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WashPost Issues Editor's Note on Covington Teens' Coverage

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Friday, 01 March 2019 08:00 PM EST

The Washington Post, facing a $250 million defamation lawsuit over its coverage of a confrontation between a group of Kentucky teens and a Native American activist, issued a correction to its reporting Friday night, but a lawyer for the teen who filed the suit seemed unimpressed.

"Subsequent reporting, a student’s statement and additional video allow for a more complete assessment of what occurred, either contradicting or failing to confirm accounts provided in that story — including that Native American activist Nathan Phillips was prevented by one student from moving on, that his group had been taunted by the students in the lead-up to the encounter, and that the students were trying to instigate a conflict," the correction read in part.

The correction noted that Nicholas Sandman, the student seen facing Phillips in the video, contradicted the account, and that an investigation by the diocese that is over the Catholic school he attends had found the full videos consistent with the students' statements.

The Post also posted links to other stories it had written on the later developments. The correction also noted that a correction to the original story noted that Phillips, who had been identified as having fought in Vietnam, was never deployed to Vietnam, though he was in the military during the Vietnam era.

Sandman and his classmates were villified in the press and social media following original coverage of the event, and Fox News Channel's "The Story with Martha McCallum" quoted Sandman's attorney as responding to the editor's note as saying, "Too little too late."

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The Washington Post, facing a $250 million defamation lawsuit over its coverage of a confrontation between a group of Kentucky teens and a Native American activist, issued a correction to its reporting Friday night, but a lawyer for the teen who filed the suit seemed...
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