Do you remember the Covington Catholic High School student (Nick Sandmann) whose interaction early last year with Omaha Tribe elder Nathan Phillips at the Lincoln Memorial went viral? CNN on Tuesday reportedly settled its lawsuit with Nick Sandmann.
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, who was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat in video of the incident, sued the network for $275 million in May over its reporting, saying CNN was “vilifying and bullying him” and had twisted the story to fit an anti-Trump agenda. In total, Sandmann was seeking $800 million in damages from The Washington Post, NBC and CNN.
Yes, We settled with CNN.
— Nick Sandmann (@N1ckSandmann) January 7, 2020
Neither CNN nor NBC commented; a Post spokesperson previously said:
“While we do not accept the characterizations and contentions regarding our reporting of the incident at the Lincoln Memorial, we have taken steps to address the concerns expressed to us. The full story did not emerge all at once and throughout our coverage, we sought to produce accurate reports. Even the comments of the school and church officials changed, and The Post provided ongoing coverage of the conflicting versions of this event and its aftermath, giving prominent attention to the student’s account and the investigative findings supporting it. We thus have provided a fair and accurate historical record of how this incident unfolded.”