From the Washington Post:
By Washington Post Staff March 1 at 5:17 PM
A Washington Post article first posted online on Jan. 19 reported on a Jan. 18 incident at the Lincoln Memorial. Subsequent reporting, a student’s statement and additional video allow for a more complete assessment of what occurred, either contradicting or failing to confirm accounts provided in that story — including that Native American activist Nathan Phillips was prevented by one student from moving on, that his group had been taunted by the students in the lead-up to the encounter, and that the students were trying to instigate a conflict. The high school student facing Phillips issued a statement contradicting his account; the bishop in Covington, Ky., apologized for the statement condemning the students; and an investigation conducted for the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School found the students’ accounts consistent with videos. Subsequent Post coverage, including video, reported these developments: “Viral standoff between a tribal elder and a high schooler is more complicated than it first seemed”; “Kentucky bishop apologizes to Covington Catholic students, says he expects their exoneration”; “Investigation finds no evidence of ‘racist or offensive statements’ in Mall incident.”
So, not exactly an apology …
A Jan. 22 correction to the original story reads: Earlier versions of this story incorrectly said that Native American activist Nathan Phillips fought in the Vietnam War. Phillips said he served in the U.S. Marines but was never deployed to Vietnam.
So that’s basically an apology to Nathan Phillips for not quoting his weasel-words about serving in, IIRC, “Vietnam times” precisely enough and thinking it meant he served in Vietnam.
The Washington Post will likely try to memory hole Covington the way that the media successfully made the UVA fraternity ritual gang rape on broken glass hate hoax sound too boring to remember: Mistakes were made because proper journalistic methodology was not wholly followed; moreover, appropriate journalistic methods were not always implemented leading to the making of mistakes, etc etc etc etc
So, you can expect to hear a lot of in-depth discussion on the tedious questions involving exactly what Nathan Phillips claimed about his military service and how that should have been reported more carefully.
But, nah, this was wholly a “Who? Whom?” Rorschach test of what’s in the hearts of too many people in the media. You look at a picture of a boy smiling at an alcoholic drifter banging his drum in the boy’s face and you instantly conclude that the smiling lad is The Evil Enemy.
iSteve commenter James Speaks observes:
In the minds(?) of the WaPo staff, it is not possible to commit acts of bigotry against males, whites, (Roman) Catholics or gentiles. In their understanding, bigotry isn’t an act of committed by group A against group B. Bigotry to them is any action by whites etc that causes feelz bad in their in group.
An act of contrition that would mean something would be to force them to use abstract thinking and define objectively the acts that any group commits against any other group that are bigotry without naming the groups beforehand.
What America needs is a National Conversation about how this incident reveals the depth of prejudice and hate against males, whites, Catholics, and gentiles.
My suggestion: As part of the settlement of this lawsuit, all Washington Post employees should be required to take an eight hour diversity sensitivity training course on how in the future they must be on guard against their bigotry, both explicit and implicit, against males, whites, Catholics, and gentiles. Moreover, the Post should agree to publish a front page article written by experts chosen by the victims documenting how the Post’s anti-Core American bias contributed to this fiasco.