Thank God: I think Clock Boy’s days in the spotlight are finally behind him.
We all remember the story: a poor Muslim boy named Ahmed Mohammed was discriminated against and arrested for merely bringing a clock that he engineered himself to school that was mistaken for a bomb. The story on a headline basis alone sounded bad. Then the pictures of the “clock” (which he didn’t even create) were released… and they looked like a friggin bomb!
That didn’t stop the professional virtue signalers from dominating the narrative. President Obama tweeted out “cool clock Ahmed” and invited him to the White House (before a picture of the clock was even publicly available).
He received countless freebies from corporations like Microsoft and Apple, got internship offers at Facebook and Twitter, and countless scholarships. Not content with all that, Ahmed’s fathers sued Fox News, Glenn Beck, and the mayor of Irving — among others — for defamation in September of 2016, for an amount totaling $15 million.
As Pamela Geller reported:
A district court judge in Texas has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by Ahmed Mohamed on his own behalf and on behalf of his 15-year-old son, Ahmed.
The motion to dismiss was filed by lawyers from the American Freedom Law Center (“AFLC”) and local counsel Pete Rowe on behalf of the Center for Security Policy (“CSP”) and Jim Hanson, two of the defendants in the defamation case, which also named as defendants the local Fox affiliate, Glenn Beck, and Beck’s production company.
Mohamed had sued Hanson and CSP for statements Hanson had made on Beck’s program about the connection between the Clock Boy hoax bomb affair, the attendant media frenzy created in large part by his father Mohamed, civilization jihad, and the Counsel on American-Islamic Relations (“CAIR”), the Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas front group in the United States that promotes civilization jihad.
During the hearing, AFLC co-founder and senior counsel David Yerushalmi explained to Judge Moore that the purpose of the lawfare-driven lawsuit was to intimidate into silence those who might comment publicly on the connection between jihad, terrorism, sharia, and Islam. As such, Yerushalmi argued, “this case is a classic Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation or ‘SLAPP’ case and should be dismissed.”
During the lengthy hearing, Judge Moore pressed Mohamed’s lawyer, Fort Worth attorney Susan Hutchison, to provide any facts that would suggest that Hanson and the other defendants had said anything false or defamatory about Mohamed or his son during the television broadcasts. After spending a painfully embarrassing 15 minutes flipping through reams of paper, Mohamed’s lawyer was unable to provide any such evidence.
At the conclusion of the hearing, Judge Moore said that she would rule by the end of the day. On Tuesday, the court published Judge Moore’s ruling dismissing the lawsuit against Hanson and CSP with prejudice.
In the end, that’s about the sum total of the prejudice that Ahmed has faced.