Nicholas Sandmann, the Kentucky teenager from Covington Catholic High School depicted in viral footage and images from the Lincoln Memorial incident earlier this year, is suing a third news outlet for defamation over the coverage of the incident.
Now Sandmann is suing NBC Universal. A copy of the lawsuit is uploaded here. Sandmann’s lawsuit claims NBC’s Savannah Guthrie “unfairly attacked” Sandmann in an interview “with inappropriate questions suggesting guilt.”
Sandmann’s lawyer Lin Wood declined to comment beyond the lawyer, but noted there are “more [cases] to follow.” Sandmann previously has sued the Washington Post and CNN for libel over their reporting on him and the incident, as iMediaEthics has reported.
The lawsuit alleges NBC Universal published “no less than fifteen (15) false and defamatory television broadcasts, six (6) false and defamatory Internet articles, and numerous false and defamatory tweets of an concerning Nicholas.” Some of the publications in question include NBC Washington’s report “Native American Elder Harassed in Viral Video Speaks Out,” an NBC Nightly News report “Teenagers Taunt Elders,” and an MSNBC report “Viral Video Shows High School students wearing ‘MAGA” hats and mocking Native Americans.”
According to Fox News, “NBCUniversal created a false narrative by portraying the ‘confrontation’ as a ‘hate crime’ committed by Nicholas.” The lawsuit also calls Sandmann “an easy target for NBCUniversal to advance its anti-Trump agenda because he was a 16-year-old white, Catholic student who had attended the Right to Life March that day and was wearing a MAGA cap at the time of the incident which he had purchased earlier in the day as a souvenir.”