Nick Sandmann isn’t the only Covington Catholic High School student seeking to teach the media a lesson over the smears they published following the incident earlier this month at the Lincoln Memorial.
Speaking Saturday evening on Fox News’ “Watters World,” the attorney representing all the students, Robert Barnes, named a bevy of specific, mainly media, targets he’s intent on targeting with a libel suit.
Watch part one below:
“Maggie Haberman was one of the first people calling for the kids expulsion from ‘The New York Times,’ the reporter making false statements, calling for punitive action against these kids whom she’s never met, who are private citizens, based on an event that she didn’t even witness,” he said.
“But also others. Congresswoman Omar made false statements about these kids,” he added, referring to newly elected Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar. “We requested that she retract it or we’d sue her. An hour later she did retract it, to her credit. But others have not retracted.”
— Robert Barnes (@Barnes_Law) January 20, 2019
Nor has former CNN contributor Reza Aslan retracted a tweet he posted in which he said of Sandmann, “Honest question. Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?”
Honest question. Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s? pic.twitter.com/jolQ7BZQPD
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) January 20, 2019
“[Reza Aslan] is going to get sued next week,” Barnes said. “Similarly, Matthew Dowd. There’s been a request he retract. He’s an ABC commentator, pretends to be a Republican commentator. He’s made false statements about these kids, refused to retract it. … If he doesn’t retract, he’s going to get sued.”
“Michael Rapaport did a crude rap image against these kids,” he continued. “He’s refused to retract. He’s a famous Hollywood actor that’s on a Netflix show that’s about how we should avoid childhood bullying of kids. And here he is bullying kids.”
Watch Rapaport’s disturbing “rap image” below:
“The New York Daily News put a false headline out that various kids from the school had appeared in blackface. Totally false. They had been in a blackout, which is very common throughout the country … they’re going to get sued,” the attorney continued.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) January 21, 2019
Barnes list of targets is seemingly endless. The incomplete list below illustrates how far and wide the lies about what had happened spread:
Covington Catholic High School’s increasing notoriety has only pushed it further into the mud. As students tag-teamed their way through the morning shows Wednesday, one student found himself defending blackface as “showing school spirit” on “Fox & Friends” https://t.co/CJxIoxpPOV
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) January 23, 2019
Covington Catholic kids defend wearing blackface on Fox News: ‘It’s just showing school spirit’https://t.co/t3eXd1hXE4
— Raw Story (@RawStory) January 27, 2019
It seems Covington Catholic High School students have a history of offensive behavior. https://t.co/glDKYV1ria
— Rickey Smiley (@RickeySmiley) January 25, 2019
“So everyone’s getting sued, it seems like,” Watters replied, before then asking Barnes whether it’s even possible to win these cases given the “high bar” that must be met.
According to Barnes, the answer is a resounding yes.
“In this case, there’s a unique exception: When there’s a defamation and libel of private citizens, particularly minors, the legal standard goes way down, so you no longer have to prove actual malice or malevolent intent,” he explained.
“All you have to prove is that a false statement was made or — in Kentucky the law’s even broader — an unflattering impression given that put a person’s reputation in a false light. And otherwise that it be negligent for them to do so.”
“That’s why the whole family gave everybody 48 hours to correct all of these statements. If they still refused to do so, it’s clearly negligent for them to keep false statements up.”
And so when the media figures named above get sued, they’ll only have themselves to blame. The hope by some social media users is that these suits will perhaps inspire the media to start acting with a shred more accountability and integrity.
I hope there’s some accountability for #fakenews going forward.
— Dr. Barnaby F. Wigglestaff III (@AJB417) January 30, 2019
Take em all down!! It’s called accountability!
— Jessie (@Jessie38810657) January 30, 2019
Hit them in the Pocket Book maybe that will get their Attention!!!
— Stephen H Ward (@StephenHWard1) January 30, 2019
Good!!! And I hope cnn takes the brunt force of this lawsuit
— bluesky (@oilfieldassasin) January 30, 2019
Nice! About time someone gets their A***s sued for their reckless comments.
— Ironman Mdot 2006 (@immdot2006) January 30, 2019
I don’t think that list is long enough to get the message across to the left.
— Mark Arthurs (@lookfromhere) January 30, 2019
They need to pay big money and be accountable! it’s the only way, narcissist only care about 3 things sex power and money take those away they have nothing to live for. They have no true empathy or compassion it’s all a show!
— Tracy Free (@bleacherbling) January 31, 2019
The latter Twitter user had a point. As noted by others on social media, there are numerous other media outlets and entities that posted smears about the Covington boys:
Find a way for the lawyer to add cbc and Ctv Canada news
— Johnnymac (@Johnnymce) January 30, 2019
“……sharing one of the shortened videos of the incident posted by CNN political analyst April Ryan.” So why is she not on the list? ?
— Iduna (@IdunaB) January 30, 2019
@Barnes_Law also needs to sue @kathygriffin, @Alyssa_Milano, Wheeler Walker Jr. for defamation and libel. Walker offered signed albums for videoed physical violence against students and the other two haven’t backed off their statements either.
— Bean Counter ??✝️? (@TinaLu7759) January 30, 2019
Why not also sue @Twitter?They have proven that they are not a platform, but a publisher (given the high bias displayed against conservatives vs liberals). As a publisher who allows libelous tweets to remain public, they should be held accountable.
— J Law (@Rokket_man) January 30, 2019
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