The 17-year-old Covington Catholic High School student who was viciously maligned by the fake news media and others for simply being a white Catholic kid wearing a red MAGA hat has defeated the king of fake news, CNN. And there is more where that came from.

Nicholas Sandmann has settled a $250 million defamation suit against CNN over its slanderous coverage of the teen's encounter with Native American protester Nathan Phillips following the March For Life in Washington, D.C. last year. Suits against The Washington Post and NBC are pending and Sandmann's lawyers expect to file suit within 60 days against Gannett Co., Inc., parent of USA Today and 260 daily local newspapers as well as several digital marketing companies.

Sandmann and his school mates were minding their own business while waiting outside the Lincoln Memorial for the bus that would take them back to Kentucky when they were accosted by a group of Black Hebrew Israelites. It was then that Phillips got into Sandmann's face while pounding a drum and chanting. In a rush to judgment, the media, the political hacks, and even officials from Covington Catholic immediately threw Sandmann and the others under the bus, accusing them of being the provocateurs.

The amount of the settlement has not been disclosed but I hope it was a lot. I hope Sandmann is successful against the others as well.

Sandmann was defamed by giant media corporations who couldn't be bothered to wait for the facts to emerge before attacking. His whiteness, his religion, his pro-life position and most importantly his choice of hats said all the media needed to hear about Sandmann.

This is a clear-cut case of character assassination by a biased liberal media that was too eager to accept what it saw in a 30-second video rather than investigate further.

Good job, Nick.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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