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Lawyer Threatens to Sue New York Times On Behalf of Covington Catholic Kids

Attorney Robert Barnes, who is representing students involved in the Covington Catholic media smear, has offered up his services for free to sue the New York Times for “obvious libel.”

Barnes’s fiery response to Times reporter Maggie Haberman should serve as a serious concern to the many journalists and media entities who rushed to judgment on the Covington kids.

The lawyer initially responded to Haberman on social media after she suggested that several of the boys in the video purportedly acting in a ‘racist’ manner should be expelled.

Barnes offered to represent the kids at no cost if they wanted to pursue a lawsuit against a prominent member of the mainstream media and the outlet she represents.

Should Barnes pursue every media entity, not just the Times, that falsely accused these kids of being racist, he’d have job security for quite some time.

Every major outlet used one out-of-context video clip to paint the kids as being racists, all for the crime of wearing MAGA hats to a March For Life demonstration.

Since then, other videos have thoroughly exonerated the students from the charges that were leveled against them.

A Call to Action

While many have threatened over the past, Barnes’s actual call to action against the media resonated with many on social media who offered up services or funds of their own to aid in the lawsuit.

“I’ll happily help work the case for free as well. Evil needs to be stopped,” one person responded.

“Someone set up a GoFundme page and I’ll be the first check in,” another wrote. “This is, without hyperbole, evil. Time for us patriots to take back the narrative from the MSM/Dem liars and present truth.”

Barnes cited the infamous Gawker case in which Hulk Hogan was awarded $140 million in a lawsuit against the publication.

“All these people that have lied and libeled better be checking their bank accounts if they’re going to continue to lie and libel of these kids,” he said.

Barnes added that any media outlets who lied about the Covington kids had 48 hours to retract and delete their statements.

“If you have said anything false about these kids, they are willing to extend you a 48-hour time period — a period of grace, consistent with their Christian faith — for you to, through confessions, get redemption and retract and correct and apologize,” he said.

They’re Still Lying About It

At the time of publication, Haberman has yet to retract her suggestion that the kids be expelled while the New York Times itself has only added a blurb to their column, stating, “interviews and additional video footage have offered a fuller picture of what happened in this encounter.”

It doesn’t end there.

Certifiable lunatic Kathy Griffin went on Twitter and tried doxxing the kids and by extension, making them victims of harassment and possible violence. That tweet is still published.

On Tuesday, ‘The View’ co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Joy Behar suggested that the Covington kids were to blame for the entire ordeal simply because they decided to wear MAGA hats.

“They had these political hats on and these outfits,” Hostin said. “Again where were the adults advising them that they can’t wear that?”

With Haberman, Griffin, ‘The View’ and countless other media outlets as potential targets for a lawsuit, Barnes will be plenty busy. Will they retract their lies before it’s too late?

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • There should be no protection for any news agencies, political figures, or anyone who falsely calls for violence and solicits hate towards anyone or any group of individuals without cause. And those who do they should be fired and jailed for no less than a year. Maybe then we can get control of the violence and evil hate speech that propagates our media.

  • I hope he nails them hard! Take them for every last cent they have. These scum (NYT and all) deserve to be penniless and broke for their outright lies and slander. None of these lying scum should get away with this smear!

  • I hope he nails them hard! Take them for every last cent they have. These scum (NYT and all) deserve to be penniless and broke for their outright lies and slander. None of these lying scum should get away with this smear!

  • I would be very grateful to this lawyer who has started the ball rolling and would seek litigators whose specialty is libel and defamation of character. Then sue them all including the filthy media, the disgusting talking heads, politicians, Hollyweirds, as well as the school and the diocese (both of which threw the kids under the bus before facts were in) for everything they have and give most of it to charity - a charity/charities that support Freedom of Religion and our United States of America.

  • Thank you Mr Barnes for stepping up for these children. They went to DC for a school visit. Activists got in their faces with their screeching and taunting and these very honorable children stood there and did not react. Disgusting media making the Victims the bad guy again to push their hate agenda.

  • Wearing a MAGA hat is deemed a criminal offense yet these commies were fawning over public school teachers having kids singing/worshipping about obama as if he were some deity. The left has created some new form of hypocritical double standard. An openly duplicitous up yours mentality. Might call it Janus syndrome?

  • Wearing a MAGA hat is deemed a criminal offense yet these commies were fawning over public school teachers having kids singing/worshipping about obama as if he were some deity. The left has created some new form of hypocritical double standard. An openly duplicitous up yours mentality. Might call it Janus syndrome?

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