January 30, 2020

USA: CNN Settles Lawsuit With Nick Sandmann Covington Catholic HS Student Who Wore The Red Maga Hat, Stemming From Viral Video Controversy. Networks Ignore Covington Lawsuit Settlement.

Linwood Pc published Feb 1, 2019:
Nick Sandmann: The Truth in 15 Minutes.
CNN Business 👈
written by Oliver Darcy
Tuesday January 7, 2020

New York - CNN has settled a lawsuit with a Kentucky high school student who was at the center of a viral video controversy, a spokesperson for the news network confirmed Tuesday.

No other details were immediately available. An attorney for the student, Nicholas Sandmann, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Sandmann only tweeted, "Yes, we settled with CNN."

The news was first reported by WXIX-TV. The local outlet said a settlement figure was not made public at a court hearing in Covington, Kentucky.

The settlement will allow CNN to avoid a lengthy and potentially unpredictable trial. Sandmann sought $275 million in damages in the lawsuit he filed against CNN last March.

Sandmann, a student at Covington Catholic High School, became a national news story when he was in Washington on January 18, 2019, for the annual March for Life rally.

In a video that gained national attention, Sandmann was in an encounter with Omaha tribe elder Nathan Phillips, who was beating a hand-held drum and singing at the Indigenous Peoples March at the Lincoln Memorial on the same day.

Another video that surfaced days later provided additional context for the encounter, but the first video had gone viral, touching off widespread controversy as photos of the teenager and the red Make America Great Again hat he was wearing spread across social media.

In the second video, a group of black men who identified as members of the Black Hebrew Israelites were seen taunting the students from Covington Catholic High School with disparaging language and shouting racist slurs at participants in the Indigenous Peoples Rally and other passersby.

Sandmann at the time strongly denied accusations against him, saying he had been trying to "defuse the situation" by "remaining motionless and calm."

Major news outlets, including the Washington Post, the Associated Press and CNN, covered the aftermath of the incident.

Sandmann also filed lawsuits against NBC Universal and The Washington Post. In July, a federal judge in Kentucky dismissed the lawsuit against The Washington Post. Part of that lawsuit, however, was later reinstated in October.


MRC Newsbusters
written by Curtis Houck
Monday January 13, 2020

Last Tuesday (January 7), it was announced that Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann would settle his lawsuit with the Jeffrey Zucker-led CNN for an undisclosed amount after they tried to ruin his life last year.

Luckily for CNN, they’ve all but ignored this on-air (save 29 seconds from Brian Stelter on Reliable Sources) and had help with blackouts from ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and NBC.

In contrast, the Fox News Channel spent 13 minutes and 28 seconds on the settlement. The segments began on Thursday and continued through Sunday (likely delayed due to the tsunami of breaking news surrounding Iran).

FNC’s The Five had the first full segment on Thurday (after a 32-second brief on Fox & Friends), spending three minutes and 58 seconds on Sandmann. Townhall’s Katie Pavlich led off, reporting that Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann “scored a legal win after being smeared by the media” and then reminded viewers of the vicious liberal media attacks with a sampling of the worst examples.

Co-host Greg Gutfeld featured prominently in this segment, ruling that this presents the chance for the liberal media mob to learn a lesson:
I want to know how much money this was settled for and we’ll never know. It drives me crazy, but this is really good news for everybody on the planet because it’s a turning point. Before, there really wasn’t any consequences to social media mobbery and the cancer culture where somebody could dig up something from Brian or Juan’s past and just destroy you, just destroy you. Not you, Shannon, because you’re squeaky clean.


But now, if you know that somebody can sue you, that changes your behavior. And if you don’t have deep pockets, I mean, your company is going to worried. So I think this is — could put an end to the swarm. That thing that happens when somebody finds out you said some stupid when you were 16. So I hope they — I hope they got something good. I hope the kid can — has his education paid for.
Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade later added that this wasn’t the only lawsuit Sandmann filed, nothing that he’s “still suing NBC, and The Washington Post, and 13 more defendants are going to be named, ABC, CBS, The Guardian, Huffington Post, NPR, and Slate, and The Hill are all coming up.”

He also noted that, at the least, Sandmann was looking for an apology, but didn’t get it.

A few hours later, Tucker Carlson spent one minute and 44 seconds on his eponymous show trashing CNN for having “played a leading role in vilifying the boys of Covington High School” and not the “extremist religious group and the man pound[ing] a drum harassing them.”

After a 10-second nod on Friday’s Special Report by Washington Times’s Charlie Hurt, Gutfeld’s Saturday night show spent over six minutes on Sandmann. Fox & Friends weekend co-host Pete Hegseth hailed the news as a sign of “the kind of fight back in this new era that President Trump has inspired.”

The next morning, FNC host Howard Kurtz closed MediaBuzz with a brief on Sandmann:
It’s been overshadowed by the Iran story, but CNN has settled the lawsuit filed by Nick Sandmann. He's the Covington Catholic High School student wearing a Make America Great hat who was wrongly portrayed as a disruptive force in a confrontation last year with a Native American activist at the Lincoln Memorial. Now, neither side would comment on the terms but the $275 million suit said it was designed to “deter CNN from ever again engaging in false, reckless, malicious, and agenda-driven attacks against children.” CNN said at the time it was covering a newsworthy event and adding new facts as they developed.

Sandmann has also sued The Washington Post and NBC and his lawyer says more suits are coming against as many as 13 other media outlets. Look, this was an awful episode as most of the media rushed to judgment based on a single misleading video. CNN undoubtedly paid some sum of money to make the suit go away, given the PR nightmare, of battling a teenager who was intentionally or not, unfairly maligned.

White House published Jan 24, 2020: President Trump Delivers Remarks at the 47th Annual March for Life

WHAS11 published Jan 25, 2020: 1 dead after bus crash in Campbell County. Students from Covington Catholic were on that bus, headed back to northern Kentucky from the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C.
THIS WAS NO ACCIDENT. (emphasis mine)

WLWT5 NBC News, Cinncinati local
written by Staff
Saturday January 25, 2020

One person is dead and several are injured following a head-on crash involving a charter bus carrying Covington Catholic students, Campbell County police said.

The crash happened around 7:20 a.m. Saturday in the northbound lanes of the AA Highway at California Crossroads in Campbell County.

According to witnesses on the scene, a southbound car somehow entered the northbound lanes of the highway, striking the charter bus head-on.

"I saw a car come across the median and head toward me," said Ricky Lynn, a witness who was also driving north. "I was able to get out of the way."

The driver of the wrong-way car was pronounced dead at the scene. That driver's name has not been released.

Two people on the bus were taken to area hospitals for treatment, and others suffered minor injuries. The motor coach driver suffered a minor knee injury, the bus company said.

The bus was full of Covington Catholic High School students and several parent chaperones, who were returning from the March for Life rally in Washington. The bus was one of four in a caravan, carrying a total of about 200 passengers.

The front passenger side of the bus was badly damaged in the crash, and the children onboard used emergency exit windows to escape.

Parents say a priest with the Diocese of Covington was also among the caravan, and performed a final blessing over the driver of the car killed in the crash.

A statement from the Diocese reads, "This morning, a bus carrying students and chaperones home from the March for Life in Washington, DC was involved in an accident. EMT personnel and the Campbell County police have been at the scene and are handling the matter. Please join us in praying for everyone involved in this accident."

👇 LET US FLASHBACK, shall we 👇

written by Evan Gerstmann
January 24, 2019

The incident at the Lincoln Memorial involving a group of boys from Covington High has become a national Rorschach Test. Some see a group of privileged white teens taunting a Native American with a peace drum. Others see a group of school kids who did little to nothing wrong.

People are entitled to disagree, but what is completely unacceptable is the level of violent imagery directed at kids by adults. The respected journalist Reza Aslan tweeted “Honest question. Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?” A writer for Saturday Night Live offered oral sex for anyone who managed to punch one of the kids in the face. Trevor Noah let these school kids know that not only did “everyone” want to punch these boys out, but he did too. The list goes on and on.

The violent rhetoric escalated, as violent rhetoric tends to do. The entertainment news website Vulture had to fire a writer after he wrote “I just want these people to die. Simple as that. Every single one of them.” The school had to be temporarily closed as a result of death threats.

These are adults talking about harming children! It can’t be excused as a joke. It can’t be explained away as “the heat of moment.” Many threats and much abuse takes place in the heat of the moment. High tempers are no excuse.

All this has a highly gendered aspect to it. It is very hard to imagine Reza Aslan or Trevor Noah saying that they want to punch out a 17 year old girl. There has been a lot of talk about boys and “toxic masculinity” lately and conversations about masculinity are well worth having. But the Covington High incident shows that we are far too quick to believe the worst about boys and too quick to reach for images of violence in retribution for their perceived sins. What could be more toxic for America’s school boys than their having the sense that they are objects of suspicion and that adults are this ready to wish them harm?

When these high school boys move on to college, they will encounter a world where too many adults think that, because boys and young men are so dangerous, pain is actually good for them. The influential journalist Ezra Klein has written that college men (and only men) need to feel real fear before any sexual encounter: “Because for one in five women to report an attempted or completed sexual assault means that everyday sexual practices on college campuses need to be upended, and men need to feel a cold spike of fear when they begin a sexual encounter.” (A post in the near future will discuss the claim one in five women have been the victim or sexual assault of attempted sexual assault.)

This is not how boys and young men should be growing up. Adults are going to have to be a lot more restrained, a lot more thoughtful, and a lot more careful with their language. Don’t we know by now that violence and fear are not the answer? Can’t we at least start by not saying threatening things to children and not wishing bad things on even innocent young college men?

UPDATE 1/31/20 at 12:38pm: Added tweet below.
👇 FYI to the public... MUST READ THREAD. 👇
click on the tweet, scroll down to read the thread.

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