Nick Sandmann Can’t Sue Media for Defamation, Judges Decide

This was 4 years ago

Well, at least he already settled with CNN and the WaPo, and though it wasn’t public, presumably ended up with around $10 million. I guess they’re wishing they would not have settled.

It was actually surprising that some of the outlets went to court and some settled.

Quite frankly, I don’t understand how a court is able to bunch these all together and dismiss them.

Sandmann was obviously defamed; they called him a racist and claimed he was harassing that drunken Indian slob, when in fact the reverse was true.

Life Site News:

Nick Sandmann lost his appeal in the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to sue mainstream media outlets for libel for their reporting on his 2019 encounter at the March for Life with leftist activist Nathan Phillips.

Sandmann, who was only a 16-year-old at the time of the encounter, settled his suits against CNN and The Washington Post in 2020 and settled with NBC in December 2021.

Defendants in this case include The New York Times, CBS News, ABC News (owned by Disney), and Gannett, which owns local newspapers across the country.

Judge Jane Stranch, an Obama appointee, wrote the majority opinion which Biden appointee Judge Stephanie Davis joined. Judge Richard Griffin, an appointee of George W. Bush, dissented.

The 2-1 ruling upheld a federal district court ruling in Kentucky and centered around this quote, which Phillips gave to the Washington Post and was subsequently quoted by other outlets.

“It was getting ugly, and I was thinking: I’ve got to find myself an exit out of this situation and finish my song at the Lincoln Memorial. I started going that way, and that guy in the hat stood in my way and we were at an impasse. He just blocked my way and wouldn’t allow me to retreat,” Phillips claimed about the pro-life Catholic teenager.

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The outlets did not defame Sandmann, the judges ruled, because they simply “describe a contentious encounter, the meaning of which was hotly disputed by participants and witnesses.”

Sandmann could appeal for a full circuit hearing.

He has continued to speak about the treatment he received, including speaking at a roundtable on defamation and the media hosted by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis earlier this year.

Yeah, maybe Meatball Ron can tie himself to this and score some points.

He should say he’ll have the judges imprisoned and force that drunken Indian “to return to his disgusting casino.”

For me, the funniest thing was when the media kept calling the Indian a “Vietnam vet,” and Andrew Anglin kept saying that he fought for the Viet Cong.