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REPORT: Nick Sandmann Says Rittenhouse Should 'Hold Media Accountable', Sue for Defamation

Nicholas Sandmann, left (AP Photo) and Kyle Rittenhouse (Mark Hertzberg /Pool Photo via AP)

Source: News Channel 20

Published: November 18, 2021

By: Zachary Rogers

CINCINNATI (TND) - When he was just a high school student, Nick Sandmann learned what it was like to be in the national spotlight.

Sandmann was caught up in the crosshairs of controversy in 2019, when he traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the pro-life "March for Life" rally and ended up in what several outlet labeled "a confrontation" with a Native American activist.

Several social media posts featuring video clips of the incident painted Sandmann, who was wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat, as the aggressor.

The Covington Catholic student was nationally infamous in a matter of hours. Reporters from national news outlets, including CNN, covered the incident that had sparked outrage.

Eventually, more video evidence of the confrontation came to light and many allegations made against Sandmann were proven to not be as true as initially suggested.

Following those revelations, Sandmann fought back, suing several media outlets. He settled multi-million-dollar defamation lawsuits with CNN and The Washington Post over their coverage and to this day is still in litigation with others.

Now, as America watches the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, who is accused of murdering two protestors, Sandmann is speaking out.

In an op-ed written for DailyMail titled "The corrupt liberal media came for me, just like they came for Kyle Rittenhouse, and if he decides to sue I say go for it and hold the media accountable," Sandmann says he thinks Rittenhouse should follow his lead.

"The parallels between me and Kyle Rittenhouse are impossible not to draw," Sandmann begins in his article. "Kyle wasn't given his day in court by his critics. And neither was I."

Sandmann writes that national news media outlets are attacking Rittenhouse just like they attacked him. He believes he knows the motivation for doing so.

"They want to get the story first, get the most views, make the most money, and advance the agenda from liberal patrons," Sandmann says, adding that news should be coverage of facts, not a "scoreboard that constantly changes". He says that "liberal media" doesn't do that, and just rushes to be the first to report, later correcting and clarifying long after damage has been done.

"In our hyperpolarized society, the first impression of Kyle has been set in stone, probably for the rest of his life," explains Sandmann.

And once that media machine starts grinding, explains Sandmann, even the strongest of people cannot escape the mental anguish and impact it causes.

"From my own experience, the death threats, feeling of no future ahead, and that millions of people hate you, is enough to alter you in many concrete ways and permanently," Sandmann writes. "With Kyle's name dragged through the mud, and the clear effect it is having on him, many have started to ask the question whether Kyle should sue for defamation."

While Sandmann admits that he is no attorney, he does say that due to his history, he has gained some experience on defamation cases. He acknowledges that Rittenhouse will have an uphill battle against him, but says the fight is worth it in the end.

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