as Kathy Griffin, who said Sandmann should be doxxed.