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Covington Catholic Student Sues The Washington Post for $250M

— February 21, 2019

Earlier this week, Nick Sandmann’s laywers, Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry, filed a $250 million lawsuit against The Washington Post regarding how it treated Sandmann in the aftermath of the January Lincoln Memorial incident.

Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry, the lawyers representing Covington Catholic High School junior Nick Sandmann, filed an enormous $250 million lawsuit against The Washington Post earlier this week and warned others that “this is only the beginning.” The suit is seeking compensatory and punitive damages and both Wood and McMurtry said they plan to continue bringing “wrongdoers before the court to seek damages in compensation for the harm so many have done to the Sandmann family.”

The suit accuses The Washington Post of defamation and libel, among other things. It states:

“The Washington Post targeted Sandmann because he was the white, Catholic student wearing a red ‘Make America Great Again’ souvenir cap on a school field trip to the January 18 March for Life in Washington, D.C. when he was unexpectedly and suddenly confronted by Nathan Phillips (‘Phillips’), a known Native American activist, who beat a drum and sang loudly within inches of his face (‘the January 18 incident’).”

Lady Justice; image by WilliamCho, via Pixabay, CC0.
Lady Justice; image by WilliamCho, via Pixabay, CC0.

The suit continues:

“In targeting and bullying Nicholas by falsely accusing him of instigating the January 18 incident, the Post conveyed that Nicholas engaged in acts of racism by ‘swarming’ Phillips, ‘blocking’ his exit away from the students, and otherwise engaging in racist misconduct. The Post ignored basic journalist standards because it wanted to advance its well-known and easily documented, biased agenda against President Donald J. Trump (“the President”) by impugning individuals perceived to be supporters of the President.”

When commenting on the lawsuit and how The Washington Post treated Sandmann, Wood said:

“In a span of three (3) days in January of this year commencing on January 19, the Washington Post engaged in a modern-day form of McCarthyism to claim leadership of a mainstream & social media mob of bullies which attacked, vilified & threatened Nick Sandmann, an innocent minor.”

This $250 million lawsuit against The Washington Post came after Wood and McMurtry sent letters to more than 50 individuals and organizations requesting retractions. The letters also warned the entities that lawsuits were just around the corner. The letters were sent to the following:

  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post
  • Cable News Network Inc. (CNN)
  • The Guardian
  • National Public Radio
  • TMZ
  • Atlantic Media Inc.
  • Capitol Hill Publishing Corp.
  • Diocese of Covington
  • Diocese of Lexington
  • Archdiocese of Louisville
  • Archdiocese of Baltimore
  • Ana Cabrera
  • Sara Sidner
  • Erin Burnett
  • S.E. Cupp
  • Eliott C. McLaughlin
  • Amanda Watts
  • Emanuella Grinberg
  • Michelle Boorstein
  • Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
  • Antonio Olivo
  • Joe Heim
  • Michael E. Miller
  • Eli Rosenberg
  • Isaac Stanley-Becker
  • Kristine Phillips
  • Sarah Mervosh
  • Emily S. Rueb
  • Maggie Haberman
  • David Brooks
  • Shannon Doyne
  • Kurt Eichenwald
  • Andrea Mitchell
  • Savannah Guthrie
  • Joy Reid
  • Chuck Todd
  • Noah Berlatsky
  • Elisha Fieldstadt
  • Eun Kyung Kim
  • HBO
  • Bill Maher
  • Warner Media
  • Conde Nast
  • GQ
  • The Hill
  • The Atlantic
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  • Kathy Griffin
  • Alyssa Milano
  • Jim Carrey


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