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The Left Doesn’t Care About Facts: Why #StandWithCovington Still Matters

Posted on | January 23, 2019 | Comments Off on The Left Doesn’t Care About Facts: Why #StandWithCovington Still Matters


Professor Donald Douglas summarizes the lesson we’re learning:

Although these kind of lynch mob stories aren’t new, this whole thing for me has been extremely clarifying. Twitter is a radioactive dump of hatred and lies, and as the site’s run by leftists, it won’t get better. . . . If you’re a Trump supporter leftists want to destroy you. They literally want to kill you.

Honestly, when I wrote Monday about this incident — “Lessons From an Online Lynching (Why #StandWithCovington Is Going Viral)” — I expected it to be a one-day story. The gross misrepresentation of what happened to the Covington Catholic students was a combination of the social-media mob mentality and liberal media bias.

However, because I’ve been seeing this phenomenon every day for years, it didn’t seem to me that this was really anything new. You got smeared as a racist? Welcome to the club. No big deal. Happens every day.

But there was something different about this incident. First, there was abundant video evidence — hours of it — proving that the truth about what happened was the exact opposite of how the liberal media had tried to spin it. These kids from Kentucky hadn’t sought out a confrontation with the activist Nathan Phillips; instead, he had deliberately tried to provoke them, and didn’t get the reaction he expected.

The second point was that the chosen targets of this “racism” smear were Catholic teenagers, innocent kids who had done nothing to deserve the abusive treatment dished out by the online mob and their media enablers. The Daily Caller headline captures this:

Your Complete Guide to How the Media Tried
Ruining the Lives of Innocent Teenagers

Joe Simonson explains that the anti-Trump media were eager to pounce on the Covington Catholic boys because a BuzzFeed “exclusive” that inspired MSNBC and CNN to engage in a 24-hour cycle of impeachment fantasies had just collapsed in a heap of ruined credibility:

Just mere days after BuzzFeed News dropped its hotly disputed report accusing President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice, the media decided to pick a new target: a group of teenage Catholic high school boys. . . .
Media figures, still reeling from the wave of criticism following the BuzzFeed News fiasco, smelled blood. Sure, the initial video didn’t show the students assaulting anyone, but that didn’t stop reporters, commentators and Hollywood celebrities from focusing on the smirk of a student in the video, which somehow triggered painful memories of lonely prom nights and failed junior varsity sport tryouts.

The fact that these were white boys from Kentucky, and some of them were wearing “Make America Great Again” hats, triggered the Left’s Trump Derangement Syndrome reaction — “WHITE SUPREMACY!”

If you’re white, Democrats hate you. If you’re male, Democrats hate you. If you’re from Kentucky, Democrats hate you. If you’re Catholic, Democrats hate you. So if you’re a white male Catholic from Kentucky, Democrats view you as everything wrong about America, because you are why Trump is president, instead of Hillary. (Covington Catholic is in Kenton County, which Trump won by a 26-point margin, 60%-34%.)

These boys didn’t actually have to do anything to make the liberal media hate them. Merely by existing, they deserved to be hated, according to the partisan ideology that prevails at CNN, MSNBC, etc. Yet this would be insufficient to explain why the Covington Catholic story, which started on Saturday, is still news on Wednesday if it were not for a third factor: The anti-Trump media have adopted the mentality of Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) and, as Vox Day famously observed, SJWs Always Double Down:

CNN political commentator Symone Sanders doubled down on Tuesday after being criticized for mocking Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann’s television interview performance.
“When you’re trying to remember the lines the PR team gave you,” Sanders tweeted, posting a preview of the “Today” interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie scheduled to run on Wednesday. In it, the Covington Catholic junior insisted he had “every right” to stand where he stood during the incident.


Understand that Symone Sanders wouldn’t be insulting this kid if she thought she might lose her CNN contract because of it. No, this is the officially approved narrative, and everybody employed at CNN understands that it’s open season on these Kentucky boys. The same is true at NBC, where Today show host Savannah Guthrie used her interview with the student at the center of the controversy to attempt to rehabilitate the Left’s discredited narrative:

“There is something aggressive about standing there, standing your ground. You both stood your ground, and it was like a stare down. What do you think of that now, when you think about that moment?”

This is a 180-degree reversal of the situation, which anyone can see if they’ll watch the video. Nick Sandmann did nothing “aggressive.” The activist Nathan Phillips was clearly the aggressor, wading into this group of teenagers while chanting and beating his drum. What would you expect a teenage boy to do, if some idiot protester got up in his face like that? Rather than being falsely accused as “aggressive,” Nick Sandmann deserves to be praised for his restraint under the circumstances.

Having gotten the story completely wrong, the #FakeNews media now insist they’re the victims because we’re tired of their lies.


Ace goes off on these creeps:

If the media succeeds in its mission of getting these kids attacked, should we throw the media a ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes in Wall Street?
Do they want to be affirmatively praised for putting innocent children’s lives in danger?
What do they get if they succeed in getting a kid killed? A Pulitzer?

This is what people have to understand: In becoming partisan Democrat cheerleaders, the media have become utterly irresponsible. They tell lies, and when they get caught, they pretend to be the victims. They believe that as long as they are anti-Trump, they can do no wrong. This attitude not only convinces them that they are justified in lying about Trump (e.g., the “not accurate” BuzzFeed story), but also justified in lying about Trump supporters like these MAGA hat-wearing Kentucky boys.

Facts don’t matter to the media, because they are engaged in a war to destroy the 62.9 million Americans who voted for Trump. They will keep doubling down on their lies until they are held accountable.

The media have been warned they have 48 hours to recant and apologize.






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