CNN analyst Joe Lockhart was less than impressed with Covington High School graduate Nick Sandmann’s remarks at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday evening.
Sandman made headlines when he faced down what he called a “professional protester” during a class trip to the nation’s capital in January 2018. Sandman was deeply villainized by the majority of network news, and the adult (and aggressor) Nathan Phillips was made out to be a hero. That narrative was later debunked, and Sandman sued.
It’s unclear the exact terms of the deal, but CNN settled with Sandmann and his family in a suit that initially requested $250 million from the network’s coffers.
“I’m watching tonight because it’s important,” said Lockhart on Twitter. “But I don’t have to watch this snot nose entitled kid from Kentucky.”
While it’s unclear why Lockhart would have a personal vendetta against the teen (seeing as there’s no indication that he had to put any money forward personally) it would seem more likely that he objected to Sandmann’s message at the party’s convention.
CNN, while they consistently claim to be objective in journalism, has had a constant stream of pro-DNC anti-RNC coverage during the last few weeks, confirming Sandmann’s assertions.
In fact, the network was so incredibly pro-DNC that they broadcasted the event, almost in full.
“Between roughly 9 p.m. and the end of the main speech each night, CNN never interrupted the DNC proceedings for any kind of commentary or analysis, breaking only for a few commercials,” Media Research Center research director Rich Noyes said, according to Fox News.
“Otherwise, every speech, every video, every lame joke was shown exactly as planned by the party.”
One major reason CNN might feel the need to interject during the RNC could be due to content like Sandmann’s, where he told the story of his trip from Kentucky to D.C. Sandmann and his classmates then found themselves in the midst of the later highly publicized interaction with protesters, which turned them into “the latest poster child showing why Trump is bad” thanks to the teen’s red MAGA hat.
“While the media portrayed me as the aggressor with a ‘relentless smirk’ on my face, in reality, the video confirms I was standing with my hands behind my back and an awkward smile on my face that hid two thoughts: One, don’t do anything that might further agitate the man banging a drum in my face and two, trying to follow a family friend’s advice never to do anything to embarrass your family, your school, or your community.”
Sandmann said that before he fully knew what was happening, the exchange was over, and another protester (aside from the adult banging the drum in his face was saying) “We got him!”, “It’s all right here on video” and “We won Grandpa.”
That story is drastically different from the one told by CNN and other networks, something that they clearly didn’t care to delve further into, as was evidenced by their settlement.
According to the teen, his “life changed forever in that one moment” as the mainstream media began to launch their diatribe against the teenager that dared to stand his ground in the face of someone promoting social justice. While any commentator worth their salts were then (and is still now) boiling to tell their opinion on Sandmann’s treatment, the 18-year-old spoke eloquently for himself on Tuesday night when he told why he believed major networks and formerly respected newspapers made him into a villain:
“Because the truth wasn’t important. Advancing their anti-Christian, anti-Conservative, anti-Donald Trump narrative was all that mattered. And if advancing their narrative ruined the reputation and future of a teenager from Covington, Kentucky … so be it. That will teach him not to wear a MAGA hat!”
Sandmann ended his remarks with one more twist of the dagger toward his aggressors: “And one more thing … let’s Make America Great Again!”