January 8, 2020

Nick Sandmann Reaches Settlement with CNN in $250 Million Defamation Lawsuit

CNN agreed on Tuesday to a settlement with pro-life teen Nick Sandmann to resolve a $250 million defamation lawsuit levied against the news outlet.

Nick Sandmann was attending March for Life in Washington D.C. with his Catholic school class when a fringe group started to shout racist taunts. In response, his classmates started to perform a school chant to attempt to drown out the taunts. A Native American man associated with neither group approached Nick Sandmann during this chaos and beat his drum while performing a chant of his own. A camera captured this moment, and the media reported claims that Nick Sandmann and his class approached and harassed the Native American.

These claims were false, and further information quickly confirmed that the man approached the students with his drum, not the other way around. Some outlets refused to retract their stories or issue corrections, so the students filed lawsuits against those news outlets; CNN being one of them.

There are still many lawsuits pending over media reporting of this event, including a $275 million suit against NBCUniversal and a $250 million suit against the Washington Post.

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