Published: Thu, February 21, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Student in Maga confrontation with Native American sues Washington Post for $250m

Student in Maga confrontation with Native American sues Washington Post for $250m

Nicholas Sandmann, the Kentucky high school student seen in a "Make America Great Again" hat during a viral confrontation with a Native American protester on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial last month, is suing the Washington Post for its coverage of the incident.

The goal of the lawsuit against the Post, the lawsuit says, is "to seek legal redress for its negligent, reckless, and malicious attacks on Nicholas which caused permanent damage to his life and reputation".

The lawsuit says The Washington Post used its vast financial resources "to enter the bully pulpit.to smear a young boy who was in its view an acceptable casualty in their war against the president".

The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kentucky by Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann, 16, seeks $250 million in damages, the amount that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos paid for the Post in 2013.

An independent investigation commissioned by the Diocese of Covington found that the accounts from the Covington Catholic High School were consistent and concluded that there was no wrongdoing by the students that were excoriated in the mainstream media.

The video also appeared to show some students making a "tomahawk chop" gesture, which Native American groups regard as offensive.

In a video that gained global attention, he was in an encounter with Omaha tribe elder Nathan Phillips, who was playing a drum and chanting at the Indigenous Peoples March at the Lincoln Memorial on the same day.

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The lawsuit goes on to say that the Post "ignored basic journalist standards."...Original Source...

Video of the incident reveals Phillips had walked into the middle of the crowd of boys, beating his drums in their faces.

The students were initially accused of instigating the confrontation, but video that emerged later showed they were being taunted by the extremist group Black Hebrew Israelites.

Sandmann catapulted to national attention during a school field trip to the March for Life anti-abortion rally in Washington D.C. on January 18.

Both Sandman and Phillips, a military veteran, said they were trying to defuse the situation.

A representative of the company told Cincinnati-area news outlet WLWT News 5 in an email, "We are reviewing a copy of the lawsuit and we plan to mount a vigorous defense". In a tweet, the attorney said there are more lawsuits to come against media organizations.

They include the New York Times, CNN, The Guardian, NPR, TMZ, the Atlantic, HBO, GQ, The Hill, Bustle.com, Kathy Griffin, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Jim Carrey, and Alyssa Milano, among others.

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