The Washington Post has filed a motion to dismiss a defamation suit brought by Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann.
The suit claims that the newspaper “targeted and bullied” him and published “a series of false and defamatory print and online articles.” However, The Post, in their motion to dismiss, says that the articles may not have cast him in “flattering” portraits, “but they do not give rise to a defamation claim by Sandmann.”
Sandmann was in Washington, D.C., with classmates for the March for Life and came into contact with Nathan Phillips, a Native American elder who was there for the Indigenous People’s March. Sandmann, who was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, could be seen standing close to Phillips and smiling in a video that went viral on social media. He has also sued CNN for their coverage.