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The Washington Post is seeking to get a $250million lawsuit by the Covington Catholic teen caught up in a viral video thrown out, arguing their coverage was 'ultimately favorable' to the student and 'had nothing to do with politics'.
Lawyers for the newspaper told a judge in Kentucky its stories of an encounter between Kentucky teen Nicholas Sandmann and a Native American activist Nathan Phillips were accurate.
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The paper's motion, filed in U.S. District Court in Covington Tuesday, said the articles about the teen 'may not have been flattering of the Covington Catholic students but they do not give rise to a defamation claim by Sandmann'.
It adds: 'Indeed, the Post's overall coverage — including the articles that the Complaint fails to mention — was not only accurate; it was ultimately favorable to him.'
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The incident sparked outrage on social media and in early articles, the Post reported that the schoolboys 'surrounded' and 'taunted' 64-year-old Phillips.
More extensive video of the events told a radically different story, showing the boys were subjected to racist abuse by a group of Black Hebrew Israelites, before Phillips waded into the group of students and banged his drum directly in Sandmann's face.
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A private investigation firm retained by Covington Diocese in Park Hills, Kentucky, found in a report no evidence the teenagers provoked a confrontation.
The newspaper had claimed that a 'smirking' Sandmann had stood in Phillip's path, blocking him from moving.
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But in their motion The Post argues: 'It was neither false nor defamatory for the Post to report the comments of eyewitnesses, including the only...
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