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    Washington Post Says Teen in Viral Video Can't Show Defamation Nor Anti-Trump Bias

    Washington Post Says Teen in Viral Video Can't Show Defamation Nor Anti-Trump Bias
    The paper tells a Kentucky judge that "politics has nothing to do with this case" and that its coverage of a Jan. 18 incident was "ultimately favorable" to Nicholas Sandmann.

    The paper tells a Kentucky judge that "politics has nothing to do with this case" and that its coverage of a Jan. 18 incident was "ultimately favorable" to Nicholas Sandmann.

    The Washington Post has moved to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought by Kentucky teenager Nicholas Sandmann, who on Jan. 18 quickly found himself the talk of social media when a group of students at Covington Catholic High School came face-to-face with Native American activists at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial.

    When observers saw a video clip of the confrontation, some focused on Sandmann, wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat and sporting a seemingly smug grin while watching Native American elder Nathan Phillips. In one of its first stories about the incident, The Washington Post quoted Phillips as saying he felt "threatened by the teens," that they "swarmed around him" and one of them "blocked my way and wouldn't allow me to retreat."

    A fuller video depicting what happened was much more ambiguous, and some who were initially critical of Sandmann apologized for snap judgments. The paper itself appended an editor's note to its initial story. Nevertheless, Sandmann has filed lawsuits against both The Washington Post and CNN for what his attorney characterizes as "modern-day form of McCarthyism."

    In a dismissal motion filed Tuesday, The Washington Post stands by its coverage and says it is neither false nor defamatory to report comments by eyewitnesses, including participants speaking publicly about an event that went viral on the Internet.

    "Newspapers are often unable to publish a complete account of events when they first come to light," writes the paper's lawyers. "Stories often develop over time, as more witnesses emerge."

    The Washington Post points a Kentucky federal judge to its entire coverage of the incident from the initial condemnation of students by the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School to a front-page story offering Sandmann's perspective when he came forward to speak publicly about what happened.

    "In short, the articles at issue may not have been flattering of the Covington Catholic students, but they do not give rise to a defamation claim by Sandmann," continues the dismissal motion. "Indeed, the Post’s overall coverage — including the articles that the Complaint fails to mention — was not only accurate; it was ultimately favorable to him."
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    Well, the young man has had an experience which will affect his choices for the future.
    Maybe the old guy has too, but less likely.

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    "Ultimately favorable." LOL!

    "Really, we were just being kind and doing you a favor when we smeared your name in a nation-wide attempt to foment violence against anyone who doesn't hate Trump enough."
    Leftists have unquestionably demonstrated their hatred for due process, and Democrats have undeniably obstructed justice for, and thoroughly victim-shamed and smeared, Karen Monahan.

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