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Media Narrative of “Catholic MAGA high schoolers mob Native American elder” doesn’t hold up to video scrutiny

Media Narrative of “Catholic MAGA high schoolers mob Native American elder” doesn’t hold up to video scrutiny

Twitter mob launched against teens by celebrities encouraging doxing and assault against minors

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 initial reports.

Media Frenzy

As first released, the video did look damning, and the leftstream media was in hog heaven berating the young men involved.  They did so largely as a vehicle for condemning President Trump, the right, pro-life people, and Catholics—many of the left’s boogeymen, in other words, so they had a lot at stake in this narrative and apparently didn’t bother to find out the whole story before running with it.

The New York Times:  “Viral Video Shows Boys in ‘Make America Great Again’ Hats Surround Native Elder”

CNN:  “Teens in Make America Great Again hats taunted a Native American elder at the Lincoln Memorial”

The Washington Post: “‘It was getting ugly’: Native American drummer speaks on the MAGA-hat-wearing teens who surrounded him”

Variety:  “MAGA Hat-Wearing Teens Harassing Native American Elder Spark Condemnation From Hollywood”

The list goes on.  And on. But you get the picture, these are teens who support Trump by wearing MAGA hats, so they must be bad and ill-intentioned, they must be evil.

This led to high profile celebrities encouraging retaliation against the teens:

First the Fury, Then the Facts

And yet.

The full story has given a lot of people on the left and right pause.  Maybe these kids weren’t the bullies but were, instead, the pawns of activist bullies attempting to leverage them into the role of political pawns.  Pawns played by the left to undermine not only President Trump but every right-leaning conservative person in the country.

If this hateful display against a Native American is conservatism, we—and they—know, we don’t support it.  Don’t kid yourselves, the progressives in power, the elite, know we are not racists or xenophobes or pretty much anything else they accuse us of being.  They just play that hard for their increasingly under-educated base in order to win elections.  Democrats count on widespread ignorance, and the dumber the citizenry, the better.

Ultimately, we are not racists, nor are we disrespectful or given to unruly, unlawful, and immoral displays.  Because of this, the video didn’t strike the authentic chord with me.  Something didn’t add up here, and I just didn’t buy it.

Sure enough, after the internet blew up and the news media hammered these boys, the truth finally emerged.

Video Analysis

One of the best articles thus far about the incident was written by Rod Dreher for The American Conservative.  Dreher is Irish and explains how he experienced this story from abroad.

Good morning from Dublin. It is really interesting to observe US public controversies from outside the American bubble. I am startled by the massive controversy that has erupted over the Covington (KY) Catholic school boys and the Native American man, Nathan Phillips, in the aftermath of the March For Life. Several video clips of the confrontation between an elder of the Omaha tribe and a large group of Catholic high school boys wearing MAGA hats have gone viral.

A selected part of the clip shows boys jumping and hooting and acting in a somewhat intimidating way towards the older man, as if to mock him. Some people interpret the boy standing in front of the man, the kid with a rictus grin, as sneering at the old man. Others say that you can’t assume that was a sneer; maybe the kid just didn’t know what to do.

In any case, the Catholic school has apologized for its students’ action, and the mayor of their hometown has denounced them. The boys were in town for the March For Life. The video is being widely cited as an example of the Trumpification of Christianity, and connected to the Karen Pence school controversy as yet another example of why conservative Christianity is an evil that must be driven from the precincts of the decent.

It is possible that the Catholic boys were complete asses. My initial judgment was that they certainly were that. You don’t treat a peaceful elderly person like this. Even if they thought he was wrong, those boys owed him respect. Yes, the old man approached them, but they could and should have handled him with respect. They come off as bullies.

Indeed, the boys do come off as bullies in the initial clip, but when more context is added by subsequent video clips, it’s hard to retain that stance.

Dreher continues:

And, in it, one of the Indians with Phillips shouts: “White people, go back to Europe. This is not your land.” He curses the students with f-bombs (video is NSFW). He goes on: “You’re being a white man about it. That’s all you know how to do.”

You didn’t see that in the news reporting, did you?

Then, at the 4:40 mark, members of an insane black radical cult called the Black Hebrews (I remember them from my DC days) starts ranting at the boys about whites and sodomy, and says that “your president is a homosexual.” He makes fun of Christian civilization, saying: “You give faggots rights!”

Here’s the video with greater context:

It’s worth noting, as Dreher does, that this same Native American elder was involved in a prior incident of supposed “disrespect” toward Native Americans from white youths.

Here’s something else: in 2015, this same Native American elder, Phillips, confronted college students wearing Indian garb at a college party, and claimed he was treated disrespectfully by them. So he said; no video exists. It appears that he was looking for a confrontation of some sort. If those college boys behaved that way, it was indeed wrong, and offensive. But Nathan Philips seems like a man who seeks out these opportunities for confrontation, and then to go to the media with them. Notice in the clip that went viral, Philips had a man with a camera following him as he approached the MAGA boys.

Ultimately, it appears that Phillips has found a strategy of attacking the young and impressionable that works for him.  His manipulations would not work on adults, so he focuses on our children, attempting to paint them and us all—by extension—as racist xenophobes.

Trump’s presidency didn’t start Phillips’ malicious actions, but Phillips was happy to see MAGA hat-wearing youths so that he could bait and trap them, and by extension, the president and all of his deplorables.  The problem for Phillips is that we do have the full video and can draw our own conclusions.

The anti-Trump media, of course, ties the edited actions of these people to President Trump. After all, goes the theory, anyone wearing a MAGA hat is a defacto Trump supporter and Nazi . . .  or whatever their Trump-addled fevered imaginations imagine.

Conservatives tend toward the moral and principled path, but I wonder if we are too quick to judge and condemn our own to signal our virtue and principle. These boys were subjected to the most vile hate, bullying, and abuse, and it appears that evoking a response that would damn the current target—white males—was the only goal.

These kids were surrounded by Black Panthers and Native Americans chanting about how they are the evil that stalks the earth.  It’s really pretty horrifying, but the left will go to every length, including traumatizing and destroying the future of the dreaded white male.

Reason reports:

But the rest of the video—nearly two hours of additional footage showing what happened before and after the encounter—adds important context that strongly contradicts the media’s narrative.

Far from engaging in racially motivated harassment, the group of mostly white, MAGA-hat-wearing male teenagers remained relatively calm and restrained despite being subjected to incessant racist, homophobic, and bigoted verbal abuse by members of the bizarre religious sect Black Hebrew Israelites, who were lurking nearby. The BHI has existed since the late 19th century, and is best describes as a black nationalist cult movement; its members believe they are descendants of the ancient Israelites, and often express condemnation of white people, Christians, and gays. DC-area Black Hebrews are known to spout particularly vile bigotry.

Phillips put himself between the teens and the black nationalists, chanting and drumming as he marched straight into the middle of the group of young people. What followed was several minutes of confusion: The teens couldn’t quite decide whether Phillips was on their side or not, but tentatively joined in his chanting. It’s not at all clear this was intended as an act of mockery rather than solidarity.

One student did not get out of Phillips way as he marched, and gave the man a hard stare and a smile that many have described as creepy. This moment received the most media coverage: The teen has been called the product of a “hate factory” and likened to a school shooter, segregation-era racist, and member of the Klu Klux Klan. I have no idea what he was thinking, but portraying this as an example of obvious, racially-motivated hate is a stretch. Maybe he simply had no idea why this man was drumming in his face, and couldn’t quite figure out the best response? It bears repeating that Phillips approached him, not the other way around.

And that’s all there is to it. Phillips walked away after several minutes, the Black Hebrew Israelites continued to insult the crowd, and nothing else happened.

Ultimately, the left loses when they push #FakeNews like this . . . they just don’t know it yet.

Regrets, Some People Have a Few

Watching the full videos, I see remarkably restrained young men attempting to rise above a challenge far beyond their years and ability to comprehend.  And I see small, petty identity peddlers preying on the young, feeding on them like leeches, and I am appalled.


(by WAJ)

Even the NY Times, which helped feed the false narrative, is backtracking, admitting that a “fuller picture” emerges from additional video:

A fuller and more complicated picture emerged on Sunday of the videotaped encounter between a Native American man and a throng of high school boys wearing “Make America Great Again” gear outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

Interviews and additional video footage suggest that an explosive convergence of race, religion and ideological beliefs — against a national backdrop of political tension — set the stage for the viral moment. Early video excerpts from the encounter obscured the larger context, inflaming outrage.


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As I just said yesterday.

I have a rule of thumb.

Whenever the media presents a clip that is only a few seconds long but accompanied by a huge story about how horribly somebody has behaved (usually Trump supporters or cops), they are:

1) Lying
2) KNOW that the full clip shows their target in a favorable light

I called it yesterday that this was bullshit. Even from the short clip the kid’s entire demeanor was, “Who is this idiot in my face?”. Everything about it pointed to drum douchebag as the aggressor, and I was 100% correct.

    CorkyAgain in reply to Olinser. | January 20, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    The fact that this happened at a demonstration is another tell.

    It’s the classic strategy of radicals everywhere: seeking to provoke a reaction they can use to smear the other side.

    The Catholic boys’ ability to resist the provocation is admirable.

    5 4 fighting in reply to Olinser. | January 21, 2019 at 10:03 am

    I literally remembered your words and waited. Sure enough two hours later the truth emerges. I hope your kids (if any) listen to you. The hate from the left is so knee jerk and all it takes is a MAGA hat. Who would have thought that!

    snopercod in reply to Olinser. | January 21, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Rodney King comes to mind.

The media always lies

    RedEchos in reply to gonzotx. | January 21, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Doesn’t matter. Just like “I can see Russia from my house”, “Mission Accomplished”, or “Hands up don’t shoot”, it will live forever in the minds of the ignorant that believe. Because we already know they think it’s more important to believe the right things than it is to be factually correct.

    RedEchos in reply to gonzotx. | January 21, 2019 at 1:06 am

    Didn’t read far enough. TheOldZombie has it all down below.

The American Media has devolved from producing #FakeNews to promoting #ToxicNews.

JusticeDelivered | January 20, 2019 at 10:20 pm

“this same Native American elder, Phillips, confronted college students wearing Indian garb at a college party, and claimed he was treated disrespectfully by them.”

He is operating from CAIR’s playbook. It sounds to me like he deserves to be disrespected on a grand scale.

The news is fake. It’s always fake. Why anyone with an IQ above 50 hasn’t figured this out is beyond me.

This country is, I’m afraid, going to end up breaking into violence if not outright civil war based on political lines.

When the media continuously spreads falsehoods and gets caught everyone gets angry and there is no outlet for that anger. The left is angry because they think a great injustice has been done and these kids are racists. The right is angry because now that the full video is out there the left refuses to come to it’s senses and admit that it was wrong.

I saw this quote from one of the posters from the Reason piece and I think it’s worth re-posting here:

Toranth – “The Leftist activists and their friendly media that framed these students and manufactured a narrative out of this performance will never apologize and never admit they were wrong.

Like “I can see Russia from my house”, “Mission Accomplished”, or “Hands up don’t shoot”, it will live forever in the minds of the ignorant that believe. Because we already know they think it’s more important to believe the right things than it is to be factually correct.”

Now even with the truth out there there are people on the left trying to doxx all the kids in the video. There are threats of physical violence especially against the one kid. Some are hunting down the parents and trying to get them fired from their jobs. I even saw one tweet directed at a college to try and prevent the one kid from going to college.

One day the people on the left are going to hit that point where everyone else says, “okay that’s enough…..lets fight” and what will the left to do then? They better be ready for some real violence.

And that scares me. I don’t want my kids to see that version of America because unlike our first Civil War which was rather controlled and civil (as wars go) most civil wars as we’ve all seen are brutal nasty things. I can think of no other civil war fought anywhere in history that was like the American Civil War and I seriously doubt a 2nd American civil war will be like the first either. It will be bloody carnage.

    ecreegan in reply to TheOldZombie. | January 20, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Of course a second american civil war wouldn’t be as clean(*) as the first. Lincoln’s second inaugural address included, “Both [sides in the civil war] read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes his aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces; but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered—that of neither has been answered fully.” If there were a second civil war, would there be as much binding the two sides together.

    The true miracle of the American civil war was that it *ended*. When the South ran out of armies, and its remaining men had been paroled, it accepted defeat. The North hanged two men for war crimes, barred a number of others from political office, insisted on a full political victory — and left it at that. Many Southerners [what became the KKK] later engaged in terrorism to overturn some of those political victories, but even they accepted loss of the war and didn’t seek to leave the United States again.

    This may sound like low standards to peacetime ears, but even a cursory knowledge of other civil wars tells me that our country got off very lightly for a civil war (which didn’t become a successful revolution) which became serious enough to have full-fledged armies in the field.

    healthguyfsu in reply to TheOldZombie. | January 21, 2019 at 9:39 am

    There’s a bigger problem with a 2nd civil war. The country was fairly neatly divided along geopolitical lines setting up the first one. We are all enmeshed with each other now. That’s why a 2nd civil war can’t be fought with weapons….because it would be the most gruesome, barbaric thing anyone has ever seen.

This is what we get with social media. There are no checks and balances it is just raw and there is no way to decide whether or not it is true. What is extremely disturbing is to see that “Journalist” run with it too with no verifying and instead of reporting on it, they editorialize it even further with their left wing BS. Why do people stay on FB and twitter?

    What was far more disturbing, was the pile-on by those in the Right-leaning media.

    Most of the usual #neverTrumpers in their usual “Tut-Tut Club” confines were the first in line to bash these boys, but their hatred is confined to anyone who doesn’t hate Trump as much as they do. (Have yet to see George Will apologize. NRO took down their original hitpiece and replaced it with one that still kinda sorta blames the boys a bit)

    What is un-excusable is that there were those on the usually sane Right who bought the “highly edited” footage, hook line, and sinker

    Like the Buzzfeed thingy, I have long used the 24-48 hour buffer before even reading about such things in any detail.

    Anymore, it doesn’t even take 24 hours to be debunked, but the damage is still done

      Barry in reply to murkyv. | January 21, 2019 at 1:04 am

      “What was far more disturbing, was the pile-on by those in the Right-leaning media.”

      The “Right-leaning media” is a full circle and aligned with the left in almost every way. Notice they’ll give plenty of deference to a story harmful to the left but almost never to the right.

      They’re just part of the uni-party, con branch.

        rdm in reply to Barry. | January 21, 2019 at 7:11 am

        Didn’t mean to,down vote you but the reply and thumbs down are too close for my fat fingers.

        If they are ‘right leaning’ it’s only because their feet are firmly planted in the left side of the Venn diagram and they are leaning their upper body right to try to appear to belong over there rather than where their feet are set,

          Valerie in reply to rdm. | January 21, 2019 at 9:20 am

          I woke up to this mess yesterday at The_Donald at Reddit, where the full video and the lying Nathan Phillips various escapades in street theater had already been documented. So, that particular committee of correspondence at least had people willing and able to dig.

    gospace in reply to inspectorudy. | January 21, 2019 at 1:53 am

    What created the hate was edited video shown and trumpeted by the Mainstream Media to foment hate. What showed the full story was the raw unedited video. What social media does is allow the full story to get out. This is not the first case of this. Remember Saint Trayvon?

    Remember- it was guys in their basements wearing pajamas who showed that paragon of media virtue Dan Rather to be an out and out liar. Social media. To this day I don’t believe I’ve ever read and MSM outlet that’s said outright- Dan Rather was wrong in what he did. I think they’re still sold on “Fake but Accurate!”

‘Media narrative doesn’t hold up…’

What else is new?

On the other hand, it does ‘hold up’ for the ignoramuses of the Pelosi/Bigot Tlaib/Al Sharpton/Gidget Cortez base – democrat media is all they watch.

Where is Willard The Rat Romney when you need him? In fact, where is McConnell? – Not even Gidget could find The Turtle.

Freshmen Dem Reps Go Looking For McConnell:

    She couldn’t find a city with a GPS.

    Seriously the full video is COMEDY at how dumb and incompetent that group is.

    They go over to the Senate building with ZERO preparation, have no idea where they’re going, FINALLY find McConnell’s office, and are informed he’s probably in his OTHER office…. and have no idea where that is either, so they start bullshitting about how he’s ‘hiding’ from them.

Do we know this was not a set up? It sure feels like one. I wonder if any journalists checked to see WHY their bus was an hour late.

I would be willing to be that they were targeted. It would be really interesting to know why the bus was so late.

    Olinser in reply to elle. | January 21, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Let’s not go full tinfoil hat, now.

    The simplest explanation is they misjudged the traffic from the hundreds of thousands of people attending the march. Football games are less than 100k and they still clog traffic for hours.

      elle in reply to Olinser. | January 21, 2019 at 6:34 am

      okay, that is fair. Since there were hundreds of thousands at the rally, you make a good point about the bus.

      However, it still seems odd how instantly everything fell into place for this to become an overnight sensation. Lots of moving parts in having the bullies on sight, editing the video and the massive (and instant) press coverage. It can happen, like people winning the lottery every week, but the skids sure seem to have a lot of grease on them.

      Now Antifa and some native Americans are ready to protest at the school, despite the fact that it’s a proven farce. Which furthers my suspicions that this appears more like a planned roll out than it does spontaneous combustion.

      Let me ask you, how much news did you hear about the hundreds of thousands at the rally or of Pence appearing? And how much news did you hear about this? What is it they say about covering the news with a pillow?

From the NYT: “A fuller and more complicated picture emerged…”

Translation: “We f-ed up, but Hell will freeze over before we admit it. We will always find a way to implicate the Deplorables to protect our precious Narrative.”

    Its not particularly complicated. The Indian approached the kids and started harassing them.

    Whats made this “complicated” is the fact the media got caught out peddling fake news and lies and living up their name as the enemy of the people!

I am tired of American Indians usurping the phrase Native American. I am a Native American. I was born as a citizen of the USA. My parents were. My grandparents were. My great grandparents were. Part of my mother’s family predates the American revolution.

I assume Nathan Phillips considers himself as a citizen of his tribe, not America.

Thoughts on a national anti-doxxing law? The transmission of another’s personal identifying information for the purpose of harrassment, causing fear, inciting vandalism or personal harm?

Remember the media outrage when this footage was taken at Kavanaugh protests?

Yeah, me neither. The double standard is nothing new but the blatant lying for effect is relatively new. Sadly I’ll say it again, modern leftist media is the enemy of the people.

I think it’s clear now that Phillips and his fellow Native American group members saw the kids with the MAGA hats and intentionally went to them in order to provoke a reaction. Than of course they would put that out into the media.

I’ve seen more video and it is a flat out lie that those kids surrounded Phillips or were preventing him from going anywhere. The video I saw clearly shows Phillips turn towards the kids and walk to them and than start moving through them while there were other open ways to walk.

This was a trap but thanks to cameras we now know it was a trap.

The Diocese of Cincinnati suggested that the students could be looking at expulsion for their hateful, racist behavior. I am looking forward to the craven coward of a Bishop for believing the mob before facts were clear. Does child abandonment count as a form of abuse? Then those young men were abused.

I will concede that the chaperones erred in judgement. They should have found hats which would not provoke idiots. MAGA hats attract the wrong kind of attention.

    Milwaukee in reply to Milwaukee. | January 21, 2019 at 2:30 am

    Really, dude. It wasn’t Cincinnati, but the Diocese of Covington. Sorry about the error. However, Bishops are Bishops. My Bishop made an outrageous statement about fake news after the picture of the little girl being separated from her mother. Of course that picture, later on the cover of Time, was false and the photographer knew it. Law enforcement always searches people before taking them into custody. The mother was being taken into custody. The daughter was to stand for a quick search of her mom, who, when the search was completed, picked her daughter up again. So much fake news.

    So you are saying that idiots like that should get a heckler’s veto on what political ideas are allowed to be expressed? What an ‘awesome’ lesson to teach kids.

OnTheLeftCoast | January 21, 2019 at 2:41 am

Nathan Phillips is reportedly 64 years old. That would make him born in 1954 or early ’55. He is reportedly a Vietnam veteran (USMC.) While he has been… misleading about events in DC, it might be true. He would not have been sent to Vietnam as a draftee, though He wouldn’t have been eligible for the draft until he turned 19 in 1973, and the draft was over by then.

But unless someone knows something I don’t (always possible,) rumblings of “stolen valor” are almost certainly premature and may be false.

If Phillips volunteered for the Marines once he turned 18 (or in 1971 with parental permission?) he might well have served in Vietnam. The last USMC personnel (aviation) were out of Vietnam by October of ’73 though Marine ground troops were withdrawn sooner. Also, Marines were back in Vietnam and Cambodia for the evacuation of the U.S. Embassies in Saigon and Phnom Penh when Saigon fell in 1975.

We should give Phillips the benefit of the doubt on this unless facts emerge to refute his claim.

    When things are that close I definitely wouldn’t go that far without some kind of documentation. He could have turned 64 at the end of January last year, for instance, and be getting ready to turn 65 in the next month.

    He could have volunteered at younger age, and there’s the possibility (unlikely given it was Vietnam, but possible) that he lied about his age and joined even earlier.

    Either way is possible so it’s better to make inquiries of the military and wait for evidence.

      txvet2 in reply to Olinser. | January 21, 2019 at 12:47 pm

      The simplest explanation is that he’s a liar, either about his age or his “service”. The fact that he’s also a professional leftist agitator supports the assumption that he’s a liar.

Paul In Sweden | January 21, 2019 at 2:53 am

Radical Indians Go On War Path against Catholic boys – FAKE NEWS MSM calls for scalps.

Large Group of Catholic boys assembled at Lincoln Memorial spend spare time doing School cheers which is interrupted when well known Indian activist and War Party plow their way into the center of the school assembly and beat drum an inch away from the face of students.

What would be the reaction of a protective Democrat parent if a group of adult activists did this in any other context? What gives that man the right to go with a group of men to intimidate school kids?

Imagine going around in public places with a group of men and pushing into the center of some random group of school kids and singing loud Christmas Carols without regard of personal space.

For a more complete video to give context to the entire milieu, see:

Philips and his followers appear around 1:12:20, but it is instructive to start earlier to see the hectoring leveled at this assembly of kids.

Don’t all Native Americans go around banging drums in people’s faces?

    tom_swift in reply to Jackie. | January 21, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Well, to be fair, they no longer go around attacking casual passers-by and torturing them to death. That traditional aboriginal custom finally went out of fashion a couple of years before World War 1, and I’m not hearing even the most rabid weirdos musing about a revival. Nevertheless, Indian tortures (they were never called “Native American tortures” back when they were a daily menace) remain a world-renowned chapter of Americana.

    Not when the customers are planted in front of the slot machines.

Christopher B | January 21, 2019 at 7:01 am

It’s painful to read conservative sites still claiming the original interpretation of the man banging the drum in the boy’s face was correct. It was 100% fake as the first comment points out.

Also, the homophobic hecklers were not Black Panthers but a bizzare black supremacist group called the Black Hebrew Israelites that apoarently claims to be the true descendents of the original Hebrew nation.

    I used to live in the DC area. This story is about nothing other than the Usual Demonstrators deliberately picking on high school students. The only thing missing from this story was the puppets.

    There are people that show up in DC regularly to demonstrate. It’s their method of socialization. It’s a motley collection of very small numbers of weirdos that group together in order to swell the total numbers and make better photographs. The Mall would have been a zoo that day.

    These kids have been doxxed for failing to take the bait.

Apparently, this wouldn’t be a story at all if he was just a white veteran or no veteran at all. Why does any jerk deserve some special consideration just because he’s Indian? If this guy had any self-awareness he’d spend his fury on the politicians who have destroyed Indian tribes all over America. Many live in reservation ghettos, crime is rampant, only a few are employed, rape is common and the crime rate is through the roof. Trump had nothing to do with those conditions.

“”For his part, Phillips told The Associated Press Sunday that he was trying to keep the peace between the students and members of the group who were heckling them. He also insisted that the students were making disparaging remarks about Native Americans.

“They were making remarks to each other … (such as) ‘In my state those Indians are nothing but a bunch of drunks.’ How do I report that?” he said. “These young people were just roughshodding through our space, like what’s been going on for 500 years here — just walking through our territories, feeling like ‘this is ours.””‘

That Lying Sack of Excrement. I am from that area, I was born in Old Booth Hospital in Covington. There are no enclaves of indigenous Indians anywhere around there. You wouldn’t know who was an Indian, and who was not, if you lived next door to them.

I am part blackfoot and I can tell you that never in my life has anyone ever know unless I told them, nor did anyone ever guess…

All this anger and lying is straight from the devil. They’re playing right into his hands. They are lost. I pray they give their hearts to Jesus Christ our LORD and be saved. That’s the only way to change hearts and stop the evil.
John 3:16

“His manipulations would not work on adults, so he focuses on our children, attempting to paint them and us all—by extension—as racist xenophobes.”

I disagree with this. I think those “children” handled being taunted for over an hour very well. I would defy most adults to handle it better.

    He picked the wrong kids. They likely chose them because they were rowdy and doing cheers (per reports). They did not get the response they wanted and instead the world got a glimpse of Christianity. oops.

Kathy Griffin deserves to have someone punch her in the face! If a bus ran over her TODAY…..if would not have been SOON ENOUGH!

It doesn’t matter. Today’s San Diego Union-Tribune, and presumably all the rest of the regional clients of the Washington Post, New York Times, and AP, has doubled down on the slander of the kids, publishing an AP version of yesterday’s Washington Post story, omitting ALL of the rest of the story.

This AP story is all condemnation of the kids, all from Nathan Phillips original interviews, without anything about the existence of the longer videos from different angles showing a different story, without the reversal of position by the school, all of which was available early yesterday.

I have observed that the U-T (or really, the WaPo, NYT and AP) is perfectly capable of including updates from the prior afternoon and evening, when they want to.

In general I think we live in an overly litigious society. I have to admit there are times when a big fat lawsuit seem justified. This is one case where I see you (legal professionals) as heroes, even warriors, willing to fight for these kids.

There have been tweets from someone volunteering to represent them. Good. I hope payback is a bitch, I really do.

This may be a bit “tinfoil-hattish”, but could it be the media is anxious to get an anti-Catholic meme started, in anticipation of a Barrett SCOTUS nomination? There really is no limit to how low they’ll go. Ask Kavanaugh.

    elle in reply to CDR D. | January 21, 2019 at 11:25 am

    I think you are correct. As I said above, lots of moving parts for the Phillips and friends to be on site with a camera crew, professional quality video editing and almost global coverage within hours.

    It did not matter that their stars in the #TRUST BELIEVERS smear against Kavanaugh were caught lying; it’s unimportant. The machine just moves forward and the dupes who get off on spewing their hate on “deplorable others” will always sing along.

    CKYoung in reply to CDR D. | January 21, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    phillips is reported to be a crisis actor. There was also a recent political attack on the Knights of Columbus. I think you are onto something. The left starts painting Catholics in a very bad light, then drags that narrative into the ACB SCOTUS hearings.

    Anonamom in reply to CDR D. | January 21, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    I suspect that you are correct. I don’t think that it was some sort of conspiracy/set-up, but I do think that the Catholic angle prompted the media to jump on the story. For precisely the reason you stated.

The ABC nightly broadcast news on the day of the event had a quarter-hearted SEMI-retraction regarding earlier reports. I can not recall the words used but it was a mere suggestive HINT that the event was not as clear-cut as earlier reports indicated. A few seconds of that then a turn to a different but semi-related story that placed Indians in a good light. It was abysmal. If there is ever revolt or revolution and the patriots win I hope that military tribunals are enacted to determine the amounts of treason within those monolithic corporate systems using their massive propaganda power to subvert the Founders creation and implement a New World Order of cultural-Marxism, open-borders and the end of the sovereign nation-state. Please, no public hanging of traitors. Yank those traitors out of their cubicles and boardrooms and have them perform hard-labor under military jurisdiction and strip them of their wealth.

What this latest incident of “Fake News” shows is that the msm as we all knew it from our past is dead. I cannot read anything in print or on air that I take at face value any longer. They have poisoned their well of trust and now they literally have to prove their claims or I consider it a lie. Even with proof, they still will not convince many people because of their lack of integrity. I have seen many transformations during my life but this has to be the most profound and astonishing. To see an entire profession crumble because of one man is truly remarkable!

Bad week for the Leftist media. They keep proving Trump right by promoting FAKE NEWS. First the Trump bombshell made up by Buzzfeed and now this. What they should be doing is comparing the MAGA kids response to the Antifa responses to other highly charged events.