You’d think, after being smacked with a multi-million dollar lawsuit for their irresponsible, deceitful coverage of what happened when a Christian boy wearing a MAGA hat smiled in front of an unhinged Native American, CNN would be careful about any further remarks they made about the story. While it’s not public knowledge, it is widely believed that CNN settled for a considerable sum in an out-of-court agreement with Covington Catholic’s Nick Sandmann. You can’t blame them for settling; going to trial could have cost the network as much as $250 million if the judgement went against them.
But rather than leave well enough alone, CNN blowhards Brian Stelter and Asha Rangrappa decided to weigh in on the settlement by retweeting a lawyer who wrote about the case: “Those with zero legal experience (as far as I can tell) should not be conjecturing on lawsuits they know nothing about. What kind of journalism is that? I’ve litigated defamation cases. Sandman was undoubtedly paid nuisance value settlement & nothing more.”
Rangrappa went further than merely retweeting the message, writing: “I’d guess $25k to go away.”
Sandmann attorney Lin Wood didn’t waste a second before warning Stelter, Rangrappa, and CNN that the tweets were in violation of the settlement conditions.
“This retweet by @brianstelter may have cost him his job at @CNN,” Wood wrote. “It is called breach of confidentiality agreement. Brian Stelter is a liar. I know how to deal with liars.”
“This tweet by @AshaRangappa may have cost Ms. Rangappa her job at @CNN,” Wood wrote in a second message. “It is called breach of confidentiality agreement. Asha Rangappa is a liar. I know how to deal with liars. Heads are going to roll at CNN or @N1ckSandmann is going to be filing another lawsuit & reveal truth.”
Wood also took note of a tweet from Washington Post reporter Dan Zak, who responded to someone on Twitter asking if he’s settled any lawsuits recently.
“I didn’t, no,” Zak replied. “But it makes sense that that the Post did! You settle for a small amount – without admitting fault (because there was none) – in order to avoid a more expensive trial that you would nonetheless win. It is, you might say, the American way.”
Wood wrote: “This tweet by @MrDanZak may have cost him his job as a journalist at @washingtonpost It is called breach of confidentiality agreement. Dan Zak is a liar. I know how to deal with liars.”
Depending on the verbiage used in the settlement, Stelter, Rangappa, and Zak may very well have cost their respective news organizations millions of dollars. And if the courts don’t immediately take action, Wood could have an extremely compelling case to put CNN and the Washington Post back in legal jeopardy for the fake news they spread about his client.
These “news” organizations have been getting away with murder for a long time. In one 16-year-old kid from Kentucky, they may have finally met their match.