Apologies Roll in for WILDY MISCHARACTERIZED Catholic Students
The condemnation came after watching a video depicting a brief segment of a 90-minute interaction an listening to one side of the story, that of a Native American elder, without taking the other into account.
Now, apologies – from some – are coming in. (The Daily Caller)
As details emerged, some individuals and outlets who had been quick to condemn the students retracted their words and even apologized.
National Review published a scathing piece by its deputy managing editor, Nicholas Frankovich.
This is just embarrassing. https://t.co/PL2Jwionf1 I wonder if the author will apologize to those Covington students?— Roger Kimball (@rogerkimball) January 20, 2019
Rep. Thomas Massie speaks up for the Covington Catholic HS students: 'It is my honor to represent them' https://t.co/KaS1rCawdR— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 21, 2019
Reason editor Robby Soave did his research and eventually called the story a “rush to judgment.”
I'm carefully watching video footage of high school kids at the Lincoln Memorial like it's the Zapruder film, IN ORDER TO PROVIDE YOU ALL THE VERY BEST OF TAKES. Stay tuned.— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) January 20, 2019
Uhhh..... okay... well, the media really got this one wrong...— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) January 20, 2019
The Covington / Nathan Phillips incident is shaping up to be as misguided a rush to judgment as the Rolling Stone story. Full video footage largely exonerates the students, explicitly contradicts Phillips. https://t.co/oJFab00xIB— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) January 20, 2019
Meghan McCain and CNN’s Jake Tapper seemed to agree:
My friend @robbysoave is one of the best journalists I know... I, like many others may have reacted too quickly. Apologize for being part of a media pile on. Please read his piece. https://t.co/WhJ5auQ3TQ— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) January 20, 2019
.@reason: “Video footage strongly contradicts Native American veteran Nathan Phillips' claim that Covington Catholic High School boys harassed him. The media got this one completely wrong,” writes @robbysoave https://t.co/9Ki4iiTkQ9— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 20, 2019
Yesterday I had one impression of the maga kids from Kentucky. Now after seeing more videos I have a different more complicated impression. Makes all the hot takes seem silly.— David Brooks (@nytdavidbrooks) January 20, 2019
I just watched the unedited video of the high school kids at the March - they did nothing wrong, and I correct an earlier tweet— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 20, 2019
The left intentionally misreported the facts (typical) to destroy these kids lives to blame it on Trump
Media made this a top story to wreck lives
The brother of a falsely accused Covington Catholic High School student at the center of the media-fueled scandal, says his family is still receiving threats and that their family business has received atrocious online reviews. Even worse – that student wasn't there.
A liberal mob targeted him as his family prepared for a wedding and he's preparing to volunteer at the Special Olympics.
1) Yesterday was supposed to be a day of celebration for my middle brother Alex, who got married last night. Instead my family had to deal with the fallout of my youngest brother #MichaelHodge being falsely accused for standing & smiling in front of an indigenous man with a drum— Andrew Hodge (@PikePlaceTechie) January 20, 2019
2) People then proceeded to spam my family with harassments and threats of physical violence. We then find out our parents address was posted online. If that wasn't enough, our family operated business has been slandered and attacked.— Andrew Hodge (@PikePlaceTechie) January 20, 2019
3) No one reviews evidence or does any due diligence, they immediately escalate things to a state of frenzy over much of nothing. The zealots scream for the head of #MichaelHodge knowing that their will be zero consequences to them if anything happens to him— Andrew Hodge (@PikePlaceTechie) January 20, 2019
5) #MichaelHodge is the best kid I know. He volunteers for Special Olympics (took them skiing this Thursday) is involved in the church youth group, doesn't drink/smoke (volunteer member of the Drugs Free Club of America) and is an aspiring chef— Andrew Hodge (@PikePlaceTechie) January 20, 2019