CNN is learning the hard way that spreading fake news could be extremely costly to the company’s bottom line.
In an effort to paint President Donald Trump and his supports as unabashed racists the news network ran with a story about Convington Catholic.
In particular, it painted student Nick Sandmann as someone who mocked and ridiculed a native American activist.
But when the facts of the case were uncovered with new video CNN and other news agencies and celebrities were left looking ridiculous.
And now the attorney for Sandmann filed a lawsuit on Tuesday seeking a whopping $275 million in damages, The Daily Mail reported.
The Covington Catholic teenager who was vilified over a viral clip of a face-off with a Native American activist has sued CNN for $275million over its coverage of the incident.
Attorneys for 16-year-old Nicholas Sandmann filed the federal lawsuit on Tuesday in the Eastern District of Kentucky, seeking $75million in compensatory and $200million in punitive damages.
Sandmann was widely portrayed as a racist over a January 18 video clip of him wearing a Make America Great Again hat and standing face-to-face with Nathan Phillips, who claimed he’d been surrounded and abused by the group of Catholic teens who were on a school trip.
Extensive video told a very different story, however, indicating that the teens had been abused with racist and homophobic slurs by a group of Black Hebrew Israelites, before Phillips waded into the middle of the school group with his drum.
In the complaint, Sandmann’s attorney’s allege that CNN was blinded by political bias, and defamed the teen in a quest to smear President Donald Trump and his supporters.
“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,” the lawsuit said.
“CNN ignored the facts and put its anti-Trump agenda first in waging a 7-day media campaign of false, vicious attacks against Nicholas, a young boy who was guilty of little more than wearing a souvenir Make America Great Again cap while on a high school field trip,” it said.
“In fact, it was Nicholas and his CovCath classmates who were bullied, attacked, and confronted with racist and homophobic slurs and threats of violence by the Black Hebrew Israelites, a recognized hate group, before being unexpectedly confronted by Phillip, an activist, who proceeded to target Nicholas while chanting and beating a drum inches from his face and being flanked by activists companions filming the event,” it said.
Sandmann and his attorney L. Lin Wood are also suing The Washington post, but Wood said CNN’s actions were more egregious.
“CNN was probably more vicious in its direct attacks on Nicholas than The Washington Post. And CNN goes into millions of individuals’ homes,” he said on Fox News.
“They really went after Nicholas with the idea that he was part of a mob that was attacking the Black Hebrew Israelites, yelling racist slurs at the Black Hebrew Israelites. Totally false,” Wood said.
“Now you say you’ve seen the tape; if you took the time to look at the full context of what happened that day, Nicholas Sandmann did absolutely nothing wrong. He was, as I’ve said to others, he was the only adult in the room. But you have a situation where CNN couldn’t resist the idea that here’s a guy with a young boy, that Make America Great Again cap on. So they go after him,” he said.
“The CNN folks were online on Twitter at 7 a.m retweeting the little one-minute propaganda piece that had been put out. … They’re out there right away going after this young boy. And they maintain it for at least two days. Why didn’t they stop and just take an hour and look through the Internet and find the truth and then report it? Maybe do that before you report the lies,” he said.
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