Once again several top outlets have been caught running a piece with out properly vetting the information leading to a public outcry based on a false narrative.
According to Information Liberation, The viral Twitter posts claiming a group of Covington Catholic teenagers aggressively “surrounded” a Native American man on Friday and “mocked,” “harassed” and “threatened” him is officially the biggest hate hoax of 2019.
An out-of-context video showing one teenager standing still and smiling (with other students around him singing a school chant) while Native American activist Nathan Phillips bangs a drum and chants in his face went viral on Twitter on Saturday, quickly amassing over 5 million views.
The story was picked up by hundreds of news outlets — without a hint of skepticism — who portrayed the kids as evil racists.
The school themselves — before investigating — issued a statement condemning their own students and saying they may be expelled.
The media’s portrayal of the actual events are once again “inaccurate and misleading in every sense.
Newly released video shows it was Phillips who approached the teenagers as they were happily chanting their school’s anthem on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial while getting ready to leave after the March For Life rally finished, also reported by Information Liberation.
“Covington Catholic student bothering elder man” yet here is evidence of the man approaching them during their school cheer not disturbing anyone. Doesn’t make sense pic.twitter.com/SRYRJOIoKf
— Maria Judy (@mariajudy_) January 19, 2019
A Second video shows even more:
— Chris Menahan 🔹 (@infolibnews) January 20, 2019
Another image captured it best: