By Jon Dougherty
The family of a Covington Catholic High School student has filed a massive lawsuit against the Washington Post following the mostly media-generated controversy over his alleged ‘confrontation’ with Native American activist Nathan Phillips.
Lawyers for student Nick Sandmann filed a lawsuit seeking $250 million in damages from the Post, claiming that the paper “wrongfully targeted and bullied Nicholas 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.”
The alleged altercation between Sandmann and Phillips was captured by several people on video and immediately went viral, especially after news outlets like the Washington Post picked up the story.
The media, including the Post according to the lawsuit, blamed the incident on ‘white racism’ and claimed that Sandmann had accosted Phillips. But within 24 hours other videos surfaced showing that Phillips initiated contact with Sandmann and his fellow students from the all-boys school in Kentucky.
In the suit, lawyers for the Sandmann family claim that the Post “ignored basic journalistic standards” in reporting the story. Many of the students, including Sandmann, were wearing iconic red “Make America Great Again” hats and were targeted by Phillips and a group of insult-spewing Black Israelites who were nearby.
The students were in Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life event and were confronted afterward near the Lincoln Memorial as they were waiting for a bus to take them back to their hotel, reports said.
Attorneys Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry said that their suit was merely the first in a wave of additional legal actions they are planning to file against so-called “mainstream” media outlets over their biased coverage of the incident.
The Catholic Diocese of Covington commissioned an independent investigation of the incident which found that the accounts from the Covington students were accurate and consistent claims that Phillips initiated contact with them and Sandmann. The investigation concluded that there was no wrongdoing by students though they were excoriated the media and by Leftists in the entertainment industry.
The lawsuit received presidential backing on Wednesday, with POTUS Donald Trump tweeting his support.
“The Washington Post ignored basic journalistic standards because it wanted to advance its well-known and easily documented biased agenda against President Donald J. Trump.” Covington student suing WAPO. Go get them Nick. Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019
“Covington student suing WAPO. Go get them Nick. Fake News!” POTUS Tweeted.
The Bishop of Covington also sent a letter of apology to the families of the students and acknowledged that there was a rush to judgment in his initial condemnation of the teens.
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