Covington Catholic v. WaPo

America’s libel and defamation laws are about to be tested

Nick Sandmann, the Covington Catholic high school teen at the center of this year’s worse case of journalistic malpractice, has filed a lawsuit against The Washington Post asking for $250 million in damages.

According to Reuters, the lawsuit claims Sandmann was “wrongfully targeted and bullied” by the newspaper “to advance its bias against President Donald Trump” because Sandmann was wearing a Make America Great Again hat on during a school field trip on January 18.

Atlanta Attorney L. Lin Wood said this is the first of many lawsuits that will be filed. Wood has sent letters to over 50 entities about Sandmann’s intent to sue (including Nathan Phillips, the Native American activist who lied to the media about his encoutner with the teen):

  1. The Washington Post
  2. The New York Times
  3. Cable News Network, Inc. (CNN)
  4. The Guardian
  5. National Public Radio
  6. TMZ
  7. Atlantic Media Inc.
  8. Capitol Hill Publishing Corp.
  9. Diocese of Covington
  10. Diocese of Lexington
  11. Archdiocese of Louisville
  12. Diocese of Baltimore
  13. Ana Cabrera (CNN)
  14. Sara Sidner (CNN)
  15. Erin Burnett (CNN)
  16. S.E. Cupp (CNN)
  17. Elliot C. McLaughlin (CNN)
  18. Amanda Watts (CNN)
  19. Emanuella Grinberg (CNN)
  20. Michelle Boorstein (Washington Post)
  21. Cleve R. Wootson Jr. (Washington Post)
  22. Antonio Olivo (Washington Post)
  23. Joe Heim (Washington Post)
  24. Michael E. Miller (Washington Post)
  25. Eli Rosenberg (Washington Post)
  26. Isaac Stanley-Becker (Washington Post)
  27. Kristine Phillips (Washington Post)
  28. Sarah Mervosh (New York Times)
  29. Emily S. Rueb (New York Times)
  30. Maggie Haberman (New York Times)
  31. David Brooks (New York Times)
  32. Shannon Doyne
  33. Kurt Eichenwald
  34. Andrea Mitchell (NBC/MSNBC)
  35. Savannah Guthrie (NBC)
  36. Joy Reid (MSNBC)
  37. Chuck Todd (NBC)
  38. Noah Berlatsky
  39. Elisha Fieldstadt (NBC)
  40. Eun Kyung Kim
  41. HBO
  42. Bill Maher
  43. Warner Media
  44. Conde Nast
  45. GQ
  47. The Hill
  48. The Atlantic
  50. Ilhan Omar
  51. Elizabeth Warren
  52. Kathy Griffin
  53. Alyssa Milano
  54. Jim Carrey

Upon filing the first lawsuit, Attorney Wood made the following statements on Twitter:

Wood also released a 15-minute video entitled “Nick Sandmann: The Truth in 15 minutes” at the beginning of February depicting the events—and abhorrent media coverage—from the day in question.