Eight Covington Catholic High School students are suing presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), CNN’s Ana Navarro, The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, and other media players for defamation.
Lawyers for the students — identified as John Does 1-8 — “filed a defamation suit on Thursday in Kentucky’s Kenton County Circuit Court against 12 individuals — lawmakers, journalists/media figures and social media personalities included,” Law&Crime reported Friday.
In January, high school boys from Covington Catholic wearing pro-Trump “Make America Great Again” hats were smeared as racists by politicians and members of the mainstream media for allegedly harassing a Native American man who claimed to have served in the Vietnam War, Nathan Phillips. But after full video context came out, it was clear that the boys did no such thing; they were the ones confronted by Mr. Phillips and were brutally harassed earlier by another activist group.
According to Law&Crime, Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), Kathy Griffin, ABC News’ Matthew Dowd, former CNN employee Reza Aslan, Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King, Kentucky entrepreneur Adam Edelenare, Princeton University History Professor Kevin M. Kruse, Mother Jones Editor-in-Chief Clara Jeffery, and Rewire.News Editor-in-Chief Jodi Jacobson are all being sued by the Covington students, in addition to Warren, Navarro, and Haberman.
“Several of our Senators, most-famous celebrities, and widely read journalists, collectively used their large social media platforms, perceived higher credibility and public followings to lie and libel minors they never met, based on an event they never witnessed,” the lawsuit says, according to the outlet. Law&Crime did not link to the suit so as to protect the minors from having their addresses exposed.
“These defendants called for the kids to be named and shamed, doxxed and expelled, and invited public retaliation against these minors from a small town in Kentucky,” the suit continues. “The defendants circulated false statements about them to millions of people around the world. The video of the entire event, known to the defendants, exposed all of their factual claims against the kids as lies. The defendants were each individually offered the opportunity to correct, delete, and/or apologize for their false statements, but each refused, continuing to circulate the false statements about these children to this very day on their social media platforms they personally control.”
As reported by The Daily Wire earlier this month, a lawsuit filed on behalf of Nick Sandmann — a “MAGA” hat-wearing teen who became the face of the most egregious media smears — was dismissed by a Kentucky judge on July 26. U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman (an appointee of former President Jimmy Carter) dismissed the $250 million suit targeting The Washington Post because the outlet never mentioned Sandmann by name.