CNN has settled a $275 million defamation lawsuit filed by Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann, and will pay the student an undisclosed amount of money.
The news network tried and failed to get the suit dismissed in May 2019 on the grounds that “accusations of racism are not actionable in defamation cases because the allegation can’t be proven true or false.”
But just because CNN thinks allegations of racism can’t be proven doesn’t mean their fight against racism is over.
“Frankly, we lost because we don’t believe what our attorneys argued in court,” CEO Jeff Zucker allegedly said. “What CNN believes is that Nick Sandmann should be forced to receive twelve sessions of personal counseling from Al Sharpton, and that’s what we’re asking the judge to enforce.”
If the judge agrees, the network will reportedly change its slogan to “The Least Trusted Name in News.”
“I don’t care about the massive destruction to our credibility,” Zucker reportedly said. “I’d pay any price to get Sandmann on camera with Sharpton for 30 minutes.”
Sandmann also filed lawsuits against The Washington Post and NBC Universal, each for $250 million or over, and is reportedly planning to sue Gannett, owners of The Enquirer.