Yet another key detail of the shameless Covington Catholic smear job has been clarified.

The Washington Post issued a correction to their coverage of the story.

That correction reads:

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.

The WaPo article originally read as follows:

In an interview with CNN, Phillips claimed he was a Vietnam times veteran, though the transcript says differently:

According to, Phillips refused an offer by a restaurateur to sit down with Covington Catholic High School students to “break bread and make amends.”

Nathan Phillips has turned down Cincinnati restaurateur Jeff Ruby’s invitation to “break bread and make amends” with Covington Catholic High School students.

On Monday, Ruby offered to fly Phillips first class to have dinner with the CovCath students at one of his high-end restaurants.

But after a little thought and consideration, Phillips reconsidered and is willing to stretch his 15 minutes of shame by offering to lecture Covington Catholic High School students on racism and cultural appropriation. Cincy ctd:

Nathan Phillips has changed his mind on meeting with CovCath students.

He’s offering to travel as a delegate representing the international coalition behind the Indigenous Peoples March to Covington Catholic High School in and have a dialogue about cultural appropriation, racism and the importance of listening to and respecting diverse cultures, he said in a news release.

“Race relations in this country and around the world have reached a boiling point,” said Phillips. “It is sad that on the weekend of a holiday when we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., racial hostility occurred on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where King gave his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.”

Now, he says he’d like to use what occurred as a teachable moment.

Editor’s note: We have clarified the post to reflect what the audio of the video said, as opposed to the CNN transcript.


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