Federal Judge William Bertelsman dismissed a lawsuit filed by 16-year-old Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann against the Washington Post for defamation on Friday.
The lawsuit alleged that the Post “wrongfully targeted and bullied Nicholas because he was the white, Catholic student wearing a red ‘Make America Great Again’ souvenir cap on a school field trip to the January 18 March for Life in Washington, D.C.” The lawsuit claimed the newspaper conducted “a modern-day form of McCarthyism” and “ignored basic journalist standards.”
“They didn’t investigate it. They got it wrong. They published the false narrative and did not publish the truth,” said Lin Wood, an attorney for Sandmann.
Judge Bertelsman, who was appointed to the bench by former President Jimmy Carter, dismissed the case and effectively gave cover to the fake news smear merchants who targeted Sandmann because of his choice of attire before having all the facts of the case.
“He [Indian activist Nathan Phillips] concluded that he was being blocked and not allowed to retreat,” Bertelsman wrote. “He passed these conclusions on to The Post. They may have been erroneous, but, as discussed above, they are opinion protected by the First Amendment.”
The Post is heralding the decision as vindication of the accuracy of their reporting.
“From our first story on this incident to our last, we sought to report fairly and accurately the facts that could be established from available evidence, the perspectives of all of the participants, and the comments of the responsible church and school officials,” The Post said through a spokesperson.
The Sandmann family is not taking this sitting down and plans to appeal the case, believing that justice was not served by the Democrat-appointed Judge Bertelsman in the court of law.
“I believe fighting for justice for my son and family is of vital national importance,” said Nick’s father, Ted Sandmann, in a public statement. “If what was done to Nicholas is not legally actionable, then no one is safe.”
Free speech attorney Robert Barnes notes that this decision does not effect the other defamation cases filed on behalf of Sandmann that are currently active against other media entities, which he believes are stronger cases than this particular one.
Sandmann’s case against the Post brought by Lin Wood was a more difficult case. The Judge concluded the Post never made the accusations against Sandmann that many of the people I will be suing made about the other Covington Boys. The Post case will not stop those suits.
— Robert Barnes (@Barnes_Law) July 26, 2019
Justice may be served for Sandmann at some point, as he continues to fight back after being victimized by the Soviet-esque witch hunt culture pushed by the Left to destroy the reputation of political dissidents.
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Will Italy Exit the EU Because of its Lackluster Response to the Wuhan Flu?
Affar Italiani reports that leader of the Italian political party League and former Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini recently announced a possible withdrawal of Italy from the European Union due to its sluggish response to the Wuhan Virus.
“This is crazy. Europe needs another fifteen days to decide what to do, whether to help, whom and how. In the midst of an emergency when people die, now from pneumonia, tomorrow, possibly from poverty,” the politician stated
Salvini cited Italy’s confrontation with the EU over aid to fight against the Wuhan virus and the refusal of Germany and other Northern European countries to help Italy as reasons for the southern European country leaving the EU and the eurozone.
“This is a den of snakes and jackals. First we defeat the virus, then remember Europe. And, if necessary, we say goodbye. Without even thanking,” the former Minister of Internal Affairs asserted.
The EU used to serve a purpose as a common market for European members states and a cohesive political unit the prevented fratricidal wars between European states.
It could also serve as a civilizational defense bloc against the potential hordes of African and Islamic migrants that will continue coming into the region thanks to its lax border policies and the demographic realities in these regions — booming populations which many of these Third World countries cannot accommodate.
Salvini has every reason to be concerned.
If the EU cannot fulfill the most basic of government functions — protecting its members — Italy should leave and craft its own strategic regional bloc with countries that are serious about protecting their national sovereignty.
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