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STATEMENT OF L. LIN WOOD and TODD MCMURTRY REGARDING NICHOLAS SANDMANN and THE WASHINGTON POST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 4, 2019 

In a span of 3 days beginning on January 19, The Washington Post rushed to claim leadership of a mainstream and social media mob of bullies who falsely attacked, vilified and threatened Nicholas Sandmann, an innocent 16-year old boy. Late last Friday evening, 41 days after it launched its false attacks on a minor, the Post published an Editor’s Note and delivered to Nicholas’ lawyers a letter from its General Counsel, Jay Kennedy. With its unlimited financial resources, the Post likely spent tens of thousands of dollars on media defense lawyers to publicly parse and spin its false coverage in an effort to avoid accountability and limit its legal responsibility for its wrongdoing. The Post’s efforts were too little and too late.

The Friday night efforts by the Post to whitewash its wrongdoing were untimely, grossly insufficient and did little more than perpetuate the lies it published – lies that will haunt and adversely impact Nicholas for the rest of his life.

The Post ignored its own culpability and wrongdoing. Mr. Kennedy’s letter stated that the Post “provided accurate coverage.” It did not and its belated public relations efforts change nothing and fool no one. The Post made no effort to retract and correct the lies it published.

The Post did not have the integrity to unequivocally admit its negligent and reckless violations of fundamental journalistic standards documented by its complete failure to investigate the incident at the National Mall before publishing lies about a child. One need only review the Post’s published list of its own Policies and Standards at https://www.washingtonpost.com/policies-and-standards/?utm_term=.ec515ec8b6aa to find violation after violation after violation.

The Post did not have the character to apologize to Nicholas and seek his forgiveness.

Highlighting its arrogance and lack of contrition, the Post announced its “deletion” of one of its false and defamatory tweets about the incident and Nicholas by re-posting the tweet so that its lies will also forever remain available on the Internet and in social media.

False accusations against an adult destroy a lifetime of accomplishments. False accusations against children forever rob them of their inherent right to define their lives for themselves and force them to suffer a life tainted and damaged by the permanent shadow of the lies.

Last Friday night the Post made clear that it has learned no lesson and remains willing in the future to falsely attack others to further its political agenda, including false attacks on children. 

The Post has now double downed on its lies. As Nicholas’s lawyers, we will now double down on truth and aggressively continue our legal efforts to hold the Post accountable and obtain justice for Nicholas in a court of law.

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    I hope that you do NOT settle this case. It needs to go to trial and become part of the public record. If your firm is undertaking this case for the right reasons (the principle reason NOT being fiduciary), then I expect that you will see this case to its rightful conclusion. Doing so will force the media to abandon its misuse of the public trust to advance its progressive agenda, and prevent further attacks on innocent citizens.

    Keep fighting the good fight guys! Thanks for keeping everyone up to speed on the efforts to clear Nicholas’ and CCHS’ names.

    It is our sincere hope that the Post will suffer extreme financial loss due to their lying and rushing to judgment rather than doing honest journalism based on facts, not left leaning self-generated fiction.

    I’ve been sickened from the moment I saw Nicholas Sandmann falsely ridiculed and slandered by a huge number of mainstream media outlets and celebrities. I pray for justice this young man, his family, his friends, his school, his community, and his attorneys. Thanks for defending this young man. Sincerely, LJ

    Double down!
    Y’all are my heroes.

    Has WaPo filed an official response to the lawsuit yet? Have they filed a motion to dismiss? I am interested in seeing it when they do.

    As an elder of my tribe, I would have shoved that drumstick right up Nathan Phillip’s ass. He is the lowest of our people…an “Injun Liar For Hire”

    Mr. Lin and Mr. McMurtry,

    I hope both of you and Nick Sandmann, make enough money off of this “Newspaper” that the next 5 generations of your families live the life of Riley.

    Mr. Wood and Mr. McMurtry,

    I hope both of you and Nick Sandmann, make enough money off of this “Newspaper” that the next 5 generations of your families live the life of Riley.

    Congratulations! Hit ’em HARD!
    They are SCUM, and do not deserve to be reporting on anything, as they never do due diligence prior to publishing their lies. And they have a poisonous agenda.

    PLEASE hammer this down! Do not let up on the POST or any other malevolent published slander and libel against those boys. Having read every comment section of every ‘legit’ media outlet, even Vanity Fair!, the incredible depth or vile and even threats of physical harm to him/his family/burning down the school is overwhelming! Thank you!

    They all need to pay for the way they treated this INNOCENT young man. Kathy Griffin was a number one instigator among “Twitter” world celebrities and hate monger leftists. My heart breaks for these young men and all that they and their families have had to endure. I’m so glad they have a legal team that’s committed to getting justice and making the slanderers pay.

    While all the bitterness of the Democrats is on full display for the next presidential election, we can expect nothing less from those propping up the lunacy of these ideologues.

    Don’t settle behind closed doors with an NDA applied. Insist on a jury trial, where they can increase the damage award, and stipulate additions to the damage, as in a directive for the WaPo to be forced to run a (approved by you and the court) front page true apology everyday for a week or more.

    Thank you for persuing the truth and attempting to hold the guilty accountable

    Go get ’em fellahs.
    The democrats fake hoaxes area blight on the USA social fabric and they need to be stopped for ALL our good.

    They need to be fought and stopped and I want to thank you on behalf of decent people everywhere of all colours and races for fighting this dangerous nonsense.

    Best Wishes for a complete, total, and remunerative take-down of every smear artist involved in the attack on Nicholas and the other Covington Cath students.
    I hope you grind them each and severally into the mire from which they sprang.

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