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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington rushed to condemn a group of Catholic students sporting MAGA hats at the March for Life whom the media accused of mocking and harassing a Native American man. But the story was fake news.
Video footage belies reports that the students from Covington Catholic High School “taunted” and “harassed” Nathan Phillips, who was present in Washington, DC, for the first Indigenous Peoples March on Friday.
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Jesuit-run America magazine claimed that a small group of Native American drummers had been “surrounded by a much larger band of teenagers,” an allegation repeated by other media outlets.
In point of fact, however, video footage shows the Native Americans confronting the youths, and Mr. Phillips begins playing his drum just inches from the face of one of the boys, who simply smiles at him.
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The New York Times went so far as to allege that the boys had “mobbed” a Native elder, which is unsustainable in the face of video footage showing the man approaching the boys, who are stationary.
This version of the story was circulated by the Guardian, CNN, ABC, NBC, the Daily Beast, Slate, and many more.
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As many people noted on social media, the mainstream media rushed to put the story out without bothering to check if it was true, or wait for full video evidence. The perfect storm of white Catholic males wearing Make America Great Again hats and attending the March for Life to protest abortion was just too tempting to pass up, even if the narrative was completely false.
The diocese and Covington Catholic High School played into the hands of those launching the false accusations, and condemned the students’ behavior before they had even ascertained...
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