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Nick Sandmann Recounts Facing ‘Full War Machine of the Mainstream Media,’ Calls for Return to ‘Responsible’ Journalism

SandmannNicholas Sandmann, the Covington Catholic High School student who sued major news outlets in the aftermath of their coverage of a controversial interaction he and several of his classmates had with a Native American activist, said Tuesday that the “full war machine of the mainstream media” was unleashed against him and called for a return to “responsible” reporting.

Sandmann sued the Washington Post, CNN, the New York Times, and other major outlets for defamation after their coverage portrayed him and his classmates as racist aggressors who cornered Nathan Phillips, an elderly Native American man, during a confrontation near the Lincoln Memorial on January 18 of last year.

“My life changed forever in that one moment” Sandmann said during his address to the Republican National Convention. “The full war machine of the mainstream media revved up into attack mode” without researching the full video footage of the incident, investigating Phillips’s motives, or ever asking him for his side of the story.

“And do you know why? Because the truth was not important,” he added.

Viral video of the incident showed Sandmann, who was 16 at the time, and Phillips standing face to face as Phillips loudly beat on a drum inches away from the Kentucky high schooler’s face while Sandmann smirked.

NBC asserted that Sandmann “blocked” Phillips and “did not allow him to retreat” during their interaction. But longer versions of the video, released after the media outlets had already reported that Sandmann initiated the confrontation, showed that Phillips approached Sandmann, who stood mostly still during the incident. Before the encounter between Sandmann and Phillips, members of the Black Hebrew Israelites, a militant black nationalist group, began a confrontation with the teenagers, taunting and shouting slurs at them.

Sandmann and his classmates, who were attending the annual anti-abortion March for Life, wore “Make America Great Again” caps, another fact initial media reports emphasized.

Phillips and other “professional protesters” were looking to turn him into the “latest poster child showing why Trump is bad,” Sandmann said Tuesday.

“Looking back now, how could I have possibly imagined that the simple act of putting on that red hat would unleash hate from the left and make myself the target of network and cable news networks nationwide,” Sandmann said.

Sandmann recently reached legal settlements with CNN and the Washington Post for an undisclosed sum.


Reprinted with Permission from - National Review by - Mairead Mcardle

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DEEDLE
1 year ago

God bless the strength and courage this young MAN showed, BLM ,here is arole model for you!!!!!

Adrienne Hadder
1 year ago

I loved his speech – it’s so hard for me to believe that in this country main stream media has a free pass to outright lie to fit their narrative and typically doesn’t have to make things right – I’m grateful that what was meant for evil was turned to good and I choose to believe he has a bright future – this election is about Washington and the elites (or at least they think they are) against the American people; radicalism against capitalism. Whichever way this turns out I believe in Gods Sovereignty knowing that in the end His plan will ultimately prevail

Tom
1 year ago

Nick Sandman’s speech was not only great,Hitting them in the pocket book was great also,
But putting on the MAGA hat
Was the best A Big F U to the media and the dem’s ?

George
1 year ago

It would be sweeter if his lawyers contributed to his cause by not collecting fees. That would send a stronger message to the crooked society of which we reluctantly are a part. All news outlets should be held accountable any time they spread false narratives. Our president ordered two regulations be eliminated before a new one be added. Maybe the news folks should report on all news- good or bad – and not pro or con to personal preferences. They should not twist the facts or be party campaigners. Citizens need unbiased reporting and the majority can make their own responsible decisions.

PETER
1 year ago

WE JUST NEED TO ELIMINATE cnn, msnbc AND ALL OF THE OTHER CANCEROUS, ANTI-AMERICAN, LUNATIC, LYING liberal REPORTING. libs = CANCER AND ARE THE ENEMY OF OUR NATION. libs = isis

Pat R
1 year ago

That last statement (re: reaching settlements with CNN & WAPO), shows admission on their parts of wrong doings. Yet they continue.

JohnH
1 year ago

Another sample of stupid tort claims in Seattle today. The father of 19-year old shot June 20th inside CHOP zone filed wrongful death claims for $1 Billion each to City of Seattle, King County, state of Washington. Person was shot by a 18-year old that had fought with him a year earlier. Really, who is to blame for this?

Linlee
1 year ago

Nick was amazing. He had such a good speech that resonated so much about his character! Hard to believe he’s only 18. He was never in the wrong but the corrupt media showed their hate for him and Pres. Trump by not reporting the truth or even admit it was a false report! God bless Nick and his family! Shameful what the media did to him!.?

Janice Cowley
1 year ago

Definition of cold war: a state of political hostility characterized by threats, propaganda, and other measures short of open warfare……….does anyone else notice the similarities with what is happing in our nation today?

JohnH
1 year ago

The way I see this is that Nick was acting like a 16-year old & was taunting the person. This country badly needs Tort Reform when he can file lawsuit over his actions. My opinion: Anyone that goes to a protest has a chance of getting hurt, shot, or other & should not attend as high school kid.

Bill Brown
1 year ago

We are in the middle of a Communist Revolution lead by the Democrats, the Media, and “The Swamp”!!  Take back OUR Country!!!  Be a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!

Bill Brown
1 year ago

There is NO Free Press today!  Every Major News Outlet is owned by a small group of Billionaires!!  All World, and most local, News is controlled by a small Cabal!!!  Take-back OUR Country!!!  Stand-up for America!!!!  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!  Demand DOJ file Anti-Trust Lawsuits to brake-up the News Cabal!!!!!

Bill Brown
1 year ago

Choose you sources of News.  Reject all Mainstream Media, National and Local!  We are being brainwashed!!  Nick did the right thing – SUE THEM when they lie and defame!!!  Stand-up for America!!!!  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!

Bill Brown
1 year ago

There is NO Free Press today!  Every Major News Outlet is owned by a small group of Billionaires!!  All World, and most local, News is controlled by a small Cabal!!!  Take-back OUR Country!!!  Stand-up for America!!!!  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!  Demand DOJ file Anti-Trust Lawsuits to brake-up the News Cabal!!!!!

Bill Brown
1 year ago

We are in the middle of a Communist Revolution lead by the Democrats, the Media, and “The Swamp”!!  Take back OUR Country!!!  Be a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Remove Every Democrat!!!!!

Carol
1 year ago

Nickolas Sandmann…..everyone knows the Main Stream Media is controlled and owned by George Soros and his cronies and has not reported anything truthfully in years and years. It is hard to fight the Big Cheese up there.
Hope you stick with it and Win!

JohnH
1 year ago
Reply to  Carol

Do you realize that Trump does not like Amazon CEO, cuz he owns Washington Post or is that not main stream to you.

Dahn Carey
1 year ago

When the MSM jumps to conclusions before the full facts are sought, they have done immeasurable harm to our American motto of “Justice for All”. I’m grateful for this brave teen and his ability to articulate the need to hold CNN and other news media outlets who so strongly support the divisive narrative of the Democratic Party, accountable for damages. No, we are not a racist Nation but a nation of many different races who desire to hear the facts of any case before we condemn anyone because the next person being condemned on the world wide platform of news may be us. When you think of the wide spread chaos, lawlessness and damage done because the full video of a law breaker was not made known’ you realize that maybe holding news outlets financially accountable for the destruction and harm their rush to judgement has caused, they might hold back their incomplete & biased reporting with their intention of promoting a politically charged narrative to support a leftist’s agenda.

Kim
1 year ago
Reply to  Dahn Carey

It reminds me of the black customers who were refused service at a Greensboro NC (?) lunch counter in the early ’60’s. It was a pivotal case in the evolution of race relations. One of them spoke at the RNC, AND WILL BE VOTING FOR DONALD TRUMP.

I agree with you, that Nick Sandmann’s confrontation is about all the media that let their liberal bias and lying editing pass for “news”. This, too, will be seen in the future as another pivotal case. But, this time, the mainstream media are the villains.

Barbara
1 year ago

The media has become so obviously anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-truth! I did not watch the Democratic Convention, but have been recording the Republican Convention on all three major networks: CBS, NBC and ABC. Each of these has its own cast of “journalists” that do nothing but comment negatively on everything mentioned in the speeches by the various Republican speakers. They constantly bring up points of interest to them, such as the recent shootings by police, to try to demonstrate that no comments were made regarding the incidents! They derogatorily pick apart every point made by the speakers, with the aim of making them sound like they are lying or “misrepresenting” the truth! Every attempt is made to denigrate any attempt by Republicans to cast a positive light on the future, and make it appear that the Democrats are the ones to accomplish positivity! The media needs to return to broadcasting the news, and keeping their personal opinions to themselves!

David
1 year ago

One big mistake President Trump made was calling these people “Fake News”. They are nothing but far left wing propaganda.

mjl
1 year ago

Is everyone having trouble clicking on the + after someone’s comment…only way mine will change the number of +’s is to leave a reply and then only for a few, not for every comment.

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