On July 24, 2020, The Washington Post news organization settled a defamation lawsuit launched by Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann over its false coverage of a viral confrontation with a Native American elder that had falsely portrayed the Kentucky teen as the aggressor. The settlement was for an “undisclosed amount.”
Similarly, earlier in the year on January 7, CNN settled with Sandmann for “an undisclosed amount.” The $250 million defamation suit sought damages for the “emotional distress Nicholas and his family suffered” in the fallout of the network’s reporting.
Sandmann lambasted “cancel culture” in his speech to the Republican National Convention, calling on the country to join President Trump in calling the media out for their constant barrage of misleading and plainly false reporting, in their ongoing efforts to sway American politics, constantly supporting leftists running for office and leftist policies.
Federalist Press has obtained information regarding the settlement amounts between Sandmann and The Washington Post and CNN.
We have learned that The Washington Post settled its lawsuit with Sandmann in the amount of $128.2 million.
We have also learned that CNN settled its lawsuit with Sandmann in the amount of $135 million.
Sandmann’s attorney, Todd McMurtry, declined to comment on the dollar amount or other elements of the settlements with The Washington Post or CNN. However, independent sources have disclosed the amounts to Federalist Press.
McMurtry has filed similar lawsuits against other defendants, and is negotiating offer settlements with each of them.