Recall how false and misleading media reporting regarding Covington High School student Nicholas Sandmann at the Lincoln Memorial in 2019 resulted in CNN and The Washington Post settling multi-million defamation suits with him. Turning Point’s in-house counsel Veronica Peterson sent a scathing cease and desist letter to ABC executives Tuesday demanding an on-air apology by Wednesday or legal action would follow. “The View hosts intentionally and falsely associated TPUSA with neo-Nazi protestors outside the event placing TPUSA in denigrating and false light and negatively impacting its public perception. Such action will not be tolerated,” the letter said, according to Fox News. “Specifically, The View hosts insidiously and cavalierly stated that TPUSA ‘let [neo-Nazis] in’ to its SAS event, metaphorically ‘embrase[d] them’ and that neo-Nazis were ‘in the mix of people.’ The assertion that TPUSA is complicit or affiliated in any way with the neo-Nazi protesters outside the event is outlandish, false, defamatory, and disgraceful,” the letter continued. “To be abundantly clear, TPUSA aggressively and completely condemns the ideologies of neo-Nazism and has zero connection to the protestors outside the event. Since these individuals were located on public property, TPUSA security attempted to, but was not permitted to remove them,” wrote Peterson.
Talking to lawyers. Many think we have a strong case. You cannot smear minors as Nazis and get away with it. It impacts them for the rest of their life. #SueTheView— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) July 27, 2022
Peterson then warned ABC how things were likely to go for the network in court, including an order to pay monetary damages and all legal fees accrued during the litigation. “In cases where the communication is of such a nature that the court can presume as a matter of law that the communication will tend to degrade or disgrace the party defamed, special damages are presumed,” the letter stated. “Therefore, TPUSA demands that ABC immediately cease and desist from further unlawfully defaming TPUSA, retract the defamatory statements identified above, and issue a public statement apologizing for and correcting the above defamatory and false statements,” wrote Peterson. The on-air apology came Wednesday. “On Monday we talked about the fact that there were openly neo-Nazi demonstrators outside the Florida Student Action Summit of the Turning Point USA group,” Haines began.
It’s pretty clear that they weren’t “welcomed”Why are you blatantly lying @WhoopiGoldberg?#SueTheView https://t.co/wRcS4n9pr1 pic.twitter.com/362wnuzJ8u — Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) July 26, 2022
“We want to make clear that these demonstrators were gathered outside the event and that they were not invited or endorsed by Turning Point USA,” she continued. “A Turning Point USA spokesman said the qroup, quote ‘100 percent condemns those ideologies’ and said Turning Point USA security tried to remove the demonstrators, but could not because they were on public property,” Haines said, quoting a TPUSA statement. “Also,” Haines continued, “Turning Point USA wanted to clarify, wanted us to clarify, that this was a Turning Point USA summit and not a Republican Party event. So, we apologize for anything we said that may have been unclear on these points.” [firefly_poll] Turning Point was not entirely satisfied with “The View’s apology, tweeting Wednesday that, “The apology was issued by Sara Haines. Whoopi remained silent and has not retracted her comments that TPUSA ‘metaphorically’ embraced ‘Nazis.'” Still, the apology did come and it came in rapid fashion. Even if it’s not a completely satisfying win, it was a solid reminder for conservatives around the country that fighting back matters. And it demonstrated how it can be done. Turning Point leaders quickly responded to the false reporting about their event, mounted an aggressive online campaign to counter it, and brought in the legal guns to show they meant business. Congratulations to Charlie Kirk and the Turning Point team for showing the way! This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
The View apologizes for wrongly linking neo-Nazi protestors to Turning Point USA. pic.twitter.com/uVUo7Cfykr— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) July 27, 2022