If Democracy dies in darkness at the Washington Post, (for what amounts to an aggravated fake-news assault on a kid) what dies over at CNN? Well, the short answer is the truth. A long time ago. In the Covington kid’s case, it could cost them a lot more than what it might cost WashPo.
“CNN was probably more vicious in its direct attacks on Nicholas than The Washington Post. And CNN goes into millions of individuals’ homes,” Wood said. “CNN couldn’t resist the idea that here’s a guy with a young boy, that Make America Great Again cap on. So they go after him.”
Liberals are not good at math, but I bet CNN’s lawyers understand it just fine.
“I expect because of the way they went after Nicholas so viciously, that the claim for his reputational damage will be higher than it was against The Washington Post,” Wood said.
Those lawyers are going to make some serious money trying to fend off damages that could reach 300 million or more. And given all the evidence available to Sandmann’s lawyers, including broadcast media, social media, and published website content, “settlement” will be the word of the day.
They won’t be alone. Not just media outlets but individuals – several in entertainment – are on the list for a potential lawsuit. That includes fan favorites Kathy Griffin, Jim Carrey, Alyssa Milano, Bill Mahr. We’ve also got Sen Elizabeth Warren, and someone by the name of Ilhan Omar on the list as well.
The suit against Nathan Phillips was already announced but no formal request for damages has been released to my knowledge.
CNN should volunteer to be banned from televisions in airports, lounges, and bars. That would be a far greater service to truth and the country than any sum of money. Though I have to admit, the idea of them getting milked for the crap they pull is more appealing.