CNN has agreed to settle a $275 million lawsuit with a Kentucky Catholic school student who accused the network of “bullying” after it falsely reported on an incident between him and a Native American activist.
Details of the settlement with the student, Nick Sandmann of Covington (Ky.) Catholic, were not disclosed during federal court proceedings on Tuesday in the city, Fox19 in Cincinnati reported.
The teen has filed suit against CNN, NBCUniversal, and the Washington Post of their reporting of an incident that occurred in Washington, D.C., in January 2019.
Sandmann was videoed standing face to face with Omaha elder Nathan Phillips as the latter banged on a drum on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
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Attorneys for Sandmann accused the network of “bullying” their client, who was wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat, associated with President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, in order to push a political agenda.
CNN denied the allegations.
“Contrary to its ‘Facts First’ public relations ploy, CNN ignored the facts and put its anti-Trump agenda first in waging a 7-day media campaign of false, vicious attacks against Nicholas, a young boy who was guilty of little more than wearing a souvenir Make America Great Again cap,” said the 58-page lawsuit filed in May.
The Sandmanns, who are represented by attorneys L. Lin Wood and Todd V. McMurtry, sued the Post for $250 million and NBCUniversal for $275 million.
News and media outlets, in their initial reports, made it sound as though Sandmann walked up to and confronted Phillips.
But video of the incident that soon went viral showed that just the opposite had occurred.