Washington Post issues lengthy ‘editor’s note’ admitting their initial coverage of the Covington Catholic controversy was flawed after they were hit with a $250million lawsuit by the student’s family

Saturday, March 2, 2019
By Paul Martin

The paper now says: ‘Subsequent reporting, a student’s statement and additional video allow for a more complete assessment of what occurred’
Nicholas Sandmann, 16, alleges the newspaper falsely labeled him a racist
A lawsuit claims that the newspaper ‘wrongfully targeted and bullied’ the teen
Sandmann was on field trip to Washington, D.C. on January 18 when he was filmed standing in front of a drum-playing Native American Nathan Phillips
The video went viral with many condemning MAGA-hat wearing Sandmann
But extensive video from the scene told a radically different story

By LAUREN FRUEN
DAILYMAIL.COM
2 March 2019

The Washington Post has issued an ‘editor’s note’ on its controversial coverage of an encounter between a Kentucky teen and a Native American activist after the paper was hit with a $250million lawsuit for defamation.

Nicholas Sandmann, 16, alleges the newspaper falsely labeled him a racist and said that the Post had engaged in ‘targeting and bullying’ and modern ‘McCarthyism’.

Now the paper has issued an editor’s note in which they say: ‘Subsequent reporting, a student’s statement and additional video allow for a more complete assessment of what occurred, either contradicting or failing to confirm accounts provided in that story.’

The lawsuit claims that the newspaper ‘wrongfully targeted and bullied’ the teen to advance its bias against President Donald Trump because Sandmann is a white Catholic who wore a Make America Great Again souvenir cap on a school field trip to the March for Life anti-abortion rally in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 18.

According to the complaint: ‘The Post ignored basic journalist standards because it wanted to advance its well-known and easily documented, biased agenda against President Donald J. Trump … by impugning individuals perceived to be supporters.’

Sandmann is seeking $250 million in damages, the amount that Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com and the world’s richest person, paid for the Post in 2013.

The Washington Post’s Vice President for Communications Kristine Coratti Kelly had said: ‘We are reviewing a copy of the lawsuit and we plan to mount a vigorous defense.’

President Donald Trump gave Sandmann is his backing, quoting his suit and said: ‘Go get them Nick. Fake News!’

In a video that went viral from the incident, Sandmann is seen standing face to face with Native American activist Nathan Phillips. Sandmann stares smiling at him while Phillips sings and plays his drum.

The incident sparked outrage on social media and in early articles, the Post reported that the schoolboys ‘surrounded’ and ‘taunted’ 64-year-old Phillips.

The newspaper claimed that a ‘smirking’ Sandmann had stood in Phillip’s path, blocking him from moving.

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