Legal experts aren’t convinced the Covington Catholic teen has a case against the Washington Post

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Sandmann's lawyers will have to prove malice. That's not going to be easy.

And then there's the Trump factor the lawyers introduced.

...Proving that a publication intentionally violated generally accepted reporting standards — instead of just missing a piece of the puzzle during a breaking news story — would be difficult.​
“It would require deliberately ignoring countervailing evidence, publishing a story before you had a clear idea of what the facts were, going beyond what you could verify, and speculating,” Jane Kirtley, director for the Silha Center of the Study of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota, said in an interview with VICE News. “Journalists aren’t expected to be clairvoyant when they write the initial story.”​
A spokeswoman for the Washington Post told VICE News via email that “we are reviewing a copy of the lawsuit and we plan to mount a vigorous defense.”​
The language of the lawsuit also sounds politically motivated to some experts. For example, the lawsuit makes a plea to “teach the Post a lesson it will never forget.”​
“The whole complaint, I think, is very, very questionably written because it really reads like a political screed,” said George Freeman, executive director of the Media Law Resource Center and former assistant general counsel to the New York Times. “The bulk of the complaint is really about Trump and the media in general.”​
The lawsuit does mention Trump. “The Post ignored basic journalist standards because it wanted to advance its well-known and easily documented, biased agenda against President Donald J. Trump,” Sandmann’s attorneys argue. Trump also tweeted in support of the lawsuit Wednesday.​

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The language of the lawsuit also sounds politically motivated to some experts. For example, the lawsuit makes a plea to “teach the Post a lesson it will never forget.”​
It is politically motivated just like the attack. So what?​
This kind of language appears in many of the civil rights suits brought for 50 yrs now. Teaching them a lesson is also call punitives.​
 
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It is politically motivated just like the attack. So what?​
This kind of language appears in many of the civil rights suits brought for 50 yrs now. Teaching them a lesson is also call punitives.​
Yeah, it's not that uncommon for people to be awarded huge judgments for next to nothing....I'll bet the kid gets awarded nothing.
 
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“It would require deliberately ignoring countervailing evidence, publishing a story before you had a clear idea of what the facts were, going beyond what you could verify, and speculating,” Jane Kirtley, director for the Silha Center of the Study of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota, said in an interview with VICE News. “Journalists aren’t expected to be clairvoyant when they write the initial story.”​
Really? This Kirtley sounds like a shill for WaPo and TDSers. What part of WaPo going beyond what could be verified and speculation did she miss? What WaPo did publish was clearly clairvoyant on their part to mislead and misdirect? Has anyone explained to this genius that clairvoyance is most commonly associated with magic acts?​
 
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Still stuck on the assult smirk case i see. The alt and independent media got to the bottom of that in the same day and published the real story including the entire video (that was available from the go) all the while the legacy media and leftist lemmings were doubling down on these kids. Remember the black face one... Yeah that was some good stuff there guys.









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Still stuck on the assult smirk case i see. The alt and independent media got to the bottom of that in the same day and published the real story including the entire video (that was available from the go) all the while the legacy media and leftist lemmings were doubling down on these kids. Remember the black face one... Yeah that was some good stuff there guys.









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You use this young man for your own tawdry political purposes. But you're not alone. You watch. Trump will use this in 2020. The timing of the verdict ought to work out just about right. And it won't matter if the suit succeeds or fails. Either way this young man's misfortune will be used for political gain.
 
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