Their lawsuit seeks to teach the media a lesson it will never forget.
Lawyers for Nick Sandmann, the student at the center of the controversy wherein, following the March for Life on January 18th, Native American activist Nathan Phillips marched into the midst of a group of Covington Catholic High School students waiting for a bus and proceeded to drum and chant within inches of the face of Mr. Sandmann, have filed a suit on his behalf (at the bequest of his parents), seeking $250 million from Washington Post, one of the media outlets that published erroneous and defamatory accounts of the incident.
The lawsuit, according to NPR, is “seeking $50 million in compensation for the alleged damage done, while the remaining $200 million in punitive damages would be aimed at punishing the newspaper company.” The amount was chosen to mirror the amount that billionaire Jeff Bezos paid for the Post in 2013, and is clearly and unequivocally chosen to send a message: not only to the Washington Post, but to other media outlets which have become increasingly prone to substitute partisan politics for objective reporting.
The NPR article notes that “In their complaint, the Sandmanns say they are asking a federal district court in Kentucky to help them ‘teach the Post a lesson it will never forget.'” They likely have an uphill battle to make this stick, and it is doubtful that, even if the suit is successful, they will get the full $250 million, but I hope it is successful, nonetheless. Winning this suit, regardless of amount, would sent a message that needs to be sent.
Most of my readers will recall this incident, in which an adult male, Mr. Phillips, clearly attempted to intimidate a group of high school students, who were doing nothing more offensive that singing school-spirit songs while waiting for their bus. The only “offense” of Mr. Sandmann, at the epicenter of the controversy, was in refusing to be intimidated or moved, standing his ground with an enigmatic smile while Mr. Phillips quite literally got in his face.
And, oh yes, I almost forgot: he and many of his classmates had committed the unpardonable sin of wearing a “MAGA” hat.
We live in an era where support of the President – or even of America – is sufficient to justify, in the minds of the Left, all sorts of punishment, from being kicked or heckled out of eating establishments, to having eggs thrown in their faces, to having protesters actually gather and demonstrate outside their homes.
The Covington kids received death threats, and it was even suggested that their school should be burned down, with the students inside – all this by the tolerant, diversity-celebrating, committed-to-coexistence Left, for whom “love trumps hate.”
Yeah, and if you believe that’s an example of love trumping hate, I’ve got some ocean-front property in Arizona I’m willing to sell you, cheap.
In any case, the suit being filed on Nicholas Sandmann’s behalf is clearly intended to send a message, not just to the Washington Post, but to all those who think they can get away with attacking, misrepresenting, and defaming people simply because they support the President. As the post I linked at the beginning of this entry notes,
“Sandmann’s attorneys accuse the Post of ‘wrongfully placing the anti-Trump, anti-Catholic, and [pro-choice] agenda over the harm its False and Defamatory Accusations caused to Nicholas’ and of ignoring ‘contrary information in favor of its pre-conceived false narrative against President Trump and his supporters.’ Sandmann’s name might be at the top of the complaint, but the attorneys who authored it clearly imagine their lawsuit is carrying the banner for every single victim of anti-MAGA discrimination.”
The author goes on to note that
“the complaint’s bellicose and overtly partisan language, as well as its reliance on the right-wing persecution complex, made me uneasy. So I decided to re-read the Post‘s first story on the Sandmann-Phillips incident. After all, it couldn’t be that bad.
“Oh, but it was. Even the headline—“Native American drummer speaks on the MAGA-hat wearing teens who surrounded him”—was false… the article degenerates into something akin to the murder of Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, as people and groups come forward one by one to sink their knives into Sandmann…
“From the sheer scale of this pile-on, you’d think Sandmann had shot up a school.”
If this is the kind of love that trumps hate, I think we could do with a little less of it, personally. Kudos to Nick Sandmann, his parents, and their attorneys for standing up to Leftist vitriol and pressure. I hope this suit succeeds. This is a lesson the Left – and I include the vast majority of the mainstream media in that category – needs to be taught. Whether they will actually learn it, even if the suit is successful, being of course another story…
Maybe we need a new slogan: “Make Media Sane Again.”