Payback Time: Covington Teen Sends Defamation Letters to 50+ People
More than 50 individuals, media outlets, and Catholic institutions are now in receipt of a letter from lawyers representing Nick Sandmann, the Covington Catholic High School student who was libeled, slandered, and turned into the face of white supremacy by a social justice mob less than a month ago.
Sandmann’s lawyer, Todd McMurtry, has sent the letter to Catholic dioceses, Democrat Senator and presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren, actress Alyssa Milano, political pundit S.E. Cupp, and The New York Times, just to name a few. They have all been instructed to preserve any documentation – public or otherwise – relating to their initial stories, tweets, and statements regarding the infamous Washington D.C. incident.
McMurtry told the Cincinnati Enquirer that it was quite likely that many of the individuals and organizations receiving the letter would be sued for defamation, though he acknowledged that not all of them would be.
The incident and its ridiculous coverage, the lawyer said, “permanently stained [Sandmann’s] reputation.”
“They know they crossed the line,” McMurtry said. “Do they want 12 people in Kentucky to decide their fate? I don’t think so.”
McMurtry is demanding retractions and apologies from those who dragged his client’s name through the mud.
“We want to change the conversation. We don’t want this to happen again,” McMurtry said. “We want to teach people a lesson. There was a rush by the media to believe what it wanted to believe versus what actually happened. For the mob to just go tear apart a 16-year-old boy is inexcusable. He’ll never be able to get away from this.”
No doubt the people now under threat of legal action will attempt to fall back on the First Amendment, but what they did went far beyond the protections granted by the Constitution. The courts have roundly agreed that neither media outlets nor individuals have the right to maliciously lie about a private citizen. Nick Sandmann did not ask to become a public figure, and he did nothing to warrant the vicious attacks flung at him from all corners of the media landscape. His only “sin” was to wear a MAGA hat and smile while an idiot got in his face and pounded away on a drum. That’s it! And yet you had celebrities tweeting about how desperately they wanted someone to punch him in the face. It was a sick, dark moment in our culture.
What’s sicker is that even after all the truth came to light, you still had people like Milano insisting that they were right to condemn Sandmann and his high school friends. Merely by attending a pro-life rally and showing support for the president, these kids were guilty of doing evil. And so they deserved everything they got and then some. This is how twisted the political left has become. It’s nightmarish.
We relish the day these people have to defend their actions – attacking a teenage boy without cause – in a court of law. Even if they somehow sneak past defamation judgements on a technicality, just going through what promises to be a painful legal struggle could be enough to teach them and the wider media a valuable lesson.
Well, one can hope, anyway.