Lawyer Explains Why CNN Settlement in Libel Case is a Big Deal

The Daily Signal | 1/9/2020 | Staff
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Will media outlets learn the right lessons after CNN settled in a lawsuit with Nick Sandmann, the MAGA-hat wearing teen who became the center of a widely botched, viral story?

“No. They don’t learn.”

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That was the answer from Charles Glasser, a lawyer who teaches media ethics and law at New York University and the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York in an interview with The Daily Signal.

Sandmann became the center of a media storm nearly one year ago after a viral video emerged of him wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and standing in front of a Native American man at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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A deluge of media outlets portrayed Sandmann as the aggressor and a racist before more facts emerged to disprove that narrative.

“I keep wishing and I keep hoping that they will learn their lesson, that being responsible instead of being first wins the day,” Glasser said.

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Glasser, who is also a legal adviser to The Daily Signal and former global media counsel to Bloomberg News, said that the media’s handling of the Sandmann story was very similar to what happened to Richard Jewell.

Jewell, who is now the subject of a recently released movie directed by Clint Eastwood, “Richard Jewell,” became the center of a similar media controversy when the Atlanta Journal-Constitution connected him to a bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

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Jewell was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing.

“This is playing out, at least so far, both legally and in the real world, very much like the trials and tribulations of Richard Jewell,” Glasser said, where one outlet publishes a false story and then numerous other publications follow suit.

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Jewell took legal action and sued a variety of media outlets.

“What Jewell did, and we’re seeing it here … the plaintiff’s team...
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