Overview and recap articles:
Chemotherapy for the
Republic. When the corporate leftist media manipulates the news into narratives, sending selectively edited
video clips viral and falsely assigning not only blame for a public encounter but even motives such as racism to a young teen
such as Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann — all for having the temerity to stand his ground
in the face of a strange man chanting in his face, it's clear the cancer is not localized in one building or place but
has metastasized culturally across the country.
The Liberal Media 'Matrix'.
Think of the headlines we've encountered since the beginning of this year. We were told the Covington Catholic boys
were smug racist Trump supporters on the basis of a snippet of video. A young man, a private citizen, whose only
offense was traveling to Washington, D.C., to march for life, was transformed at light speed into a symbol of hate and
systemic oppression. However, just as Nick Sandmann's reputation as a villain was about to set in stone, additional
videos revealed that the students' encounter with a far-left American Indian activist and the Black Hebrew Israelites was far
more complicated than initially reported. The Covington Catholic boys had been smeared. People who cast
themselves as agents of professional knowledge, expertise, and moral authority had circulated and amplified a lie in the
service of a political agenda. Not for the first nor last time.
of Covington Clears Catholic Students of Any Wrongdoing, Calls Their Actions 'Laudatory'. The Diocese of
Covington has exonerated the Covington Catholic students of any wrongdoing in the viral incident following the March for Life
in January — and added that their actions were "laudatory." The Diocese had originally condemned the
students and apologized on behalf of the students after a liberal media mob swarmed to attack the students.
Investigation Shows Covington Boys Told the Truth, Confirms Nathan Phillips is a Liar Amplified by the Media.
The results of an independent investigation into the January 18, 2019 Lincoln Memorial confrontation between leftist activist
Nathan Phillips, black supremacist group the Black Hebrew Israelites and students from Covington Catholic High School were
released Wednesday by Greater Cincinatti Investigation, Inc. The report, which is four pages long, shows what everyone
could have known initially if the time was taken to reach for context: Covington students didn't use a single racial
slur against either Phillips or the Black Hebrew Israelites and they didn't instigate the confrontation. In fact, it
was the opposite. "We found no evidence of offensive or racist statements by students to Mr. Phillips or members
of his group," the report states. "We found no evidence that the students performed a 'Build the Wall' chant."
until proven innocent' is a dangerous bylaw. Many rushed to conclusions against the Kentucky school's boys,
based on snippets of video. Nobody can prevent social media firestorms, often orchestrated by organized actors in the
smear industry. And we can't stop people from jumping on board the rush-to-judgment train. But we in the news
media can — and certainly should — show more judicious restraint when it comes to reporting news of
these events. After all, we are supposed to be trained reporters of fact. That requires professional neutrality
amid attempts to spin, condemn and rush to judgment. Of all people, we in the news media should know well that people
may be falsely accused, even by government and law enforcement, at times. Initial accounts are not always what they
seem. Eyewitnesses can be conflicted or mistaken. Video and photos can be manipulated — a very real
concern these days. Information may be presented out of context.
Teen's Lawyer Releases Brutal 14-Minute Video Showcasing Lies of Nathan Phillips and Media. A nationwide media
frenzy erupted after the Covington boys were falsely accused of mocking Phillips, spurring hundreds of threats against the
school and the school's students from across the country by phone, email, and social media. Not everyone who helped
perpetuate the initial fake story has retracted their claims or apologized, and lawyers for the Covington families are
working hard to make sure people are held accountable. A new fourteen-minute video of the incident in Washington, D.C.,
last month emphasizes the starring role Phillips took in spreading the fraudulent narrative and the supporting roles the
uncritical media took in smearing the innocent kids.
Fire... Aim. Here we go again. A cellphone video that checked all the boxes on the liberal media's
insidious game of identity politics score sheet was recently captured in Washington D.C., and it caught some conservative
sites and writers in the unsurprising web the liberal media messily spun. The story involving some students from a
Catholic Kentucky high school supposedly confronting a Native American activist with a reported military service past had all
the desired variables. It included whites, males, religion, abortion (March for Life), a protected class (Elderly
Native American veteran), and the best visual of all for the liberal media — people involved wearing the Make
America Great Again hat. It was visual overload for the salivating, race hustling, agenda-driven liberal press.
It came complete with a bonus — the ability to drag President Trump into the narrative and smear him.
Finding this story was like hitting the identity politics lottery.
Expose the Tipping Point? Many people who decry Trump's tweets — which are only very pointed,
sometimes rude, words that call out the Left — remain silent about the Left's actions to destroy a
boy's life with smears, threats to punch/shoot/place in a wood-chipper/burn to death, and dox him and his family. For
what crime is this 16-year-old boy subjected to such totalitarian retaliation? Wearing a MAGA hat and smiling.
The Left has taken us down into an Orwellian 1984 world where "to wear an improper expression on your face... was
itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called." All to
intimidate people who hold different political and religious beliefs into silence. If you think your minor child is
exempt, dream on. Have them express a politically incorrect view and see how it goes. That is the future
our progeny will experience if we remain silent.
Young Men of Courage Teach Us about Ourselves. You might have seen a headline or two about how "Students in
Trump Hats Mock Native American." The story is a carefully crafted piece of propaganda, with a deceptive image and edited
video at its core. As Daniel McCarthy points out, "it was a tale perfectly tailored to liberal biases: white
Catholic teenagers in MAGA hats had harassed an old and frail Indian veteran during the March for Life, which was also the
date of an Indigenous People's March." The opposite appears to be true: a left-wing activist harassed a bunch of
young men waiting for their bus after attending the March for Life. Instead of taunting, the young men were taunted.
Instead of causing a situation, the young men were restrained and avoided a worse situation.
Better Guide than Elite Opinion Is Public Revulsion at It. The boys did not approach or taunt the drum-beating
fake-Vietnam-vet creep of an Indian activist Nathan Phillips. On the contrary, he waded in among them, obnoxiously
taunting them while my new favorite group of wackos, the Black Hebrew Israelites, hurled a variety of racist and sexual slurs
at the high school students as they waited for a bus to whisk them back to Kentucky after their participation in the annual
pro-life March for Life. Neither fact was clear from the original brief clip of the incident. The pretend Tonto,
beating his drum, and skirling incoherently, stands there in front of Nick Sandmann, the MAGA-behatted Covington Catholic
student whose visage has burned up the internet this last week.
The Evil Genius
of 'Native American'. [Scroll down] Undeterred and certainly not embarrassed, the media moved on to
another story: Catholic high school kids had surrounded, harassed, and taunted a harmless old Native American man on
the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The kids were Catholic, which Democrats suggest disqualifies them from holding
public office. Most of them were white, so they were obviously racist. They looked like cis-male heterosexuals,
so when they're not harassing old people they're planning their next rape party. And they're from Kentucky —
Kentucky! — Is that even a real place? I think it's in flyover country somewhere. So they've got to be
gap-toothed, illiterate rednecks who hate gays, Muslims, and who want a Big Beautiful Wall to make refugee children
suffer. Does that about sum it up?
Prejudice and Covington Catholic. One way to tell who's right about the kids from Covington Catholic High
School is by looking at the pattern of conversions. Students from the Kentucky school attending the March for Life in
Washington D.C. were condemned for allegedly mocking a Native American drummer. As more video evidence came out, some
initial critics of their behavior have apologized. Nobody who started out defending the kids (or defending them with a
reservation or two) has turned critical. The more rigorous way is to check the claims against the available evidence,
as conservative media watchdog Allen Ginzburg has done. He concludes that the teens "were by far the most decent and
honorable participants in this whole situation," reporters and media commenters included. The inability of some people
to concede the point seems to me to be a testament to the power of partisanship and pride. But you can read the
back-and-forth of those arguments elsewhere. I'm interested in one running theme of the debate: the immense confidence
some of the critics have that they know the truth of the matter based on the way the kids look, and specifically based on the
face of one of them, 17-year-old Nicholas Sandmann.
Media Still Don't Get It. Journalists and pundits ran with an incomplete story about an out-of-context video,
showing a student at the March For Life wearing a red MAGA hat smiling in front of a Native American man beating a
drum. They said the boy, Nick Sandmann, and the surrounding students were mocking and harassing the man, Nathan
Phillips. [...] The media ran with this. They had to — the story checked all of the boxes they are ever-so-eager to
check: white, Christian, pro-life Trump supporter is a racist. They couldn't have concocted a more delicious recipe
if they tried. [...] Then the truth came out. Nearly two hours of footage was published, and the context it provided
exonerated the Sandmann and the other Covington students. As it turns out, members of the cult, Black Hebrew
Israelites, were the real perpetrators of hate on the scene, hurling homophobic and racist insults at the teens (haven't
heard a peep from leftists about them, though — fascinating).
defends Covington students, calls media coverage 'evil'. President Trump on Tuesday [1/22/2019] defended the Covington
Catholic High School students caught up in a storm of misinformed social media rage over the weekend, calling the news coverage of
their controversial encounter with a Native-American elder "evil." "Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become
symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be. They have captivated the attention of the world, and I know they will use it for
the goo — maybe even to bring people together. It started off unpleasant, but can end in a dream!" Trump tweeted
Tuesday morning [1/22/2019].
picture emerges of viral video encounter between Native American and Catholic students. Marcus Frejo, an
indigenous hip-hop artist who is also known as Quese Imc, said he was standing with a friend near the black men when tensions
flickered. He said he was worried "something ugly" was going to happen. Around that time, he said, Phillips
approached, asking to borrow a drum. Together, they headed into the center of the students, creating a sort of prayer
circle. They sang what he said was a well-known spiritual song associated with the American Indian Movement of the
1960s and used for prayer and resistance. In separate interviews, Frejo and Phillips said they heard the students
making noises that seemed to mock Native American chanting. But Frejo also said he heard some of the students sing along.
the right should learn from Covington Catholic flap. The first question any conservative should have asked
himself about a picture of a high school kid supposedly harassing an old Indian guy beating a drum was, "Why is this image
newsworthy?" The image was newsworthy because the left shapes the news. High school kids harass their elders on a
daily basis. Even if the Covington kid was guilty as accused, other kids throughout America were doing worse things to
old people during this same news cycle; mugging them, punching them, maybe even killing them. Even if caught on video,
the media would not show these incidents unless the left found them politically useful. They almost never are, and so
they almost never do. This framing of the news has gone on for more than fifty years.
a matter of time before the social media mob comes for you. As the March for Life in Washington wound down, a
video surfaced showing what appears to be a group of Catholic students, many clad in "MAGA" hats, confronting Nathan
Phillips, an activist from the Indigenous People's March. This set off all kinds of social justice alarm bells.
The media leapt into action, condemning the students with ferocity and even vindictiveness. Journalists went on the
offensive. CNN ran an article titled "Teens in Make America Great Again hats mocked a Native American elder at the
Lincoln Memorial" but later changed the headline to "Teen in confrontation with Native American says he was trying to diffuse
the situation." [...] The truth is that these high school students were harassed, mocked, and threatened leading up to the
confrontation with Philips, who chose to get in their faces and pound his drum.
story was not about race but about people in power attacking people they've failed. The full video of what
happened on Friday in Washington is well over an hour long. The four minutes that made Twitter don't tell the story,
but instead distorted the story. A longer look shows that the boys from Covington Catholic in Kentucky weren't a roving
mob looking for a fight. They were, in fact — and it shows it on the tape — standing in place
waiting to be picked up by a bus. As they waited there, members of a group called the Black Hebrew Israelites, a black
supremacist organization, began taunting them with racial epithets. Nathan Phillips, the now-famous American Indian
activist, also approached them, pounding his drum. The footage seems to suggest the boys were unsure whether Phillips
was hostile or taking their side against the Black Hebrew Israelites. But in any case, there is no evidence at all that
anyone said, "build a wall."
Covington Kids Just Met Saul Alinsky's Disciples. There is a generation of people new to the nuance of
politics. There is also a generation of people familiar to things political, but new to the severe constructs within
the industry. Nothing the institutional or professionally political-left does is organic. Everything is
pre-planned, pre-scripted and pre-organized. All major events, even those that seem oddly organic (George
Stephanopoulos asking Romney about constitutionality of birth control '12), are highly scripted — while various
elements within allied media await the triggering moments. Like a political iceberg, two-thirds of the activity is
below the surface; only one-third is visible. If we focus on the surface events, and not on the constructs under the
surface, its easy to get caught up in the latest shiny thing. Professional leftists plan everything. This is all
they do; this is all they know to do. From birth to maturity, within the machine, every moment of the day is spent
planning optimum utilization. Every event is sequential.
Ultimate Irony of the 'Native American Elder' and the MAGA Hat Kids. This past weekend's big news was a big
media frame-up of kids and the beating of a leftist drum by a little Indian. There's no need now to elaborate on how
the Covington Catholic High School students may end up being 2019's most unfairly maligned group; their innocence has already
been established. But suffice it to say that with video-recording devices ubiquitous today — and with
incidents such as last Friday's Lincoln Memorial affair shot by multiple people from many angles — if there's no
footage of something that allegedly happened there, it didn't happen, period.
Our Children From Radical Leftwing Activists. The Covington school students were not at the Lincoln Memorial to
harass Native American rights activists or any other kind, they were there to celebrate life following the highly successful
Right to Life March that this year drew hundreds of thousands of kids and young people to come out in defense of the
vulnerable unborn. Still smarting from the loss of abortion champion Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump, the far left
couldn't take it. While chanting and playing the same ceremonial drums, they played in the face of Covington school
student, Nick Sandmann and others, the same group of Native American rights activists reportedly led by Nathan Phillips
attempted a run on Washington, D.C.'s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception during a Saturday evening
Mass one day after they accused the Covington kids of bigotry and racism.
General news coverage:
suspends suspicious account that shared clip of teens' encounter with Native American elder. A Twitter account
with more than 40,000 followers has been suspended after it spread a viral video showing a Native American elder on the steps
of the Lincoln Memorial last week surrounded by students from a Catholic high school wearing "Make America Great Again"
hats. The account, @2020fight, claimed to have belonged to a California schoolteacher named Talia, but used a picture
of a Brazilian blogger, according to CNN Business. The account tweeted hundreds of times each day and shared a brief
video of the encounter between Nathan Phillips and Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann with the words, "This
MAGA loser gleefully bothering a Native American protester at the Indigenous Peoples March."
Catholic Student Begs Local TV News to Tell the Truth About Native American Incident In DC. The incident took
place at the Lincoln Memorial as the students waited for buses to pick them up after participating in the annual March for
Life that day. News reports claimed the students harassed a Native American man named Nathan Phillips — a
Vietnam veteran [See note below] — who was trying to perform a religious ceremony. The students and the
school have been viciously attacked online with many threats being made to attack the school children. As happens too
often these days, the media got it wrong. Numerous videos show the students being approached by Phillips and a group of
fellow Native American activists who were at the Lincoln Memorial for an Indigenous Peoples Rally that had ended earlier.
Videos also show the students being harassed by a group of African-Americans who hurled racist and anti-gay insults at the students.
Provides Video, Says Classmate Did Not Mock Native American Vietnam Veteran. After Friday's "March for Life" in
Washington, D.C., a group of boys from an all-boys Catholic high school in Kentucky were assembled near the Lincoln Memorial,
awaiting the buses that would take them home. During the wait some of the boys encountered a Native American Vietnam
Veteran, Nathan Phillips, who was beating a drum. A brief video of the incident, which many claimed showed a student
mocking or "jeering at" Phillips (as covered by our Sarah Quinlan) went viral. By Saturday afternoon the student was
doxxed, threatened with expulsion, and the incident was being used by the usual suspects as yet another example of toxic
masculinity and white privilege. No one, apparently, attempted to talk to the students involved to hear their side
or to see if there were any misunderstandings.
Media Lied To Punish Kids For Wearing MAGA Hats. A video went viral on the internet Saturday morning showing a
group of kids from Covington Catholic school supposedly surrounding a group of Native Americans while wearing MAGA hats.
[...] Within a matter of hours, after main stream media began sharing the story and attempting to identify the students
several videos from different angles were released and once again we see the media selectively editing reality to fit a
narrative, and this time it was to punish children for supporting the President and the March for Life. The students
from Covington High school were in DC for the March for life and were waiting for their bus home at the Lincoln memorial,
that is when noted activist Nathan Phillips approached the group of students, cameras ready, and began beating his ceremonial
drum in the face of one of the students. Nathan Phillips is known to decry racism at the drop of a hat, and is nothing
more than a liberal outrage artist.
School Kid Inspires Orgy of Hatred. If liberals don't scare you yet, check out what they want to do to a high
school kid who was designated by the media for the Two Minutes Hate for not wearing a sufficiently reverential expression
while belligerently demented Indian activist Nathan Phillips got in his face and tried to provoke him by pounding incessantly
on a drum. [...] The sort of moonbats who run the news media and entertainment industry want the population disarmed, they
want the government to control everything imaginable, and they want themselves in complete control of the government.
If they would sic a vicious mob on a high school kid for allegedly smirking, imagine what they will do to the rest of us if
they ever get the power they are after.
Making matters worse:
The 'Hate' Hoax Industry.
Mistaken identity is always a risk when a witch-hunt hysteria takes hold, and the hunt for "hate" in the Trump era has
produced a mob mentality that rivals 17th-century Salem. Just ask Michelle Grissom, a Colorado middle-school teacher
who may lose her job because she mistakenly identified the wrong Covington Catholic School student in a viral
video — and called him a "Hitler Youth"! Ms. Grissom has been placed on leave from her position as a
social studies teacher at Mountain Ridge Middle School in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch after deleting her Twitter
account and apologizing for her error. [...] Adding to Ms. Grissom's misfortunes was the fact that Jay's father is a
successful obstetrician who, to say the least, did not take kindly to having his son labeled a Hitler Youth. After the
gravity of her error became apparent, Ms. Grissom issued an abject apology and also resigned her post as local teachers
are the Black Hebrew Israelites, the religious group in the viral confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial? The
Black Hebrew Israelites — sometimes called "Black Jews" "Black Hebrews" and "Hebrew Israelites," according to
Vox — are a controversial offshoot of an American religious movement known as Black Israelism, The Washington Post
reported. The movement dates back to the 18th century, if not before. More specifically, the movement is "rooted
in Black Judaism," according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which noted the Black Judaism doctrine states "when the
Kingdom of Israel was destroyed, the Israelites were first scattered across the African continent and then selectively
targeted by enemy African tribes who captured and sold them to European slave traders for bondage in the New World." The
principles of the Black Hebrew Israelites vary: the group does not appear to have an official creed. In fact, Lewis
Gordon, a professor of Africana philosophy at the University of Connecticut, told The Philadelphia Inquirer some sects within
the movement "identify as Jews, as Christians, and as neither."
Are Cannibalizing the Covington Kids. Commentators have been roundly condemned for jumping to conclusions and
getting things wrong based on the viral, and as we now know, incomplete and misleading video that started this nationwide
existential crisis. But suppose the first video had been an accurate depiction of what really happened? The
reaction of the adults still would have been self-serving, self-congratulatory, self-centered. Childish. No one,
including the Covington Catholic High School administration, the local Catholic bishop, our social and cultural talking heads,
took responsibility for these kids. No one offered to be the old-fashioned, reassuring adult standing in front
of the accused child, offering to take the punishment on himself because the child is too young to be totally culpable, and
too young to be offered as a victim to an angry mob. Our legal system holds children to a different standard, but our
public discourse does not.
Black Hebrew Israelites confronting Covington Catholic students a 'hate group'. In a statement released Sunday
to the media, Covington Catholic High School junior Nick Sandmann, who was shown over the weekend standing face-to-face with
an indigenous man Friday [1/18/2019] in Washington, D.C., said the standoff took place after four African-American protesters said
"hateful things" to Sandmann and a group of his classmates. "They called us 'racists,' 'bigots,' 'white crackers,' 'faggots'
and 'incest kids.' They also taunted an African-American student from my school by telling him that we would 'harvest his
organs.' I have no idea what that insult means, but it was startling to hear," Sandmann wrote. The remark about
harvesting organs may reference Jordan Peele's horror-satire "Get Out," a 2017 movie in which the black boyfriend of a white
girl discovers her family is harvesting the organs of blacks.
a matter of time before the social media mob comes for you. Social media mobs are a cancer on this country, and
those in the news business have an obligation not to carelessly magnify malignant efforts at personal destruction. This
affects all of us. It does not matter who you are, whether you are active online, care about politics, or keep to
yourself. The social justice mob may come for you, your spouse or your child, and engage in a ritualistic destruction
of their online reputation. Even a trip to the Lincoln Memorial for high school kids can be turned into something
catastrophic. The press must be better than this, especially those who have the power of a large online platform.
Perhaps the only way we can change the current climate is to hold accountable those who play into the rage mob and remind the
rest of us that, no matter who you are, it is only a matter of time before the online vigilantes come for you too.
Catholic diocese sticks to its calumny against its kids. Nobody should be all that surprised that leftist mobs
and their mainstream media allies perpetrated a false story about Covington Catholic schoolboys in MAGA hats supposedly
'mocking' a Native American, followed by a Twitter feeding frenzy that's going to get them a lawsuit. As John
Hinderaker notes, the blue checkmarks are now swiftly deleting and scrubbing their Twitter statements in a pathetic bid to
avoid getting sued. MAGA kids, of course, know what the left is like from other incidents, and probably can deal that
behavior on some level. But what isn't good is the embrace of the dishonest narrative from the kids' own school and
their own Catholic diocese, falsely condemning them in some amazing public calumny they have yet to retract.
Rep. Ilhan Omar attacks Covington boys for 'taunting' Black
Hebrew Israelites. Rep. Ilhan Omar attacked the Covington Catholic students in a tweet late Tuesday,
accusing the boys of "taunting 5 Black men" who were part of the Black Hebrew Israelites protest group. [...] The footage
does not back up Mrs. Omar's claims that the boys surrounded Mr. Philllips or participated in racist chants.
Videos showed Mr. Phillips approaching the boys while banging on his drum and initial reports of the boys chanting "build
that wall" have been debunked. Videos also showed members of the Black Hebrew Israelites, with some sects deemed a hate
group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, shouting homophobic and racist slurs at the boys. Mrs. Omar's deleted
tweet has been widely criticized, with 5,500 retweets and a whopping 21,000 replies, with many users calling her a liar.
Activism 101: Get in someone's face and then play victim for the cameras. The recent interaction in DC between
high school students (one in particular) and an older activist who is Native American reminded me of a warning I once
received from a colleague as to how I needed to prepare myself if I ever was in a hostile crowd or confronted. A
classic leftist/occupy activist tactic, I was warned, was to confront a target and immediately start screaming that the
target was being aggressive even though that was not true. Unsuspecting people in the vicinity would not start
recording the incident until there was this commotion. The videographers accompanying the provocateur also would edit
the video to start when the provocateur started screaming. The target, not knowing what was about to happen, would not
be prepared for it, and might even take the bait, such as in pushing the person away physically. Regardless of what the
target did or didn't do, you would have video of the innocent target being portrayed as the aggressor, and the provocateur
portrayed as the victim. It happened to me at Cornell in April 2014 after the student assembly rejected a BDS motion.
Democrat: Ban Teens from Wearing MAGA Hats. House Budget Committee chair Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY)
called Sunday [1/20/2019] for a ban on teenagers wearing "Make America Great Again" (MAGA) hats, in response to a viral video
of a confrontation between Catholic students and Native American counter-demonstrators at the March for Life on Friday [1/18/2019]
in Washington, DC. Yarmuth holds one of the most powerful positions in the Democrat-run U.S. House of Representatives.
The Editor says...
He probably also wants to make it illegal to chant, "Lock her up!"
Chairman Calls for 'Shutdown of Teenagers Wearing MAGA Hats'. In response to the confrontation between
left-wing Indian activists and some Catholic teens following the March for Life, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), chairman of
the House Budget Committee, has publicly called for prohibiting teenagers from wearing caps that say, "Make America Great
Again" (MAGA). "I am calling for a total and complete shutdown of teenagers wearing MAGA hats until we can figure out
what is going on," Yarmuth tweeted on Jan. 20, after a partial video of the confrontation was released. "They
seem to be poisoning young minds," he said.
The Editor says...
What does "shutdown" mean, in this case? Criminalization of free speech? Confiscation of red hats? If
Congressman Yarmuth wants to see people "poisoning young minds," he
should take a close look at the nearest government indoctrination
center, a/k/a public school.
Conservatives Join the Left's Lynch Mob. On Sunday afternoon [1/20/2019], as the media's narrative fell apart
and the reality of the situation came into view, National Review quietly removed [Nick] Frankovich's article from its
website. Rich Lowry, the outlet's editor, explained in a very brief post that he and Frankovich had been duped by a
"hoax" and that Frankovich's "strongly worded post" had been taken down. Lowry also deleted a few of his own tweets
that inaccurately portrayed the incident. That was it. Rather than acknowledge that the editor and deputy editor
for a once reliable and thoughtful conservative magazine were complicit in mob-shaming teenage boys attending a pro-life
rally, they quickly excused their behavior as nothing more than gullibility. There was no apology, save for this quasi
mea culpa. There was no "calling out" other conservatives who also had participated in the viral assault on innocent
Incompetent news media coverage:
Oops Journalism. The coverage
of the Covington HS incident during this year's March for Life may have shown journalism at its worse. Depending on
your personal bias, you could find a version of the event to confirm it. In this age of 24/7 news and instantaneous
coverage of events, journalists and the media that employs them have incentives to be first with a piece of news. If
they get it wrong, many don't engage in introspection; they simply move on.
Post admits it screwed up big in the Covington Catholic story. It's amazing, the difference a $250 million
defamation lawsuit can make. The Washington Post published an editor's note Friday evening admitting, way too late,
that it badly bungled its coverage of the Covington Catholic High School story. Major newsrooms, including the Post,
falsely reported in January that a group of Covington Catholic High School students had abused and taunted an elderly Native
American protester, Nathan Phillips, after the March for Life in Washington, D.C. The students did no such thing, as publicly
available video showed. Sadly, the truth of the matter came out only after the press, most especially the Post,
had already spread a narrative based entirely on vicious falsehoods.
Post issues lengthy correction over Covington Catholic confrontation. The Washington Post published a lengthy
editor's note Friday acknowledging errors in its coverage of a viral incident between high school student Nicholas Sandmann
and Native American demonstrator Nathan Phillips in January. [...] The Post is facing a $250 million defamation lawsuit from
Sandmann, filed in February. Based on an incomplete recording of the incident, the Post had initially reported that Phillips
was prevented by a student in the group from moving past them. The newspaper had also stated Phillips had been taunted by
students before the encounter, and that the students were the instigators of the incident. "Subsequent reporting, a
student's statement and additional video allow for a more complete assessment of what occurred, either contradicting or
failing to confirm accounts provided in that story," the Post's note states.
case proves that journalism in this country is dead and buried. In case after case after case, the mainstream
media, they devour any story that just fits their radical, extreme extension of the Democratic socialist party agenda.
If it advances the narrative that Donald Trump is evil and his supporters are bad and America is scary and racist and sexist,
homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, the media mob will shift into full gear without performing any due diligence —
without even picking up the telephone, without any kind of investigation, not even five minutes worth. Look at what they
did to the 16-year-old Covington high school student, Nick Sandmann. Off a 15-second blurb, they accused him of being a
racist, harassed him, accused him of assaulting a 65-year-old activist and getting in his face. They tried to ruin this
kid's life with slander, smearing, besmirching, character assassination.
of the Covington kids is a perfect example of media bias. If you are in a public place and someone starts
heckling you, are you entitled to heckle back? What if your heckler starts banging a drum in your face? Are you
allowed to answer him with a smirk? I think you are, even if you are wearing a MAGA hat. Even if you're an
entitled brat. The kids from Covington Catholic HS in Covington, Ky., were ambassadors for causes much bigger than
themselves: Catholicism and the March for Life. As such, they should have comported themselves better than to
jeer and do a tomahawk chop in front of Nathan Phillips, an indigenous man who banged a drum at them in front of the Lincoln
Memorial on Friday. Ideally, the kids would have ignored him and walked away. Until about 10 minutes ago,
though, it was broadly agreed in our culture that kids are allowed to do some dumb things because they are kids.
justice has become a new excuse for prejudice. Social justice confuses racial enlightenment with stereotyping,
as exemplified by the recent confrontation between MAGA hat-clad teenagers from a Catholic school and a black nationalist
group fronted by a Native American man. The Atlantic's James Fallows explicitly rejected the idea of individuality in
this conflict. To him, the teenagers were the nondescript heirs to the 20th century's segregationists, and their
abusers were their righteous and aggrieved victims. The Washington Post saw this as a chance to litigate the historic
injustices the Catholic Church has visited upon America's indigenous population.
Against Christians Harms The Media's Reputation. Yesterday morning [1/27/2019] on "MediaBuzz" with Howard
Kurtz, I was asked to explain how so many journalists could have gotten the Covington boys story so terribly wrong. I
responded that the problems started with many in the media's bigotry against Christians, conservatives, and pro-lifers.
In recent days we've seen reporters attack Karen Pence for volunteering at a Christian school, attempt to dig up dirt against
Christian schools, and viciously attack 16-year-old Catholic boys who were being harassed by adults spewing racist and
Media Botched the Covington Catholic Story. [Scroll down] By Saturday, the story had become so hot, and
the appetite for it so deep, that some news outlets felt compelled to do some actual reporting. This was when the
weekend began to take a long, bad turn for respected news outlets and righteous celebrities. Journalists began to
discover that the viral video was not, in fact, the Zapruder film of 2019, and that there were other videos — lots
and lots of them — that showed the event from multiple perspectives and that explained more clearly what had
happened. At first the journalists and their editors tried to patch the revelations onto the existing story, in hopes
that the whole thing would somehow hold together. CNN, apparently by now aware that the event had taken place within a
complicating larger picture, tried to use the new information to support its own biased interpretation, sorrowfully reporting
that early in the afternoon the boys had clashed with "four African American young men preaching about the Bible and
oppression." But the wild, uncontrollable internet kept pumping videos into the ether that allowed people to see for
themselves what had happened.
Media Shows Its Face in
Attack on Kids. [Scroll down] Ironies abound. People warning about stereotypes hoisted themselves
on their own petard in creating ideologically neat caricatures of the kids. An online mob called for violence against
what it termed a mob: Catholic high school students gathering to catch a bus (not every assembled group constitutes a
mob). Adults inveighing against bullying viciously attacked a group of teenagers. Self-righteousness enables people to
engage in the very behaviors they rail against. A Catch-22 quality colors the Fourth Estate. Journalists
want their audience to hate all things Trump. But the more they show their audience that they hate all things Trump,
the more they discredit themselves to their audience.
and HuffPo Just Got Hit with the Karma Stick. A Catholic school in Kentucky had to shut down this week due to
hundreds of death threats, because a bunch of self-described journalists spread a disgusting smear that they were too lazy to
check out for themselves. Pardon me if I don't weep for those guardians of truth less than a week later, as they pack
up their desks.
media lied. And the media is the victim. Read about it in the media. When the media gets caught
lying or a Democrat is caught committing a crime, then it's spun as "Republicans pounce on X" or "Conservatives take
advantage of the opportunity to...". Beyond the obvious projection is the inherent admission that the media sees itself
as the messaging arm of the Left. But the Washington Post piece is particularly egregious in that it claims that its
reporters were the victims of a viral story that they couldn't bother fact checking and that conservative social media fact
checking media lies was some sort of entrapment. News flash. When you lie and get caught lying, it's not entrapment.
Nobody forced the Washington Post to jump on this bandwagon. It chose to do so because of its toxic politics.
MAGA Hats in the Opinion Workers Union Hall. [Scroll down] The news of the discharges came after days of
coverage respecting the confrontation between a make-believe Vietnam veteran and some Catholic school boys who did not take
the bait to respond to his aggressive moves and were nevertheless falsely accused of the left's favorite sin —
racism. After a series of hoaxes in which white males were proven to have been unfairly accused of racism and sexism
and such we were naturally skeptical. There was the Trayvon Martin ("white Hispanic") nonsense, the Ferguson ("hands
up, don't shoot') lies, the Duke Lacrosse Team hoax, the UVA fraternity debacle and the Judge Kavanaugh hokum, to name some
of the publicized libels and defamations in the left's quiver against straight white males.
and media malpractice. The scene at the Lincoln Memorial last weekend was a perfect microcosm of America's
current culture wars. One thing happened, yet two completely different stories have taken hold, with each side telling
its own tale to confirm its own prejudices. What America needs is a class of professionals who could review all the
evidence, without fear or favor, and present to the public a clear and comprehensive picture taking in many perspectives.
Of course, most of our press is not doing that. Most of our press rushed without sobriety, without facts, and without
even the slightest effort at balance or even perspective and believed the most one-sided version of the story.
Aren't Enough After The Covington And BuzzFeed Media Fiascos. Why didn't the rest of the news media use greater
caution before pushing the questionable BuzzFeed piece? [...] Just like the despicable coverage of the Covington high school
kids, unchecked hatred of Trump has caused the press not only to drop any pretense of objectivity, but to abandon what
reporters claim is their primary professional obligation: To get the facts straight before reporting them to the
public. Apologizing after the fact doesn't do anyone any good. If mainstream reporters don't like Trump calling
their work "fake news," they should stop providing him so many fresh examples.
with the story. A reader writes from China to lend a hand to attorneys who may represent the MAGA hat-wearing
Catholic high school students in their potential libel lawsuits. According to the AP and other outlets, these students
allegedly mocked a Native American after they participated in the pro-life rally in DC on Friday. [...] The story has now
been widely debunked. The young man who became the target of the resulting abuse has also issued his own statement
recounting what happened. The original AP story is essentially a crock. It is based on a distorted account of the
underlying events. As of this morning [1/21/2019], however, the AP still has its original story with the attention-grabbing
headline posted without retraction, addition, clarification or correction: "Students in MAGA hats mock Native American rally."
Admits Others 'Rushed to Judgement' on Catholic Teens Viral Vid, Ignores They Did Too. ABC's Good Morning
America admitted Monday [1/21/2019] that the incident at the March for Life that went viral appearing to show Catholic
teens in MAGA hats sneering at a Native American veteran, was taken out of context. However, ABC failed to acknowledge
that their own network also slandered these kids with their hasty reporting based off of on one viral video. On Monday,
ABC's Cecilia Vega led into the report noting the original video released over the weekend had "quickly sparked outrage
online" but that another video was "raising new questions about what really happened before the incident." Vega didn't
note that their own network helped spark that outrage, when This Week host Martha Raddatz tried to shame Republican
Senator James Lankford into condemning the Catholic, pro-life teens wearing "Make America Great Again" hats as racists.
On Friday [1/18/2019], somewhere between 100,000 and 300,000 people attended the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.
The crowd dwarfed that at the Women's Anti-Semites' March the following day. Vice-President Pence addressed the March
for Life crowd in person, and President Trump spoke via satellite. Was that news? No. The only "news" that
emerged from the massive rally arose out of a peaceful confrontation between some high school boys from Kentucky and an
elderly Native American Man and a group of his followers. Supposedly, the boys treated the man disrespectfully.
This became front-page news across the country. Why? [...] The MAGA hats were, of course, key to the story. They
made the insignificant encounter into front page news, because the left-wing media got a twofer: an opportunity to smear
both the right to life movement and President Trump and his supporters. If you paid attention to the news, you would think
that the only noteworthy thing that happened at the March for Life was the Indian/teenager standoff. Yet it turned out
that even that meagre story was mis-reported.
Kristol deletes tweet, fails to apologize for jumping on phony story of MAGA hat kids harassing Native
American. On Friday, a group of March for Life teenagers from Covington, Ky. were harassed by an extremist
demonstrator, a Native American beating a drum, and, through carefully edited video, were widely portrayed in the mainstream
media as mean harassers of a poor Native American war veteran. Taylor Day busted the fraud on our pages today, but you
can quickly grasp the gist of the fraud through this video from the Daily Caller: [Video clip] A number of conservatives
jumped on the virtue-signaling bandwagon, accepting at face value yet another fake news story seeking to castigate Trump and
his supporters. Those with integrity, once they realized that their eagerness to display moral superiority to other
Narrative of "Catholic MAGA high schoolers mob Native American elder" doesn't hold up to video scrutiny. The
internet blew up over a (as it turns out) heavily-edited clip of white male Catholic March for Life high schoolers apparently
taunting, mocking, and otherwise behaving badly toward a Native American elder. Even many on the right condemned the
MAGA hat-wearing boys for their perceived vile behavior. The problem? We didn't get the whole story, and many
people, including those on the left, are now expressing their regret at jumping too readily to condemn these boys. As
it turns out and in the true spirit of "unexpectedly," there is much more to this story than we were first treated to in the
Show Either Doesn't Do Their Homework or Intentionally Ran Cover for Fraud Nathan Phillips. One day after a
ridiculous interview on the Today Show in which Savannah Guthrie asked leading questions trying to shame Covington Catholic
student Nick Sandmann, she is back with an even more absurd interview with his antagonist, far-left activist Nathan
Phillips. During the interview with Phillips, Guthrie asserted, "some have said you're a Vietnam vet — I
don't believe you have said that." Guthrie either didn't do her homework or was intentionally misleading to run cover
for the activist. This is why nobody trusts the mainstream media.
Digs Itself Into Deeper Hole: Blatant Double Standard on Sandmann-Phillips Interviews. NBC had a chance
to demonstrate that the "mainstream" media is not irredeemably wedded to Fake News. It blew it. Big time.
Even worse, it piled outrage on top of outrage. NBC's dishonest and friendly interview on the Today show with political
agitator Nathan Phillips (shown) contrasts sharply with its dishonest and decidedly unfriendly interview the day before with
Nick Sandmann. And that's not all; the network glaringly ignored the irrefutable video evidence that shows NBC —
along with virtually the entire Big Media cartel — got the original story completely wrong. Not only did NBC
fail to apologize for their initial false, defamatory, and inflammatory reporting, but, their subsequent one-sided interviews
with Sandmann and Phillips show (in case there was any doubt) that NBC is beyond redemption. Unfortunately, much the same
can be said for the rest of the Fake News industrial complex.
Isn't Dead; It's Undead. A popular theme in the Twitterverse this week is "Journalism is dead." Two events
apparently driving the disgust du jour with media incompetence and dishonesty are BuzzFeed's story about President Trump
allegedly asking Michael Cohen to commit perjury, and the group of boys from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky
accused of racist behavior at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. The BuzzFeed "bombshell" was defused when special
counsel Robert Mueller's office issued a statement flatly contradicting the story. Authors Anthony Cormier and Jason
Leopold admitted that they had not personally seen the documents they referenced. Additional doubt has been cast on the
story's credibility by Leopold's record of inaccuracies and outright falsehoods. But the BuzzFeed bust is nothing
compared with the Covington Catholic conflagration.
'Fake News' By Its Real Name: Bad Journalism. I hate the term "fake news" as it's currently applied —
even to two recently debunked stories: [#1] The report — inconveniently denied by none other than the Special
Counsel's office — and resulting media hysteria around alleged documentary evidence showing President Donald Trump had
ordered attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Robert Mueller's investigators. [#2] Initial media response buying in to
charges that boys from Covington Catholic High School had surrounded and harassed a Native American veteran (he approached them)
and had responded with a "lynch mob mentality" to "truth" from black activists (which turned out to be hate-filled profanity).
Aren't Enough After The Covington And BuzzFeed Media Fiascos. In the span of a couple days, the mainstream
press pushed two stories that caused a flurry of outrage. Neither was true. Both were the direct result of the
media's pathological hatred of President Donald Trump.
of Covington Catholic. Let us recap what happened. A group of high school boys used the King holiday
weekend to visit Washington and participate in the anti-abortion March For Life. While they waited for their bus after
visiting the Lincoln Memorial, four black nationalists heckled them. An Indian activist taunted them by approaching
them and beating a drum. He got in the face of one boy. The Washington Post reported the story backward as it
made the man who started it the victim.
Covington Catholic students 'treated unfairly' and 'smeared by media'. President Trump issued his first public
statement Monday on the viral encounter between white teenagers wearing "Make America Great Again" hats and a Native American
elder last week on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. After Fox News' Tucker Carlson ran a segment on the "rush to
judgment" on the short clip that started the controversy, Trump offered words of support for Nick Sandmann and his peers from
Kentucky's Covington Catholic High School.
Fights the Covington Culture War After Passive Conservatives Surrender. President Trump spoke out Tuesday [1/22/2019]
against the media assault on the Covington Catholic High School students, leaping into a Culture War melee after many establishment
conservatives either backed away from the fight or actively supported the false narrative pushed by left-wing media.
Aren't Enough After The Covington And BuzzFeed Media Fiascos. On Saturday, the New York Times ran a story with
the headline: "Boys in 'Make America Great Again' Hats Mob Native Elder at Indigenous Peoples March." [...] The article
described it as an "unsettling encounter" that "became the latest touchpoint for racial tensions in America, particularly
under Mr. Trump." The story quoted Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's Democratic secretary of state, condemning the
"horrific scenes." The Washington Post followed up with a story on Sunday quoting the Native American, Nathan Phillips,
saying that he "felt threatened by the teens and that they swarmed around him." Then, later that same day, the story
fell apart. More complete video evidence — not just the misleading seconds-long clip — showed
that Phillips approached the students, not the other way around. It showed that another group of adult men had been
hurling obscenities at the teenage students before Phillips showed up. And it showed that, if anything, the students
acted with restraint as chaos mounted. What it didn't show were racists threatening a Native American who happened to
be walking by. Meanwhile, Phillips turned out to be a very unreliable witness.
NRO Pushed Covington Hoax to Win 'Approval of the Mainstream Media'. Rush Limbaugh identified National Review
as a news media outfit that prioritizes the pursuit of "approval [from] the mainstream media" over veracity in reporting,
offering his remarks on Monday's edition of his eponymous show. Limbaugh highlighted recent news media narratives
framing a group of Covington Catholic High School students as "racists," including agreement from ostensibly conservative
news media outlets and personalities.
Backtracking, retractions, apologies:
What would a hybrid civil war look
like? Nobody says sorry anymore, they just retreat into a private reality where they are always right.
The Washington Post, still reeling from misidentifying the victim and aggressor in a story about Covington Catholic
High School students and activist Nathan Phillips, simply slapped itself on the wrist with an Editor's Note admitting it got
its account wrong and declared it all square.
Covington: CYA, More Lies, and Intransigent Goblin Hate. [Nick] Sandmann and the other Covington kids might have
expected some support from their school and their church, but no. The Diocese of Covington and the Covington Catholic
High School condemned the kids' reported behavior, apologized to [Nathan] Phillips, and announced they would punish the miscreants.
This could include expulsion. Other Catholic leaders and clergy joined in without soliciting the students' side of the story.
It was days before they retracted their remarks.
Foy Apologizes for Being 'Bullied' into 'Premature Statement' on Covington Incident. The Bishop of Covington on
Friday apologized to parents of Covington Catholic High School for being "bullied" into issuing a "premature statement"
regarding an incident involving some of its students and a Native American activist during last Friday's March for Life event
in Washington, D.C.
The Evil Clowns.
The roller-coaster reactions following a video purportedly showing Covington Catholic high school boys mocking a native
American who claimed he was a Vietnam veteran elder began with a wave of outrage and ended with a whimper of embarrassment
when unedited source video showed the shoe was on the other foot. The humiliating reversal culminated in a correction
by the Washington Post that the elder was not a Vietnam veteran at all. "Correction: Earlier versions of this
story incorrectly said that Native American activist Nathan Phillips fought in the Vietnam War. Phillips served in the
U.S. Marines from 1972 to 1976 but was never deployed to Vietnam." But by then it had involved the amour propre of
literally hundreds of pundits and social media celebrities who simply couldn't admit to being so cringingly wrong. The
quantity of barbecued crow was so great it was difficult to ingest. Some flatly refused. One journalist wrote
after the exculpating evidence came out: "I refuse to read it, but from what I have read, Reason has found in a MAGA
teen video their own Zapruder film but for 'disproving' white supremacy." The urge to believe in something can be so
great that people can sincerely see things that aren't there. The social media obsession with racism and toxic
masculinity eventually turned the Covington boy's "smirking faces" into the new Evil Clown sighting of 2019.
press apologizes for saying students harassed a Native American protester. Several conservative members of the
media are walking back their condemnation of the Covington Catholic High School students who were accused of attempting to
intimidate a Native American protester, after a video of the incident seemed to confirm those accusations were baseless.
The late John McCain's daughter and Republican voice on "The View," Meghan McCain, said she "reacted too quickly" and
"apologize[d] for being part of a media pile on."
Review should apologize. National Review scolded conservatives on Sunday [1/20/2019] for falling for the Fake News about
Covington Catholic High school. Students from the all-male school in suburban Cincinnati visited the capital over the weekend,
where they were accosted at the Lincoln Memorial by Nathan Phillips, a liberal Indian who tried to provoke a racial incident.
Instead they just smiled. Our little drummer boy apparently likes to provoke Trump supporters for a living.
Ilhan Omar quietly deletes inaccurate attack on students from Covington Catholic. The only thing worse than a
malicious lie is the people who try to keep it alive even after it has been thoroughly discredited. And that's exactly
what Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., did Tuesday evening [1/22/2019] when she repeated a series of disproven allegations leveled
against a group of Covington Catholic High School students who attended the March for Life last week. They were falsely accused
this weekend of "mobbing" Nathan Phillips, a Native American protester — footage of the incident shows otherwise.
Retribution and threats of violence from the Left:
Gives Us a Glimpse of Civil War Two. During the attempted electronic lynching of the Covington Catholic high
school boys on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the mask hiding the Left's genocidal rage slipped and was momentarily
visible. The reality of the confrontation was inverted 180 degrees by the duplicitous mainstream media so that a
smiling white teenager was made to face the wrath of an Orwellian two-minute hate that stretched on for days, even after the
factual record was corrected. Accelerated by social media, the virtual lynch mob called for, among other horrors,
MAGA-hat-wearing teenage boys to be fed headfirst into wood chippers, or for them to be locked en-masse into their school and
the school to be burned to the ground. This hurricane of socially sanctioned racial fury did not arise spontaneously,
but was the result of deliberate cultivation over the past few decades by the political Left, academia, the mainstream media,
and the Hollywood entertainment elite.
who want to put kids in a wood chipper should maybe be on the no-fly list. America can be proud that in a
moment of an ugly attack against children, a prosecutor has entered the engagement to bring accountability and justice to
some stupid and hateful people. [...] Everyone in America has First Amendment rights to say just about anything. But
there is a law enforcement line that is legally crossed when a person is making physical threats.
Sullivan on Covington: 'They were 16-year-olds subjected to verbal racist assault'. In science one of the ways
you confirm your results is by having someone else replicate the experiment. If follow the same procedure and reach the
same result, it's a sign your experiment wasn't a fluke or an accident. The same thing applies to some degree to
people's read on the Covington High story from last weekend. On Wednesday I wrote about Caitlan Flanagan's excellent
piece at the Atlantic in which she spelled out what many before her had intentionally glossed over. It was the Black
Hebrew Israelites who were spewing ugly racial venom, not the high school kids.
Who Are The Black Israelites?
The Black Israelites are the group of black men who intimidated the Covington Catholic high school boys during the MAGA hat
debacle at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. They were shown on the extended footage calling them derogatory names
such as "faggots," "crackers" and "incest babies." [...] They're also against interracial relationships and have controversial
views on Jesus, complex geopolitical economics, parenting and Christmas.
Catholic Mom Fights Back Tears As She Recalls Hatred Directed At Teen Boys: They Were Targeted For "Color Of Their
Skin". Jill Hamlin, a mom who chaperoned the Covington Catholic High School boys at the March for Life,
appeared on Fox and Friends this morning to address what really happened on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday and
to talk about Covington Catholic High School being shut down for the day. The segment started when Fox and Friends
co-host Ainsley Earhardt told her viewers that Covington Catholic High School kids have been called "racists" and that the
school has been forced to close over death threats the students have received.
Allows 'Verified' Calls for Violence Against Conservative High School Kids. Twitter has spent years assuring
the public that it will crack down on trolling, harassment, and violent threats. It's also pledged to tackle
"misinformation" and "unhealthy conversation," using these loaded terms as excuses to ban a wide range of anti-progressive
dissidents from the platform. But when innocent conservative high school kids are flooded with violent threats,
targeted harassment and doxing on the basis of media-promoted misinformation, Jack Dorsey and his staff seem to do
nothing — it even briefly promoted the smears.
Writer Who Wished Death on Covington Students Fired From Job at INE Entertainment. Digital company INE
Entertainment has fired a journalist who publicly wished for the death of several Covington Catholic High School students and
their parents in a pair of tweets over the weekend. Aside from his job as a post-production supervisor at INE, Erik
Abriss is a contributor to New York Media's pop culture site Vulture. "We were surprised and upset to see the
inflammatory and offensive rhetoric used on Erik Abriss' Twitter account this weekend. He worked with the company in
our post-production department and never as a writer," the company said in a statement to TheWrap on Monday [1/21/2019].
"While we appreciated his work, it is clear that he is no longer aligned with our company's core values of respect and
tolerance. Therefore, as of January 21, 2019, we have severed ties with Abriss."
fired after wishing death on Covington Catholic HS students, parents: report. A freelance Vulture journalist
was fired from his main job at digital company INE Entertainment after wishing death for multiple Covington Catholic High
School students and their parents in the wake of controversy over the incident between students and Native American
activists, a report said. Erik Abriss, a post-production supervisor at INE Entertainment, was fired after his tweets
about the controversy involving teenage students went viral. He is reportedly a freelance journalist for Vulture.
vet's backstory falls apart. Unsavory facts have emerged about the obnoxious Indian activist Nathan Phillips
who accosted Catholic high schooler Nick Sandmann at the Lincoln Memorial for being a white male Trump supporter. [...]The
nation's biggest fake news story to date this year began when a video posted online over the weekend showed Sandmann's
awkward reaction to having his personal space aggressively invaded by a loud left-wing agitator. The student's pleasant
demeanor was taken by some to be an affront to Phillips. But because Sandmann is a living embodiment of everything
today's Left's despises — whites, males, straights, Catholics, and especially Trump supporters —
somehow the young man's remarkably restrained, mature posture turned into a threat to the republic in the minds of
leftists. The showdown between Sandmann and Phillips sparked a massive leftist-led social media meltdown in which the
mainstream media and leftists spewed bile at the student and his classmates, including demands that they be murdered.
Catholic Cancels School Early Tuesday Morning Due to Safety Concerns, No Parents or Students Allowed on Campus.
Covington Catholic High School has sent out a prerecorded message to parents telling them that school is cancelled on Tuesday
due to "safety concerns." Parents received nearly no information from the school since the incident — other
than a brief email on Monday that did not address the Antifa protesters threatening to protest the campus on Tuesday [1/22/2019].
[...] The school has still not apologized for throwing their students under the bus and feeding them to the leftist mob.
fired after wishing death on Covington Catholic HS students, parents: report. A freelance Vulture journalist
was fired from his main job at digital company INE Entertainment after wishing death for multiple Covington Catholic High
School students and their parents in the wake of controversy over the incident between students and Native American
activists, a report said. Erik Abriss, a post-production supervisor at INE Entertainment, was fired after his tweets
about the controversy involving teenage students went viral. He is reportedly a freelance journalist for Vulture.
failed Covington Catholic kids. A day after another story of Mad Hatter Mueller's investigation blew up in the
face of the press like an exploding cigar, the press latched on to the tale of group of white privileged boys mocking a poor
old Indian at the Lincoln Memorial who bangs a drum to honor his fellow Vietnam veterans. Now we know that's a pack of
lies. We know this not because of any gumshoe reporting by the Washington press corps, but because a few good citizens
fact-checked the story and discovered the lies. The initial anti-Catholic reporting by the Washington Post led to death
threats that have closed Covington Catholic High in Kentucky, which the boys attend. But the Indian, Nathan Phillips,
is not a Vietnam veteran.
were screaming horrible, horrible things': Covington chaperone tells her side of the MAGA hat incident.
Covington Catholic school chaperone Jill Hamlin told her side of the MAGA hat March for Life story on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday
[1/22/2019] and said the school jumped the gun with their initial statement. "We were all just gathered on the steps. You
know, we had obviously heard the horrific insults that were thrown at our children by the black Hebrew Israelites and the boys were
gathered on the steps," she said. "I don't know why Nathan Phillips chose Nick Sandmann. I think he would have targeted
anyone but maybe it was because Nick Sandmann had the courage to look this man in the face and he tried to diffuse the situation by
not reacting. And by standing there respectfully." Hamlin said the boys' main focus was on the March for Life and said
the school has attended the event every year. "We were not there for any other purpose other than to attend the peaceful March
for Life which we did," she added.
Veers Far Left: Smears Tennessee Star And Promotes Bizarre Conspiracy Theory. One of the more interesting
phenomena of the internet age is the rise of self-appointed Leftwing "fact checkers" who have created a cottage industry of
undermining straight news reporting critical of Democrats and Leftist causes. [...] One of the most egregious recent examples
of Snopes.com's Leftist tilt is its defense of Native American Nathan Phillips from claims of stolen valor leveled at him
after he instigated the post-March for Life confrontation with the Covington Catholic High School students. While
Snopes.com rated the charges that Phillips falsely claimed he was a Vietnam veteran as "unproven" and posted a lengthy
defense of him here, the military culture website "Task and Purpose" had already exposed Phillips stolen valor claims.
Ten Disturbing Takeaways from the Covington Crucifiction. [#2] The press' failure to vet Chief Sitting Bull:
How did it never even enter the thought process of the propagandists from the profession formerly known as Journalism not think
that they would get fact checked on every detail of this story? Even worse, Phillips is a professional agitator who's been
in the public eye for some time now. And never once did they bother to look into his background?
A few questions for Nathan Phillips about CovCath encounter.
Here are some of them: [#1] Why did you march up to the Covington Catholic students and start banging your drum instead
of walking up to the adults from the Black Hebrew Israelites who were viciously insulting not only them, but members of your
own group as well? [#2] Did you hear the epithets that the members of this known hate group were shouting at
the these teenagers? [#3] In talking to the news media about the incident did you refer to the students as "the
beast" and the Black Hebrew Israelites as their "prey"? [#4] Video evidence shows members of the Black Hebrew
Israelites calling the students "incest babies" and singling out one of their African-American classmates with a racial slur.
[...] Did you hear any of those exchanges? Would you describe the behavior of the Black Hebrew Israelites towards the
students as "respectful"?
Phillips Lied. The Media Bought It. If you're in a public place and someone starts heckling you, are you
entitled to heckle back? How about if someone does something much worse than heckling you in a public place? What
if that person in fact takes a drum up to you and starts banging it in your face? Are you entitled to heckle
back? How about smirking? Are you allowed to smirk? [...] To put it another way, if you were minding your own
business in a public place and someone came right up to you and put a drum up to your face and made a huge racket inches from
your nose, would you be happy about it? [...] Phillips was the aggressor in the situation. It's a curious feature of our
culture that people aggressively seek to be victimized, go out of their way in hopes of getting punched in the face, but here
we are. People do that because they know the media hand out condemnation based on perceived ranking in the victim hierarchy.
Philips Couldn't Have Been a Vietnam Vet, Why Didn't the Media Notice? The Washington Post, among other papers,
put out stories trying to blame its reporting on Covington Catholic on the speed at which social media news moves. The
same people who want the power to censor social media with their fact checks failed to do basic reporting. Forget
digging up more video footage. The media failed Fact Checking 101.
HATE HOAX: Native American Activist Approached
Chanting Covington Catholic Teens, Got In Their Face. The viral Twitter posts claiming a group of Covington
Catholic teenagers aggressively "surrounded" a Native American man on Friday and "mocked," "harassed" and "threatened" him is
officially the biggest hate hoax of 2019. An out-of-context video showing one teenager standing still and smiling (with
other students around him singing a school chant) while Native American activist Nathan Phillips bangs a drum and chants in
his face went viral on Twitter on Saturday, quickly amassing over 5 million views. The story was picked up by
hundreds of news outlets — without a hint of skepticism — who portrayed the kids as evil racists.
Push Back Against Media Reports Covington Catholic High School Students Racist Toward Native American Drummer.
Critics are pushing back against the portrayal of students from Covington Catholic High School as racist, after a
confrontation between the school and a Native American counter-demonstrator at the March for Life on Friday. [...] A viral
video showed a group of male students cavorting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as a Native American man beating a drum
walked toward them. The students' gestures were perceived as mocking him. Media pundits pounced on the students.
[...] And yet a full examination of the video evidence shows a more complicated picture. Video posted by a group of
left-wing activists present showed that the students had been taunted with racial slurs as the incident took place.
What makes a liberal want to punch a child?
If someone walks up to you and bangs a drum in your face, are you guilty of harassing the drummer? You might be if
you're white and wearing a MAGA hat. [...] It was a tale perfectly tailored to liberal biases: white Catholic teenagers in
MAGA hats had harassed an old and frail Indian veteran during the March for Life, which was also the date of an Indigenous
People's March. BuzzFeed had just two anonymous sources, purportedly in 'law-enforcement,' for its story, which a few
brave souls found to be rather too little to justify the attendant hype. The contrarians appear to have been right, but
what BuzzFeed misreported was so perfectly attuned to elite and progressive anti-Trump sensibilities that no hesitation was
necessary before accepting the tale as true.
Activist Nathan Phillips never served in Vietnam. On last night's [1/23/2019] episode of The Ezra Levant
Show, journalist Cassandra Fairbanks joined me to reveal the "Vietnam vet" Nathan Phillips involved with the "Covington
kids" fiasco never fought in that war — but raised money by saying he did.
Truth about the Lincoln Memorial Incident. Hours of footage, from the livestream of one of the black Israelites
and cell phone footage from bystanders show that the boys came, assembled as instructed to await their buses, and left
without any of the cruel mocking they have been accused of (unless you consider popular Fortnite dances cruel mockery).
Their entire presence is recorded nonstop and never is "Build the Wall" heard despite the media quoting it as if true.
Philips, the Native American, lied intentionally to slander these young boys and to seem himself the victim when it was he
that approached and entered the personal space of the child until the teen left. He used the momentum of attention to
preach a political stance saying that indigenous people existed for "millennia" on this land with no walls.
Representative Adam Schiff took to Twitter to spread this "wisdom", but in respect to accurate history, a simple google
search can find photos of hundreds of ancient ruins of border walls built by Native Americans that are still standing.
Bull, Nathan Phillips, Never Served In Viet Nam, And Was Never "A Real Indian". [W]ith video-recording devices
ubiquitous today — and with incidents such as last Friday's Lincoln Memorial affair shot by multiple people from
many angles — if there's no footage of something that allegedly happened there, it didn't happen, period.
What did happen was that Talking Bull (Nathan Phillips), a professional agitator and American Indian separatist, was given a
forum in which to spew nonsensical ideas. Here's a prime example: "I heard them [the students] saying 'build the
wall, build that wall,'" he said," as Vibe reported. "This is indigenous land. We're not supposed to have walls
here. Before anyone came here there were no walls...." (Actually, the Indians built plenty of walls, as old ruins attest.
American Activist Nathan Phillips Never Served in Vietnam, But Raised Money By Saying He Did. The Washington
Post has had to issue yet another retraction after falsely claiming that far-left Native American activist Nathan Phillips
served in the Vietnam War. He didn't — but this lie was previously used to help raise money for a
documentary about his life. On Monday [1/21/2019], the Washington Post quietly issued a correction to their story about
the activist, saying that while he served in the Marines, he was never deployed to Vietnam.
Shrine confirms report that Native American activist allegedly tried to disrupt Mass. Officials at the Basilica of the
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday [1/23/2019] confirmed earlier reports that a Native
American rights activist led several dozen people in an attempt to enter the shrine during a Saturday evening Mass. In a
statement to Fox News on Wednesday, basilica officials said a Mass was being celebrated at 7 p.m. when Nathan Phillips and
his group "attempted to enter the building while chanting and hitting drums."
American activist Nathan Phillips has violent criminal record and escaped from jail as teenager. Nathan
Phillips, the Native American activist who falsely accused Covington Catholic High School students of blocking him during a
confrontation he initiated, has a criminal record — including assault and escape from jail — and
appears to have misrepresented his military service. Phillips, 63, suggested high school junior Nick Sandmann, the
teenager at the center of the viral encounter after separate D.C. rallies, face expulsion for failing to "accept any
responsibility" or apologize to Phillips publicly. In his own teenage years and early 20s, Phillips, using his adoptive
name Nathaniel R. Stanard, was charged with escaping from prison, assault, and several alcohol-related crimes, according
to local news reports at the time from his hometown of Lincoln, Neb.
Phillips's Interview with CNN Is Full of Falsehoods, Inconsistencies, and Nonsense. As I wrote on the home page
today [1/22/2019], it's disturbing to see the left-wing hate that is still being directed at the Covington Catholic
students — days after the initial framing of the story was thoroughly debunked. Judging from the vitriolic
online responses to my piece, it's apparent that many folks on the left are basing their understanding of the incident by
still taking Nathan Phillips entirely at his word about the incident. They credit his good intentions. They
credit his good faith. And they credit his version of the story. This is a grave mistake.
Native American Activist Nathan Phillips Is a Poseur and Likely a Phony Vietnam War Veteran! On Friday, a
group of high school boys from Kentucky went to the Lincoln Memorial after attending the March For Life. While standing
at the memorial a Native American activist, Nathan Phillips, approached the boys and started harassing them. Phillips,
reportedly a Vietnam veteran, got up in one boy's face and started screaming and beating his drum inches from the
boy's face. Phillips also has a history of setting up similar incidents. According to one of the high school boys
who was present, a group of black men were taunting the Trump supporters, calling them "shooters" and "crackers" and said the
white kids "had everything given to them by their parents." According to a witness, it was at this point that a Native
American man showed up "out of nowhere" and began drumming in the high school kid's face.
Phillips Is Not A Vietnam War Veteran But Does He Have A Richard Blumenthal Problem? During his 2010 run for
the Senate, then Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal was revealed to have lied about serving in Vietnam.
Over the years, Blumenthal had made much of his service in Vietnam as a Marine but it was revealed that not only had
Blumenthal not served in Vietnam, his USMC service was limited to being a member of the Marine Corps Reserve which, along
with his college deferments, kept him out of Vietnam. Let me pause here of a moment. I don't have any huge
objection to men who grew up in the 1960s using the system to avoid being drafted any more than I object to people using an
accountant to minimize their tax liability. [...] Where my tolerance ends is when you say you served in combat. That
brings me to Nathan Phillips. Phillips is the guy who manufactured a controversy over the weekend (again).
Native Man Who Harassed Catholic Teens Protested at Trump Hotel in D.C., Among Other Leftist Activism. Nathan
Phillips, the Native American man at the center of a controversy involving Covington Catholic High School students, has a
history of left-wing and anti-Trump activism, and has been previously featured in the media for such activism. [...] The
media has portrayed Phillips as the victim of "racist" harassment by the young boys, but the narrative quickly fell apart
when a video emerged showing the full interaction between Phillips and Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann. It is
clear that Phillips and his gang approached the boys first.
Stolen Valor at its Finest.
Nathan Phillips likes to bang his drum and moan. He also likes to lie about his service in Vietnam.
Phillips Tried to Disrupt Catholic Mass by Chanting, Beating Drum. A group of Native American activists, led by
native elder Nathan Phillips, allegedly tried to enter a Catholic church in Washington, DC, on Saturday while chanting and
banging on their drums. Nathan Phillips, along with about twenty other activists, tried to disrupt a January 19th
evening Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, while chanting and banging on their drums,
according to the Catholic News Agency (CNA).
At D.C. Catholic Church Forced To LOCK Doors To Keep Nathan Phillips From Busting Into Mass With Drums On Eve Of
Confrontation With Boys. Today is not a good day for Native American bully Nathan Phillips. On Monday,
Phillips' story about being threatened by a group of teenage Catholic boys waiting for their school bus to pick them up and
take them home from the March for Life, fell apart after video evidence proved it was all a lie. Today [1/22/2019],
Phillip's story about being a U.S. Marine Recon Ranger fell apart today, when it was discovered that again, he lied.
Now, the Catholic News Agency is reporting that night, Phillips and his group of leftist agitators who confronted the group
of young Covington Catholic High School boys, were stopped by security at the Washington D.C Basilica of the National Shrine
of the Immaculate Conception and were stopped from entering and disrupting their evening mass.
Phillips' DD-214 Released — And It Shows He's Not Quite What He Claims. While many mainstream news
outlets have been pathologically fixed on researching everything having to do with Covington Catholic High School and The
Covington Kids, precious few (I'd wager none) have devoted any resources to researching anything regarding Nathan Phillips'
military service or anything else about him. On Monday Streiff reported that it was mathematically impossible that
Phillips served in the Vietnam war, but Phillips' DD-214 wasn't publicly available. Late Tuesday [1/22/2019], that
changed. Retired Navy SEAL Don Shipley shared Nathan Phillips' (a/k/a Nathan Stanard) DD-214, which he'd acquired
through a FOIA request.
American activist Nathan Phillips has a criminal record. Native American activist Nathan Phillips, whose
confrontation with a Kentucky high school student went viral last week, has a criminal record, including assault and escape
from prison, according to a report. The 64-year-old Omaha Nation elder was captured on video facing off against a group
of students from Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Kentucky, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. When
he was a teen and in his early 20s, Phillips was charged with escaping, assault and various alcohol-related crimes, according
to the Washington Examiner, which cited news reports from his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska.
the Gears. Students of ancient history may recall the victimization of Nicholas Sandmann by the Washington Post
and other organs of the mainstream media this past January. Working from their reports, social media amplified the
wrongs committed against Sandmann by the mainstream media. In due course Sandmann filed defamation lawsuits against the
Washington Post and others. Our own comments on the lawsuit against the Post focused on the constitutional protection
afforded defamation of public figures. As it turns out, (senior) Judge Bertelsman dismissed the lawsuit on other
Catholic High School students file lawsuits against dozens of public figures. Attorneys for the Covington
Catholic high school teens accused of harassing a Native-American protester on Capitol Hill back in January have filed a new
defamation lawsuit against several of their most well-known Twitter detractors. Democratic presidential hopeful
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman and CNN correspondent Ana
Navarro were among 12 defendants named in the new suit, which seeks a maximum payout of $600,000 ($50,000 per defendant).
Sandmann Was Denied the Justice He Deserves. A Jimmy Carter-appointed federal district court judge in Kentucky
on Friday dismissed Nicholas Sandmann's defamation lawsuit against the Washington Post. The Covington Catholic
High School student's two other suits against CNN and NBC remain active, however. Recall that Sandmann became Public
Enemy No. 1 after video surfaced of him perpetrating a heinous crime on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial the day after
the 2019 March for Life: standing while white and MAGA-hatted. Even worse, he appeared to smile as Nathan
Phillips, a Native American adult who approached Sandmann and his friends, loudly banged a drum in Sandmann's face.
Covington Catholic Teen Lost His First Court Battle, But Will Probably Win His Next. On Friday [7/26/2019], a
federal judge in Kentucky tossed Nicholas Sandmann's defamation case against the Washington Post. Sandmann, the
Covington Catholic student smeared by the Post and many other outlets earlier this year as a smirking, MAGA-hat-wearing
racist who had blocked Native American elder Nathan Phillips's path, promises an appeal. On appeal, Sandmann is likely
million Sandmann lawsuit against Washington Post dismissed by federal judge. The $250 million lawsuit filed by
Nick Sandmann against the Washington Post has been dismissed by a federal judge. William Bertelsman, who heard oral arguments
in the case earlier this month, issued the ruling Friday [7/26/2019]. Nick and his attorneys, Todd McMurtry and L. Lin
Wood, alleged that the gist of The Washington Post's first article conveyed that Nick had assaulted or physically intimidated Nathan
Phillips, engaged in racist conduct, and engaged in taunts. But, Bertelsman wrote, "this is not supported by the plain
language in the article, which states none of these things."
judge tosses March for Life attendee's $25M defamation lawsuit against Washington Post. A federal judge
dismissed Friday [7/26/2019] the $25 million defamation lawsuit filed against the Washington Post by Kentucky teen Nicholas
Sandmann over the newspaper's coverage of his viral encounter with an elderly Native American activist at the Lincoln
Memorial. Senior U.S. District Court Judge William O. Bertelsman found that activist Nathan Phillips may have been
wrong when he said he was "blocked" by the teen and not allowed to "retreat," but that such statements represented opinion
protected by the First Amendment. "And The Post is not liable for publishing these opinions, for the reasons discussed
in this Opinion," said the 36-page ruling.
Lawsuit: Eight-Day NBC Smear Job Worth $275M Judgement. Nicholas Sandmann, the victim of a coast-to-coast
Two Minutes Hate after a confrontation with a "Native American elder," filed a third defamation lawsuit this week, this time
against NBC Universal. Sandman, who sued the Washington Post in February and CNN in March, seeks $275 million from the
hard-left, anti-Trump network for myriad falsehoods it broadcast on television and published online about events at the Lincoln
Memorial on January 18. Like the other lawsuits, this one takes apart the news organization's scandalously biased
Catholic teen Nick Sandmann sues NBC for $275 million. Attorneys for Nicholas Sandmann filed a $275 million
lawsuit Wednesday against NBCUniversal over its coverage of the Kentucky teen, accusing the network of creating a "false
narrative" driven by its "anti-Trump agenda." The lawsuit, the third filed by the Sandmann attorneys against major media
outlets, alleged that NBC targeted the Covington Catholic High School student in its reporting on his Jan. 18 encounter with
Native American activist Nathan Phillips at the Lincoln Memorial. "NBCUniversal created a false narrative by portraying
the 'confrontation' as a 'hate crime' committed by Nicholas," said the complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern
District of Kentucky.
Post Trying To Dismiss Lawsuit From Nick Sandmann. In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, lawyers
for The Washington Post have filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit from the family of Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann,
who was smeared by the media as a racist after a clip of him standing silently while a Native American man beat a drum in his
face was shared online. [...] Covington Catholic and the Covington diocese eventually apologized to Sandmann and his fellow
students for rushing to judgment. Sandmann's attorney also plans to sue Phillips and has filed a $275 million lawsuit
against CNN for its biased coverage of the incident.
defends its Covington Catholic coverage after being hit with $275 million lawsuit. CNN is defending its
reporting after being sued by the Covington Catholic High School teen at the center of January's viral incident, insisting
that the network "reported on a newsworthy event" and was careful to "report on additional facts as they developed." In
its first public acknowledgment of the legal action, CNN posted a four-paragraph article on its website that said the network
was "reviewing the lawsuit," referring to student Nicholas Sandmann's defamation complaint filed March 12 seeking
$275 million for "false, vicious attacks."
Is Right: Sue the Mainstream Media Out of Existence. [Scroll down] And our concern shouldn't be
limited just to these cases: consider the reckless endangerment of the very lives and careers of the Covington Catholic
children by the mainstream media. Prominent celebrities with huge online followings called for the names, addresses,
and deaths of these young boys, based on the easily-disproven narrative that they shouted abuse and even smirked at a
defenseless Native-American "elder" and Vietnam War "veteran." How can a white male Christian American feel safe attending
political events in public — in this case, the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. — without
worrying about the mainstream media completely distorting their actions and directing a violent mob their way, howling for
their blood online and in real life?
family sue CNN for $275M in Covington Catholic controversy. A lawsuit worth $275 million was filed against CNN
on Tuesday [3/12/2019] over the network's alleged "vicious" attack against Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann.
The lawsuit, filed just after 3 p.m. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, claims that CNN "elevated false,
heinous accusations of racist conduct" against Sandmann and failed to adhere to "well-established journalistic standards and ethics."
Catholic Student Nicholas Sandmann's Lawyer: 'They Messed With the Wrong Kid'. Covington Catholic High School
student Nicholas Sandmann's legal team released a new video on Wednesday, amidst the preparation and filing of defamation
lawsuits against major media companies and others. Sandmann's legal team has been preparing defamation suit warning
letters to a long list of celebrities, individual journalists, media outlets, and several Catholic dioceses for the alleged
defamation of the teenager and his classmates involving a viral video from January.
Sandmann Attorney: We Will Sue CNN For More Than $250 Million. Not long after the national media used
Covington Catholic High School junior Nick Sandmann as the subject for Two Minute Hate and ritual dehumanization, the law
firm engaged by the Sandmann family filed a $250 million lawsuit against one of the leaders of the lynch mob, the Jeff Bezos
owned Washington Post.
teen moves ahead with $250M lawsuit against the Washington Post. The Washington Post published a curious
editor's note last week admitting it had made a series of bad mistakes in January when it falsely reported, based on
unreliable social media posts, that a group of Covington Catholic High School student had harassed a Native American
protester in the nation's capital. Not good enough, say the attorneys for Nick Sandmann, the Covington student who
was singled out more than any other during the height of the supposed scandal.
Covington's Nick Sandmann could win his longshot defamation claim against the Washington Post. Nicholas
Sandmann is one of the Covington High School students caught in a media firestorm while attending the March for Life last
month in Washington, D.C. Now, he is pushing back. This week, his lawyers filed a defamation lawsuit against the
Washington Post for $250 million dollars — the amount that Jeff Bezos spent to buy the newspaper. Does
Sandmann have any chance of winning? The short answer is "yes." But it's not a sure thing. He's taking on a
defendant with very deep pockets and absolutely no incentive to settle.
Sandmann Files $250 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against The Washington Post. The $250 million is divided into
one part compensatory damages and four parts punitive damages. If you're wondering what sort of profession a 16-year-old
might be eyeing such that he may conceivably incur $50 million in lost compensation from all this, you should understand that
that figure is symbolic: It's "the amount Jeff Bezos, the world's richest person, paid in cash for the Post when his company,
Nash Holdings, purchased the newspaper in 2013," per the complaint posted on Sandmann's lawyers' website, which you can read
in full [elsew]here.
Can Nick Sandmann
Save the First Amendment? Nick Sandmann is back in the news, literally with a vengeance. If there is
anyone in the galaxy who doesn't recognize the name, this is the high school teen viciously maligned by the media after a
leftwing activist with a film crew attempted to provoke a confrontation with him as he waited for a bus near the Lincoln
Memorial. Having committed the crimes of wearing a red MAGA cap and smiling, Sandmann was vilified by the media as a
smug beneficiary of "white privilege" who had bullied a Native American veteran. This turned out to be a lie, of
course. Consequently, Sandmann's parents are suing the Washington Post for $250 million pursuant to its participation
in a "modern-day form of McCarthyism" and enthusiastically joining "a mainstream and social media mob of bullies which
attacked, vilified, and threatened Nicholas Sandmann, an innocent secondary school child." The pretext for this outrage
was a deceptively edited video suggesting that Sandmann was the aggressor in the "confrontation" with alleged Vietnam veteran
Nathan Phillips. The full video revealed that the former was, in fact, the victim.
High student's legal team sues Washington Post. Attorneys representing the Kentucky high school student
involved in a confrontation that went viral on social media last month announced Tuesday that they were suing The Washington
Post for $250 million in compensatory and punitive damages. The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Kentucky,
accused The Post of practicing "a modern-day form of McCarthyism" by targeting Nicholas Sandmann and "using its vast
financial resources to enter the bully pulpit by publishing a series of false and defamatory print and online articles ...
to smear a young boy who was in its view an acceptable casualty in their war against the president."
Student's Attorney Lin Wood: We Have Two Years To File More Charges for Nick Sandmann. Lin Wood, the
high-profile attorney representing Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann, filed a $250 million lawsuit against the
Washington Post for defamation on Tuesday. The lawsuit claims that the paper "vilified" the student that was seen in a
viral video being confronted by far-left activist Nathan Phillips because of the fact that he is white.
Sandmann's Lawyers File Massive Lawsuit Against The Washington Post. Lawyers representing Covington Catholic
High School student Nick Sandmann filed a massive $250 million lawsuit against The Washington Post on Tuesday [2/19/2019] and warned,
"this is only the beginning." [...] The lawsuit accuses The Washington Post of targeting Sandmann "because he was the white, Catholic
student wearing a red 'Make America Great Again' souvenir cap on a school field trip to the January 18 March for Life in
Washington, D.C. when he was unexpectedly and suddenly confronted by Nathan Phillips ('Phillips'), a known Native American activist,
who beat a drum and sang loudly within inches of his face ('the January 18 incident')."
MAGA Hat Teen Sues Washington Post for $250 Million. Lawyers for Covington Catholic High School student
Nicholas Sandmann have filed a lawsuit against the Washington Post seeking $250 million in both compensatory and punitive
damages. [...] In a statement on their website, attorneys L. Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry said they "will continue to bring
wrongdoers before the court to seek damages in compensation for the harm so many have done to the Sandmann family. This
is only the beginning."
Trump Cheers on Covington Student Suing Washington Post. President Donald Trump on Wednesday supported
Covington High School student Nick Sandmann and his lawyers for suing the Washington Post. "Go get them, Nick,"
Trump wrote on Twitter. "Fake News!" Trump quoted the lawsuit which said the Post "ignored basic
journalistic standards because it wanted to advance its well-known and easily documented biased agenda against President
Donald J. Trump." The lawsuit is seeking $250 million in damages, accusing the Post of targeting and bullying
Sandmann and his peers for wearing a Trump campaign Make America Great Again hats during a school trip for the March for Life.
the Washington Post has got to be worried about the quarter billion-dollar defamation lawsuit. Jeff Bezos, the
richest person in the world and owner of the Washington Post, is about to encounter Kentucky justice, and I suspect he is not
going to be happy with it. The parents of Nick Sandmann chose well in hiring renowned lawyer L. Lin Wood, who won
over $5 million from NBC over its coverage of Richard Jewell during the Olympic Park bombing incident. Wood and
associated counsel launched a lawsuit in federal court in Covington, Kentucky (the Eastern District of Kentucky, Northern
Division). According to the Diocese of Covington, 18% of the area's population is Catholic. The Eastern District
Court of Kentucky is within the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is based in Cincinnati, generally regarded as the most
conservative major metropolitan area in the United States.
Sandmann's lawyer confirms drum-beating Nathan Phillips 'will be sued' over viral incident. Native American
activist Nathan Phillips will be held to account for the "lies and false accusations" he made about Covington High School
student Nick Sandmann, the 16-year-old boy who found himself at the center of major controversy for doing little more than
smiling. That's according to Lin Wood, an Atlanta-based lawyer representing Sandmann and his parents, who told
LifeSiteNews that Phillips "will be sued" for his "well documented" actions against the MAGA hat-wearing high school student
and his classmates.
Biggest Threat To Press Freedom Is The Media Itself. While the outrage over the Covington high school kids in
MAGA hats may have blown over online, the story is far from over. [...] On Monday [2/4/2019], Sandmann's legal team told the
Cincinnati Enquirer that more than 50 letters had been sent to various organizations and people that are likely to
precede defamation and libel lawsuits. [...] Further, the people wronged by the media in the Covington case were not public
figures who have to clear a high legal bar of proving actual malice. They were, in fact, children. [...] Further,
16-year-old Sandmann doesn't begin to meet any reasonable definition of a "public figure," so the basic protection against
libel and defamation that so many in the media bank on doesn't apply here.
Catholic Teen's Lawyer: Hundreds in Media Will 'Pay a High Price' for Defamation. One of the attorneys
representing Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann and his family says he's confident that the media
entities that smeared the 16-year-old boy will eventually be brought to justice in a Covington, Ky., courtroom. "We
clearly think that we're going to be able to get these issues in front of a jury, and frankly, that jury is most likely to be
here in Covington Kentucky," said Sandmann family attorney Todd McMurtry Thursday. He added, "And this whole community
knows what happened." McMurtry spoke with Fox News Radio's Todd Starnes by phone, saying he and co-counsel L. Lin
Wood will be taking "pretty strenuous legal action" against potentially hundreds of media entities to make right some
of the wrongs that have forced the family into hiding and damaged the boy's reputation.
Covington Catholic teen sues 54 news outlets, lawmakers and
celebrities. Last month's incident involving the boys from Kentucky's Covington Catholic High School at the
Lincoln Memorial may be over — but the legal battle has just begun. Attorneys for Covington junior Nick
Sandmann made a splash this week when they sent letters to 54 news outlets, lawmakers, celebrities, media figures and
Catholic institutions asking them to preserve information related to the episode and warning of a possible lawsuit.
"There was a rush by the media to believe what it wanted to believe versus what actually happened," attorney Todd McMurtry
told The Cincinnati Enquirer.
of Journalists About to be Sued Over Their Libelous Covington Coverage. Dozens of prominent journalists are on
their way to being sued for defamation according to Fox News. On FNC's America's Newsroom Tuesday [2/5/2019],
Doug McKelway reported that these journalists from just about every liberal outlet imaginable, are receiving preservation
letters from Covington student Nick Sandmann's lawyer. The letters order them to not destroy any reports or
correspondences related to their coverage of the incident which smeared the teens as racists.
in 15 minutes. The family of Nick Sandmann has retained the services of attorney Lin Wood to rectify the damage
done to the young Mr. Sandmann's reputation following flawed reports of the encounter with Nathan Phillips at the
Lincoln Memorial last month. Among those who falsely disparaged the young Mr. Sandmann is Minnesota's own Fifth
District Rep. Ilhan Omar, though you would never know it if you get your news from the Star Tribune.
Student Nick Sandmann's Lawyers Send Preservation Letters to Media, Celebrities. Lawyers for Covington Catholic
High School student Nick Sandmann and his family have sent preservation letters to media and celebrities. These letters
hint at possible libel and defamation lawsuits due to the treatment Sandmann received from these entities after a short video
went viral of him on the Lincoln Memorial with Native Americans.
for Nick Sandmann Send Over 50 Letters to Media Organizations, Celebrities: 'They Know They Crossed the Line'.
The attorneys that are representing the Covington Catholic High School student who went viral after engaging in a
confrontation with a Native American have sent over 50 letters to media outlets, Catholic organizations, celebrities
and individuals to begin the first steps to possible libel and defamation lawsuits.
Nick Sandmann's lawyers
are preparing mass of libel, defamation lawsuits. Here's who they're targeting.. Just two weeks ago, Nick
Sandmann's face was plastered across every corner of the internet after the mainstream media portrayed him as the face of a
hateful group of entitled Catholic high school students who mocked a Native American man. As it turned out, the media
had jumped to conclusions, resulting in countless apologies, retractions, and even many who did not relent, still somehow
managing to blame the teenagers for causing a scene at the Lincoln Monument on the same day as this year's March for Life.
Since then, Sandmann's lawyers have been working overtime to ensure he and his family receive justice for being widely defamed.
Sue the Bastards!
Liberals, mostly but not exclusively — i.e., the Associated Press — on Twitter, have lied about the
trivial encounter between a group of aggressive left-wing activists and some kids from Covington Catholic high school who
attended the March For Life. The misrepresentation was one of the more egregious incidents of media lies that we have
seen in recent years, as I wrote [elsew]here. So, what has happened since? The Associated Press has refused to
correct its lies. Liberals have threatened the families of the kids from Covington Catholic with death. Liberals
have written to colleges, urging them to reject any applications from Covington Catholic students. Liberals have
explicitly urged that the lives of the kids who innocently attended the March For Life be destroyed. Twitter has had no
problem with tweets calling for violence, as long as the violence is directed against conservative teenagers. Where do
you go when the whole world seems to be against you? You hire a lawyer. Which is what some of the Covington kids'
families reportedly have done.
Robert Barnes Gives Covington Smear Merchants 48 Hours to Retract Libel and Slander. Attorney Robert Barnes
explains to 'Fox & Friends' that any 'false statements' made about the students needs to be retracted and corrected within 48 hours
or the subjects who targeted the Covington High School students will face lawsuits. Mr. Barnes explains the specific laws
that apply to minors; the process for libel damages under the current circumstances; and further outlines he is providing his legal
services free of charge in order to stop malicious smears.
for Covington Catholic HS Families Threatens Lawsuits Against Media Unless They Retract False Stories. Thanks to the sloppy,
one-sided reporting of the malicious, agenda-driven media, a group of Catholic high school teenagers and their families have become the
subjects of threats and harassment from a hateful online outrage mob. Their only sins: Being white, Catholic, and supporters
of the president. The full story has emerged in the wake of the fake news blitzkrieg over the weekend, and the media outlets that
spread defamatory smears against the kids are now being warned to correct and retract their stories or face a lawsuit. Contrary to
the media's malicious narrative, the kids were not racist rednecks mobbing a Native American elder with hateful slurs. It was quite
For Covington Kids Threatens To Sue NYT For 'Obvious Libel'; People Line Up To Help. The blowback from the
egregiously irresponsible reporting of most mainstream media outlets about the context-less viral video of the boys from
Kentucky's Covington Catholic High School "harassing" and "threatening" a Native American protester could include some legal
headaches for some of the reporters and outlets. In a tweet that's made headlines, Robert Barnes, a trial lawyer based
in Los Angeles, issued an unequivocal warning to the New York Times' Maggie Haberman about her report on the Covington
kids: "I will represent the kids for free if they want to sue @maggieNYT for obvious libel."
of and threats to Covington Kids will face Kentucky justice. The ongoing campaign of hate against children from Kentucky guilty of
being Catholic, being (mostly) white, and wearing MAGA caps will not end until there are legal consequences. Fortunately, the wheels of
justice already are turning in Kentucky, albeit at a pace that is frustrating to those who operate at internet speed. But the prospect of
Kentuckian jurors judging those who libel or threaten their children is delightful. There are two separate avenues available, and both are
being explored by people ready and willing to act.
Family Hires Famed Libel Lawyer. Famed libel attorney Lin Wood announced Thursday [1/24/2019] that he would be
representing Nick Sandmann, the Covington Catholic High School junior currently at the center of a media firestorm.
Wood [...] has made a name for himself taking on media on behalf of those who believe they have been unfairly characterized.
Sandmann's Family Makes Major Move Against Media After Being Smeared. The family of 16-year-old Covington
Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann has hired a high-powered lawyer who specializes in going after media organizations for
libel and slander. [...] The family made the announcement in a statement released by the Hemmer DeFrank Wessels law firm,
The Enquirer reported.
The Covington Kids Have A Case. [Scroll down] The first question is who do you sue? Nathan
Phillips? I'm guessing he's not a particularly deep pocket. Plus, he's just another fringie activist guy.
People are annoyed with him now; you sue him and you look like you are picking on a sad old man. Sue Twitter, for
letting those poisonous lies proliferate? That's challenging, for several reasons. But while it is awful in many
situations, here its role was mostly as a forum. A forum for garbage, but a forum nonetheless. Yeah, the
hypocrisy of allowing liberal blue checks to spread their murder fantasies unimpeded while banning conservatives for
innocuous comments is galling, that's not the real issue here. The real issue is the whipping up of a bloodthirsty
frenzy against these kids based on what people knew were lies.
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