Friday, July 24, 2020

UPDATED: WaPo Settles With Nick Sandmann

Unfortunately, we don't know the terms of the settlement:

Washington Post settles Nicholas Sandmann defamation lawsuit in Covington Catholic High School controversy

Sandmann announced the victory on Twitter. 
"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 on Friday. 
This follows the multi-million dollar settlement CNN made with the teenager back in January.

Sandmann offered a not-so-subtle warning to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. 
"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.

UPDATE 1: Bonchie over at RedState suggests that this settlement might have involved more money than the earlier CNN settlement. I have no clue, but I'd like for this to be true:

Though we don’t know the exact amount, there’s no doubt Sandmann’s team of lawyers wouldn’t have settled here without extricating their pound of flesh. There was almost certainly a lot of money involved here. 
There’s something special about this compared to the CNN settlement though. The Washington Post was especially belligerent in their response to their defamation of Sandmann, releasing a letter from the editors proclaiming that their subsequent reporting was enough to offset their past defamatory statements. Yet, even their newer reporting left out key details, instead painting the situation as “complicated” when it simply wasn’t. Had the paper simply apologized and retracted immediately when the longer video originally came out, they may have won this lawsuit, but they refused to do so. Their arrogance has now cost them dearly.

UPDATE 2:  Dozens Gather In MAGA Hats In Hopes Washington Post Will Defame Them So They Can Become Millionaires

"It's very strange -- they're not burning anything. They must not be peaceful protesters. Nonetheless, we will not be fooled by this tactic," said a WaPo editor. "We will be able to resist the urge to commit libel against these deplora--I mean, these ordinary Americans."


  1. It's too bad that fake news propagandists can't be held personally liable for their actions.

  2. I hope Nick takes them all to the cleaners. Unfortunately, as you said, we don't know how much he settled for, and probably never will.

  3. Mark, love your work. Follow you every day. But you and I both know that Bezos and his WP couldn't care less about something "...costing dearly." This financial impact means nothing to them. They got there original message out to their braindead readers; that's all that counts for them.

    1. That's why Nick needs to (from now on?) press for publication of the $$ penalty, tho such pressing would cost him $$.
      We The People need to know, of the real $$ magnitude of this journalistic malpractice.

  4. Bezos is ruthlessly pragmatical, and decided it’s less risky and costly to cut a check, than the continued lawyer cost, discovery brisk, and potential payout. And he is a super tough negotiator.

    My guess is the check was for at least a million. WP cost in legal to date was probably in the 6 figures.

    The first to settle usually pays less. WP was 2nd to settle.

    1. I'd put risk of discovery at the top of the list.

  5. Mark, Love your blog especially on Sundays as I can’t get my Don Surber fix.

    I also subscribe to the Babylon Bee. So I’m certain you know already that your 2nd update is Babylon Bee satire. 😉