It was bound to be a media and public relations disaster for everyone involved. I’m sure by now you’ve heard.
On Saturday, a video which initially seemed to depict a group of Catholic high school boys harassing and taunting an elderly Native American man, went viral across the Internet and social media. Each of the boys is seen wearing a MAGA hat and allegedly shouting “build the wall.” The man — later identified as 64-year-old activist Nathan Phillips — appeared to be calmly playing his drum when he was confronted by the boys, all of who attend Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky. The boys had previously been in Washington D.C. to participate in Friday’s March For Life event, and then later arrived at the Lincoln Memorial where they were scheduled to wait on their school buses. This is where the supposed “confrontation” with Phillips occurred.
And this is the story as it appeared on the surface.
Now, why did the boys do this? What circumstances led to it? What were their motives? Was there an actual altercation? What was the surrounding situational context? Did they even do anything wrong at all? Did Phillips do anything at all? Was anyone else involved? What are we even talking about here?
The mainstream media naturally ignored these questions and quickly took the brief, strange footage — without bothering to investigate any facts or uncover the surrounding context or wait for additional footage — and within seconds began to run headlines and stories accusing the boys of mercilessly terrorizing and accosting Phillips. It was the perfect opportunity to frame these Trump-loving, pro-life, conservative, Catholic, white boys as bigoted, violent, racists. So, that’s what they did.
“Boys in Make America Great Again Hats Mob Native Elder At Indigenous Peoples March” — The New York Times
“Mob of Make America Great Again Hate-Wearing Teen Boys Caught On Video Harassing Native Elder” — The Cut [now retitled]
“The Catholic Church’s Shameful History of Native American Abuses” — The Washington Post
And it worked.
For about five seconds.
But later, more substantial video evidence emerged and this time it was a two-hour long piece of footage. The clip was filmed by a member of a radical, anti-gay cult group known as the Black Hebrew Israelites (sorry, never heard of ‘em), who were apparently present at the scene as well. What’s important about this video footage, however, is that it completely clarifies the situation, bringing illumination to an otherwise confusing chain of events, and leaves no room for doubt. You see, in this clip, members of the BHI group shout various insults at the boys, referring to them as “crackers” and “future school shooters” and “incest children.” They also scream some anti-gay slurs. Despite all of this, the boys peacefully carry on with acclimations of their own.
This extra footage reveals that it was indeed the Black Hebrew Israelites and Phillips who were the problem. In fact, Phillips can even be seen pounding away on his drum right in the faces of the boys and later referring to them as “beasts.”
Members of BHI can be heard shouting phrases like, “Your president is a homosexual! Greek was a bunch of homosexuals, just like the Romans. You proud of sodomy? You give faggots rights!”
The boys, obviously disgusted by the ridiculous behavior on display in front of them, sneered at their hecklers, some even smiling, and kept to themselves. They did not engage in any physical violence, nor do any taunting of their own, despite what the news writers at Cincinnati.com would like for you to believe: “Covington Catholic High School students surrounded, intimated, and chanted over Native Americans singing about indigenous people’s strength and spirit.”
That sentence is, quite literally, the very definition of fake news, which isn’t exactly anything new for the mainstream media. But even worse than fake, it’s derogatory, slanderous, and libelous. It’s intentionally defamatory and malicious. The students of Covington did nothing wrong or illegal and, when all of the videos are viewed in their entirety and in context, it becomes abundantly clear that these Catholic, Trump-supporting, white boys were not only peaceable, but were even chiding the BHI members for their offensive and anti-gay rhetoric. But, this little nugget of factual truth didn’t fit the ideological narrative of choice for the mainstream media and so it was conveniently left out, an intentional decision which I say is more than enough reason to sue each of these specific news outlets into utter oblivion.
In the end, this was never about facts or truth. It was about seizing an opportunity to slam several groups of people all at once: white boys/men (“toxic masculinity”), conservatives, Christians, pro-lifers, Trump-supporters, and Republicans in general. And every single one of these groups — most specifically the boys of Covington Catholic High School — deserve a sincere and humble apology from the mainstream media.
I’m not holding my breath though. And you shouldn’t either.