The $250 million lawsuit filed by Sandmann against The Washington Post has been dismissed by a federal judge.
Sandmann, who became nationally hated after a fake news campaign smeared him as an “agressor” against a native American man.
“From our first story on this incident to our last, we sought to report fairly and accurately the facts that could be established from available evidence, the perspectives of all of the participants, and the comments of the responsible church and school officials,” The Post said through a spokesperson.
The judge cited the case, Milkovich v. Lorain Journal Co., writing that statements that are “loose, figurative” or “rhetorical hyperbole” are protected by the First Amendment because they can’t be proved true or false.
This is a huge let down for the family of Sandmann, who was harassed, doxxed and even received death threats from anonymous people online, but also celebrities.
This is a blow to individuals who have been targetted and harassed after Fake News campaigns defamed them.
It is unknown if their other cases will hold up in court as well.
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