After recent Covington Catholic High school graduate Nicholas Sandmann won yet another lawsuit against a media giant this week for their defamatory coverage of him, bitter CNN journalists took to Twitter to try to dunk on the eighteen-year-old with gossipy tweets as an act of revenge. But Sandmann’s eagle-eyed lawyer Lin Wood caught the tweets and called them out for breaking the two parties’ confidentiality agreement.
Even though CNN already settled with Sandmann back in January, Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter was clearly still reeling from the suit, as he decided to weigh in on the Post's payout. He retweeted a liberal attorney, also not involved in the court hearing, who mocked Sandmann getting a “nuisance value settlement.” Wood caught the retweet and called him out:
Sandmann also blasted Stelter for pretending like he knows anything about the settlement:
I can’t decide if it’s worse to be Brian Stelter or believe Brian Stelter.— Nicholas Sandmann (@N1ckSandmann) July 27, 2020
He was never in any court hearing or meeting I was. So why does he act like he knows anything? https://t.co/2QdUuH5bkZ
Stelter wasn't the only bitter CNN journalist trying to downplay the lawsuit and mock Sandmann. CNN legal analyst Asha Rangappa also sent out a snark tweet guessing he received "25K to go away:"
I’d guess $25K to go away— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) July 27, 2020
Washington Post reporter Dan Zak also weighed in on a matter he knows nothing about.
This tweet by @MrDanZak may have cost him his job as a journalist at @washingtonpost It is called breach of confidentiality agreement. Dan Zak is a liar. I know how to deal with liars. pic.twitter.com/hIolaRx804— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) July 27, 2020
His own employer even forced him to delete the tweets and admitted he had no knowledge of the terms of their settlement with Sandmann, according to Fox News:
“A spokesperson for The Washington Post told Fox News, 'Dan’s tweet was taken down because it had no basis in fact. Dan has no knowledge about the agreement,'" Fox News reporter Joseph A. Wulfsohn wrote.
Looks like CNN might be facing another lawsuit from Sandmann’s attorney. They aren’t the only media outlets waiting to face accountability for their misdeeds against the Covington kids. After the Post victory, Sandmann tweeted:
We have settled with WAPO and CNN.— Nicholas Sandmann (@N1ckSandmann) July 24, 2020
The fight isn’t over. 2 down. 6 to go.
Don’t hold your breath @jack.
Fox News's Brian Flood also noticed George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley seemed to agree that Stelter and his CNN colleagues' immature behavior could "prove a couple of costly tweets for the company."