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The media didn’t exactly cover itself in glory this weekend. First, the media jumped on a BuzzFeed story that proved the Trump suborned perjury. It was debunked a day later by the Mueller team. As they wondered why Americans distrust them so, the media jumped on an anonymously posted video that proved teens at Covington Catholic High School were racists. That too was debunked a day later by a longer video of the incident.
The DC press corps screams when the President calls them “the enemy of the people.” Yet, time and time again, they prove his point. The facts no longer matter, only the narrative. Even if it means attacking teenagers.
Less than a year after the press rebuked anyone who dared question the teen political activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, they viciously attacked students from Covington Catholic High School. The report was based on lies that could have easily been revealed with the slightest journalistic follow-up. But the narrative fit and that’s all that matters.
Although many journalists deleted their worst tweets, I wanted to compare the news media’s treatment of one group of teenagers to the other.
Perspective: The sliming of Parkland students shows the spreading stain of media polarization https://t.co/E1TleqZ0UQ
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 27, 2018
In an interview with The Post, Omaha tribe elder Nathan Phillips says he “felt like the spirit was talking through me” as teens jeered and mocked him https://t.co/sabTvhs1zl
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 19, 2019
— CNN (@CNN) March 29, 2018
Video shows a crowd of teenagers wearing ‘Make America Great Again’ hats taunting a Native American elder after Friday’s Indigenous Peoples March at the Lincoln Memorial https://t.co/2bYADuaUV2 pic.twitter.com/NDtiifPjoo
— CNN (@CNN) January 20, 2019
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) November 4, 2018
A diocese in Kentucky is looking into videos that show youths, possibly from the diocese’s all-male high school, mocking Native Americans at a rally in Washington. https://t.co/gYmn2nLWOX
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 20, 2019
Jeet Heer, The New Republic:
The smearing of the Parkland kids seem too systematic & widespread to be totally spontaneous. There's almost certainly an oppo research firm in the mix.
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) March 27, 2018
These are "pro-life" Catholic high school students mocking and harassing a Native American chanter. As with Ben Shapiro, a concern for "life" is the main force driving their politics. https://t.co/mfHdTrHUWv
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) January 19, 2019
Philip Bump, Washington Post:
In the past, sustained attention on the gun debate has required legislation. Post-Parkland, students are taking it on themselves. https://t.co/8tXEwpsy44
— Philip Bump (@pbump) March 14, 2018
Those kids that harassed the Native American man on the Mall were representing views more in line with their great-grandfathers than their white male peers. https://t.co/vV9GBscmGi
— Philip Bump (@pbump) January 20, 2019
Kyle Griffin, MSNBC:
The students of March for Our Lives, including survivors of the Parkland shooting, will announce a 60-day, 20-state, 75-stop summer bus tour to register young people to vote and to promote gun law reform. https://t.co/TiVNbBNYxe
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 4, 2018
WaPo spoke with Nathan Phillips, the veteran in the indigenous rights movement.
He said that while he was being harassed he kept drumming and singing, thinking about his wife who died from bone marrow cancer and the threats facing indigenous communities. https://t.co/vam0fWzhr5
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 19, 2019
Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post:
— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) November 4, 2018
— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) January 19, 2019
Anyone who spent time on Twitter this weekend knows these examples are just the mildest examples. Activists and Hollywood celebrities demanded doxxing, acts of violence, and even death for the Covington teens. These same people heralded the Parkland teens as heroes; well, at least the Parkland teens who pushed for gun control.
If the press wants to get America to trust them, perhaps they should begin reporting honestly.