(Tea Party PAC) – In this day and age, someone’s life can be ruined in a matter of minutes with the release of deceptively-edited videos or unflattering, misunderstood viral moments.
It’s one thing for someone to go viral after they flip out on a stranger, but to go viral when all you’ve done is stand there and smile while someone bangs a drum in your face, only to be cruelly slandered by a host of Twitter Blue Check Marks and top politicians, especially when you’re only 17, is nothing short of a horror story.
Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann’s face was splashed all over the internet in 2019, when he was visiting Washington DC for the March for Life with his classmates and happened to be standing around when he and his classmates were the recipients of verbal abuse from some angry demonstrators.
His face, smiling awkwardly as a Native American activist banged a drum in his face, went viral, with the taken-for-granted caption that he and his classmates had been mocking the older gentleman.
It didn’t take long to uncover what had really happened (including a volley of verbal abuse at the hands of some Black Hebrew Israelites who harassed the teens).
But the damage had been done. Sandmann became the face of a completely fake news incident and adults, many of them prominent figures, issued horrendous comments about him calling him “punchable” and even going as far as to call for violence against him.
While this haunting, horrific slander on his character will follow him the rest of his life…it appears now that his pockets will be very well-lined.
And he deserves every penny.
Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann received a birthday gift from The Washington Post, a settlement in his $250 million defamation lawsuit against the newspaper.
Fox News reports that the newspaper settled the lawsuit it was facing over its coverage of a confrontation the Kentucky teenager had with a Native American elder that went viral. The incident portrayed Sandmann as the aggressor.
Sandmann announced his win on Twitter. The details of the settlement were not announced.
“On 2/19/19, I filed $250M defamation lawsuit against Washington Post. Today, I turned 18 & WaPo settled my lawsuit. Thanks to @ToddMcMurtry & @LLinWood for their advocacy. Thanks to my family & millions of you who have stood your ground by supporting me. I still have more to do,” Sandmann wrote.
Sandmann already has settled with CNN.
The teen warned his fight isn’t over. He sent a heads up to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey via the social media platform.
“We have settled with WAPO and CNN. The fight isn’t over. 2 down. 6 to go. Don’t hold your breath @jack,” Sandmann tweeted.
Sandmann’s attorney, Lin Wood, also shared the news on Twitter.
“For our present to @N1ckSandmann to celebrate his 18th Birthday, @ToddMcMurtry & I gave Nicholas the gift of justice from . . . THE WASHINGTON POST #FightBack.”