Nick Sandmann and the other Covington Kids, justifiably upset after malicious editing left them the targets of the purple-faced rage of America’s virtue-signaling lynch mob, are suing the WaPo for $250 million.
The lawsuit claims The Post “ignored the truth” about the incident and says the paper “falsely accused Nicholas of … ‘accost[ing]’ Phillips by ‘suddenly swarm[ing]’ him in a ‘threaten[ing]’ and ‘physically intimidat[ing]’ manner … ‘block[ing]’ Phillips path, refusing to allow Phillips ‘to retreat,’ ‘taunting the dispersing indigenous crowd,’ [and] chanting, ‘Build that wall,’ ‘Trump2020,’ or ‘Go back to Africa,’ and otherwise engaging in racist and improper conduct. …”Sandmann’s attorneys accuse The Post of publishing seven “false and defamatory” articles about the incident between Jan. 19 and 21 and claim the paper “knew and intended that its false and defamatory accusations would be republished by others, including media outlets and others on social media.”Fox News, 2/19
Defamation cases are hard to win – justifiably so. We don’t want a system like the UK, where the famous and well-connected can shut up all criticism.
On the other hand, given the intensity of Big Media’s drive to “other” everyone who didn’t vote for Hillary, I’m wondering if there’s a legal theory that’d support a class action defamation suit?