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Nick Sandmann urges Rittenhouse to sue media for defamation after not guilty verdict

Former Kentucky high school student Nick Sandmann has urged Kyle Rittenhouse to sue the media for defamation.

In a column for the Daily Mail on Tuesday, Sandmann urged Kyle Rittenhouse to take his own legal action against the media. “The parallels between me and Kyle Rittenhouse are impossible not to draw,” he wrote.

“Kyle was 17-years-old when he became a household name after that terrible tragedy in Kenosha. I was 16-years-old when I was catapulted into the national conversation by video of an encounter with a Native American activist on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial,” Sandmann said, adding, “Kyle was almost immediately labelled a ‘white supremacist’ and a ‘domestic terrorist’. To many, my red MAGA hat clearly meant that I was a racist.”

Sandmann was 16 years old when a video of his encounter with activist Nathan Phillips on the National Mall in Washington, DC, was shown on many news websites portraying him as the aggressor. A longer version of the video later revealed that Phillips had approached him.

In only hours, a former CNN host tweeted an image of me, writing: ‘Honest question. Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?’. Sandmann’s family launched a myriad of lawsuits against media outlets, including The Washington Post and CNN. The CNN suit was settled out of court whilst the $250m Post suit was dismissed.

Sandmann went onto criticize the culture of news. “News shouldn’t be a scoreboard that constantly changes. News is about coverage that includes a statement of facts that does not need to be corrected. But, the liberal media doesn’t do this. The liberal media rushes to be the first to report.”

He concluded, “So every single label on Kyle as a ‘terrorist’, ‘white supremacist’, and ‘school shooter’ in the streets of Kenosha, will only ever be withdrawn after the damage has been done.”

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: INDEPENDENT

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Paul, 37, is from Scotland in the UK, but currently lives and works in Bangkok. Paul has worked in different industries such as telemarketing, retail, hospitality, farming, insurance, and teaching, where he works now. He teaches at an all-girls High School in Bangkok. “It’s a lot of work, but I love my job.” Paul has an active interest in politics. His reason for writing for FBA is to offer people the facts and allow them to make up their own minds. Whilst he believes opinion columns have their place, it is also important that people can have accurate news with no bias.

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