Enter Sandmann’s influence (see Washington Post Backpedals As Nicholas Sandmann Sues Their Asses Off and Now Nick Sandmann is Suing the Crap out of CNN to the Tune of $275 Million). Roseanne Barr says she’s ready to start suing mainstream media outlets for their reporting on her tweet.
I’m going to sue every news outlet that says my tweet was racist. That mischaracterizes it in a racial context instead of a political context. And they know that. Because I explained about my tweet 10,000 times and they keep, despite my explanation, insisting that they’re right and I’m wrong.
This would be an interesting case if she does sue. Because from now until the day she dies, every time Roseanne’s name is written it’s going to include a reference to her “racist tweet.” And I don’t mean OpEds or editorials where the author thinks the tweet was racist. I mean news articles where it’s presented as a fact. No questions asked.
Does she have a case? I’m not a lawyer, but she might. Especially if Sandmann is able to attain even a little suing success. Time will tell.