A trial lawyer is prepared to represent the Covington kids for free to sue the New York Times and other outlets for “obvious libel.”
Robert Barnes, an attorney based out of Los Angeles, made the offer on Twitter over the weekend. He proceeded to go on a blistering tirade against other media outlets who he says are guilty as well.
“I will represent the kids for free if they want to sue @maggieNYT for obvious libel,” Barnes tweeted.
Several others offered to pitch in with professional services.
Others offered to contribute cash toward a GoFundMe campaign.
The Covington students, many of them wearing MAGA hats, attended the March for Life, where they were accused of harassing and intimidating a Native American protester. The media ran with the story and smeared the boys before the full video emerged, which showed a very different story.
The lawyer pointed out several examples of “libel” in a series of tweets.
“Advice to journalists: don’t compound & double down on your first set of libelous lies with more libels & lies,” Barnes tweeted.
In response to an editor at Esquire, he wrote: “Esquire editor really, really wants to be sued for libel as he engages in mind-reading. What is instantly recognizable is the malice in the media for Trump supporters easily triggers their libelous instincts.”
He had a short and blunt message for USA Today.
In response to a bogus story claiming Covington Catholic High School students wore “blackface” to a basketball game, Barnes pushed back forcefully.
“Fake news. This is a blackout event, not people in blackface. Hence, notice how the kids entire bodies are in black paint or black clothing,” he wrote.
He added: “I guess NYDN thought it wouldn’t be fair if they didn’t get sued too.”
It’s unclear whether the students will take Barnes up on his offer, though there are a lot of Americans who are hoping they will. Sometimes, the media needs to learn a hard lesson.