- Eight Covington Catholic teenage students filed defamation lawsuits on Thursday in Kentucky against 12 well known individuals.
- Defendants include Senator Elizabeth Warren, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, and former CNN host Reza Aslan.
- Robert Barnes, the attorney who filed the suit, noted that most people retracted, deleted, or corrected their statements but some refused long after they were given a chance.
- Plaintiffs are demanding a jury trial and judgement no less than 15,000 but no more than 50,000 against the named defendants
A group of Covington Catholic students were talked about in international headlines back in January at the March for Life, after they were confronted by a Native American activist near the Lincoln Memorial.
Corporate media ran with stories claiming the students had bullied the Native American activist, but unedited videos showed a different story.
Once the full videos exposed the bullying hoax, not everyone that spoke ill of the students would retract their false claims. Robert Barnes is representing several of the students and has filed lawsuits against multiple media outlets. A judge recently dismissed a separate lawsuit filed by attorney Lin Wood against the Washington Post, but Barnes noted that there is a greater chance of success when suing individuals than when suing large institutions.
Here’s the list of people being sued: Democrat Elizabeth Warren, CNN’s Ana Navarro, Maggie Haberman of the New York Times, disgraced comedian Kathy Griffin, Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico), ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, former CNN host Reza Aslan, Kentucky entrepreneur Adam Edelen, Princeton University History Professor Kevin M. Kruse, fprmer Young Turks contributor Shaun King, Mother Jones editor-in-chief Clara Jeffery, and Rewire.News editor-in-chief Jodi Jacobson.
Warren claimed not to know about the lawsuit.
Many online were thrilled to hear about Barnes’s suit.
Barnes also recently launched the Free America Law Center, which he explained is “dedicated to protecting the freedom of speech, the freedom of thought, and the freedom of press in America against big tech and big media colluding.”