After interviewing the lawyer of Covington High School student Nick Sandmann on Wednesday evening, Fox News host Sean Hannity confidently declared that attorney Lin Wood is going to “destroy” big media outlets because the student’s lawsuit against The Washington Post is a “slam dunk.”
Speaking to Wood on Wednesday night, who filed a $250 million defamation suit against the Post on behalf of Sandmann, Hannity said he could only imagine the future lawsuits if the lawyer goes after all the media outlets and “Hollywood actors and actresses” that initially weighed in on a viral clip of Sandmann face-to-face with a Native-American activist.
“Certainly hundreds,” Wood replied. “The good news is that we have two-and-a-half years to identify and file lawsuits against the wrongdoers. Because he is a minor, Nick will turn 18 in July of 2020. We’ve got two-and-a-half years. We have a lot of work to do.”
In a later segment focusing on the Jussie Smollett case, Hannity circled back to his Wood interview. After one of his guests lamented the negativity that would surround a hate-crime hoax, Hannity referenced back to the Covington saga, saying the “media has a narrative.”
“It would have taken them six seconds to find out the truth in the Nicholas Sandmann case,” he fumed. “Not even a phone call did these people make.”
Asserting that the media is “going to lose,” the Fox News primetime star declared that “Lin Wood is going to destroy every one of these big media outlets!”
“I guarantee you,” he added. “It is a slam dunk! And they will all pay.”
While Hannity believes that the case brought by Wood is a shoo-in, at least one of his Fox News colleagues sees it differently. Earlier Wednesday, Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said it would be “impossible” to prove $250 million worth of damages claimed by the 16-year-old and his attorney.