Washington Post is the first of many mainstream news outlets that are being targeted for legal recourse over misreported coverage of an non-troversy involving various groups protesting in Washington D.C., back on January 18th, 2019.
Reuters is reporting that Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann from Kentucky, has sued the Washington Post for $250 million, which Reuters reports is the price that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos paid for the Post back in 2013.
Sandmann’s argument is that he was “wrongfully targeted and bullied” by the Washington Post (amongst many others) as part of a political jockeying by Left-wing media to defame American subculture built around Donald Trump’s Presidency. Sandmann and his peers were vindicated when the full video footage was released that revealed that they in fact were innocent, as showcased in the clips compiled by YouTuber Stephen and Amy Hollenberg.
Reuters also notes that this is just the first of many, and that several more lawsuits would be filed in the weeks ahead.
The Washington Post’s VP for communications, Kristine Coratti, offered a short retort to the news about the lawsuit, saying…
“We are reviewing a copy of the lawsuit and we plan to mount a vigorous defense.”
This is in response to the initial article published on January 20th, 2019 by the Washington Post titled “‘It was getting ugly’: Native American drummer speaks on his encounter with MAGA-hat-wearing teens”, which is just one of many fake news pieces published by the Washington Post in recent times.
The particular piece in question centers around the Covington Catholic school kids allegedly intimidating Phillips, all while surrounding the story with a narrative that frames Kentucky and the high school kids as being racist Trump supporters.
This biased reporting from The Washington Post was actually used by YouTubers like David Pakman to continue to frame Covington as racist, and even citing certain information from the Washington Post article that turned out not to be true, such as the boys never actually having said “Build the wall” to the Native Americans.
Despite some of Pakman’s missteps in the video, his reportage was actually far more reasonable than what some of the other media outlets had published surrounding the event on January 18th. YouTubers like Philip DeFranco were quick to condemn the Covington kids before surveying all the facts, and even had to publish a new video on January 21st, 2019 going over the details, and lightly apologizing where he and others in the media had got it all wrong.
As pointed out by DeFranco, when the short, cropped clips spread online, multiple outlets jumped at the chance to condemn the Covington kids before getting all of the facts. This led to outlets like the Cincinnati.com proclaiming that the boys faced backlash for “blatant racism”.
The New York Times published a piece on January 19th, 2019 claiming the Covington kids were set about to “mob” the Native American protestors – although, after the actual full footage was released the New York Times completely overhauled its headline and content by excising the histrionics.
USA Today was another one, publishing an article on January 20th, 2019 also condemning the Covington kids with a charged headline accusing the kids of “racism”.
That’s just a tiny sampling of the headlines that permeated the news sphere over the weekend.
And in some cases, even after the truth had come out that the boys did not engage in racist acts, did not approach the Native American protestors (but were rather approached by the protestors), and that they did not chant “Build the wall!”, there were still attempts at calumny by media personalities like Bill Maher, who continued to push the misinformation that was spread by outlets like Washington Post and USA Today, even after corrections had been made at those outlets, as captured in a clip by Straight Shooter.
Maher’s take on the situation came a week after the misleading reports had been debunked, on January 25th, 2019.
The cost of this ill-reportage was that the Covington kids faced lots of harassment, bullying, and an unhealthy amount of death threats, as reported by the Independent.
Worse yet is that said death threats and harassment was actually fueled by celebrities such as Ron Perlman, Kathy Griffin, and CNN reporters, as reported by The New American.
Much like how the Rolling Stone Magazine took a major hit for publishing fake news about the UVA rape case and was sued for it, it looks like every major outlet who also published fake news about the Covington case will also potentially pay for it as well, but it could be much bigger given the implications of these news outlets attempting to rally outrage at underage persons based on a purposeful lack of fact checking.
(Thanks for the news tip Rala Cloft)