CNN settles with Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann

This is interesting in the extreme!   News outlets, including Daily Wire, have something other than the retaliation of Iran.

CNN has reportedly settled with the Convington KY HS student, Nick Sandman.  You will recall that Sandman, at the time 16 years old, was caught on video being harassed and then the liberal MSM and others shamefully targeted him for the blame.  Sandman and family didn’t lie down and take it.  They fought back by suing CNN and other big dogs involved for lots of money.  $275 million v CNN, $250 million against WaPo and NBC and others.   Daily Wire gave a list of those being sued.

I really like this list.  A few of these names are deeply satisfying.

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



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  1. Sportsfan says:

    Good for Nick! One down, dozens to go.

  2. Kerry says:

    Venerable Fulton Sheen: “There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.” Heh.

  3. CasaSanBruno says:

    He ought to sue the bishops who calumniated him – not just the dioceses. Since they don’t seem to motivated by charity, justice, and natural law, perhaps a blow to their checking accounts and PR apparata might work to bring them back to their senses. Protecting God’s Children, indeed.

  4. White Pine says:

    After quick perusal of this list (maybe I missed it), I’m disappointed not to see the New York Daily News. I think their coverage was more malicious than other networks.

  5. AlanLins says:

    Perhaps I missed it, but I have not seen any information on what CNN is going to pay the young man. It would be interesting to know the terms of the settlement (and we will probably never know).

    Lest anyone forget, a federal judge dismissed the similar suit against the Washington Post.

    Until one of these suits goes to trial, we are not going to learn how a jury interprets everything. Only then will we learn if the young man has a strong case or not.

  6. Fr. Kelly says:

    Alan Lin says: Until one of these suits goes to trial, we are not going to learn how a jury interprets everything. Only then will we learn if the young man has a strong case or not.

    On the Contrary, in settling out of court, CNN is determining that whatever they are paying is better for them than the cost of going to court and losing to Sandmann. And they consider this a very real possibility or they would never settle. And rest assured, we will not hear the amount. An NDA concerning the amount is nearly always a part of such a settlement.

    Even the dismissal of the WaPo suit was not final, as, on appeal part of it was readmitted.

    It looks like Nick Sandmann’s legal case is in good hands and, if there is any justice to be obtained, he will get it eventually, but the delay is unconscionable.

  7. Suburbanbanshee says:

    The only sad part is that Mr. Sandmann (or his parents) may have to plow a lot of this settlement back into the case, to pay ongoing costs.

    But hopefully there will be enough for his college tuition, and maybe a big party for him and the other boys who were accused. Living well is the best revenge.

  8. LT Brass Bancroft says:

    Nick Sandmann is the real Man Of The Year for 2019.

  9. AlanLins says:

    Fr Kelly.

    I agree with your assertion that there is probably an NDA. And that CNN considers it a real possibility that they would lose in a trial.

    I stand by my original statement “Until one of these suits goes to trial, we are not going to learn how a jury interprets everything. Only then will we learn if the young man has a strong case or not.

    Had this case gone to trial, we would have learned what evidence existed, what the reporter was thinking, and and whether it was considered libelous or not.

    Also, CNN gets to continue with business as usual. With a presumed NDA in place, CNN will not have to deal with the court of public opinion.

    The out of court settlement is good news for Nick Sandmann. I doubt it is good news for those of us who want journalism to be about reporting the news in an unbiased fashion, rather than opinion pieces or hit jobs.

  10. tho says:

    That list warmed my conservative heart. Now, if we could only sue the prelates who imposed The Spirit of Vatican II on our church, I could RIP. Also, good luck to Nick and his family.

  11. Glennonite says:

    I’ve had the honorable Mr. Sandmann tucked into my Angelae intentions ever since this started. Bravo; Nick is a better man than I. I would have “Counted-Coup” upon that disgrace of a Marine and ‘tribal elder’. His drum would have become my drum.

  12. Semper Gumby says:

    Great news, no pun intended. Glennonite: He’s been drummed out of the Corps in absentia.

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