By Jon Dougherty
L. Lin Wood, the lawyer for Covington, Ky., Catholic high school teen Nick Sandmann, has released a damning video as evidence in a pair of lawsuits against CNN and The Washington Post, condemning both for their “reckless lies” about his client.
This week the teen’s legal team filed a $275 million lawsuit against CNN over its alleged false attacks the Left-wing anti-Trump network (and other media) made against him in January.
Todd McMurtry, one of Sandmann’s lawyers, said on Fox News Tuesday: “It is a significant lawsuit seeking $75 million in compensatory damages and $200 million in punitive damages from CNN.”
Earlier, the legal team filed a $250 million suit against the Washington Post.
On Wednesday, the teen’s legal team released a video showcasing the danger that major ‘mainstream’ media outlets pose to society in general when they push false, intentionally divisive narratives as they did against Sandmann.
“Last January, 16-year-old Nicholas Sandmann was falsely targeted, attacked, vilified, and threatened,” the video notes. “The Washington Post, owned by the richest man in the world, led the print media’s false attacks against Nicholas’ reputation. CNN led the broadcast media’s charge against Nicholas. Both recklessly spread lies about a minor to advance their own financial and political agendas.”
“Despite raw video debunking the false narrative, the Post and CNN doubled down on their reckless lies,” it continues. “Lies that will forever haunt and endanger the life of an innocent young man. Lies that further divided our nation.”
“How long will we allow these media giants to tear at the fabric of our lives to further their own agendas? Will they ever be held accountable? Yes, they will,” the video notes further.
“Nicholas Sandman has taken a stand for himself and for you by filing major lawsuits against CNN and the Washington Post. Nicholas and his legal team will not be stopped until these Goliath corporations are held accountable for their lack of journalistic integrity. Until then, no one’s reputation is safe.”
A recent survey by Gallup and the Knight Foundation highlights the political divide between Left and Right regarding trust in the mainstream media:
Gallup has documented an erosion of trust in the news media over time. Between 2003 and 2016, the percentage of Americans who said they have a great deal or a fair amount of trust in the media fell from 54% to 32% before recovering somewhat to 41% in 2017 as trust among Democrats rebounded.
Consistent with the trend toward declining trust, 69% of U.S. adults in the current survey say their trust in the news media has decreased in the past decade. Just 4% say their trust has increased, while 26% indicate their trust has not changed.
Republicans (94%) and political conservatives (95%) are nearly unanimous in saying their trust in the media has decreased in the past decade. However, declining trust is not just confined to the political right — 75% of independents and 66% of moderates indicate they are less trusting than they were 10 years ago.
U.S. adults on the left of the political spectrum are less likely to say they have lost trust in the media, but at least four in 10 Democrats (42%) and liberals (46%) say they have done so. Democrats and liberals are about as likely to say their trust in the media has not changed as to say it has decreased.
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