The Covington students controversy proves people love fake news

This past Friday a group of racist white boys from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky surrounded a Native American elder as he beat a drum on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

These hateful youths were in town to take part in an anti-women rights march. After marching against women while wearing MAGA hats, they bullied this Native American elder, a Vietnam veteran no less and began chanting, “BUILD THE WALL! BUILD THE WALL!” over and over, drowning out the beautiful rhythmic beats of his peace drum.

These kids basking in their white privilege would not allow the Native American elder to pass. There was a short video that proved these deplorable boys acted horribly.

I felt outraged when I learned about this incident on Saturday evening.

There’s one small problem with this entire story: it did not happen the way it was first reported.

What really happened

The boys from Covington Catholic High School were in town to take part in the March for Life event. Like almost all Catholics in the world, the youths from Covington high school believe abortion is murder. Personally, I disagree with them on that, but I disagree with Catholics on a whole host of things.

After the March of Life event, they were told to meet at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for the buses that would take them back to Kentucky. While waiting, they were confronted by four men, members of the Black Hebrew Israelites. There was some distance between the four men and the students. The confrontation was verbal, not physical.

Who are the Black Hebrew Israelites?

The Covington student controversy proves people love fake news
Random Black Hebrew Israelites preaching on the streets.

If you’ve never heard of the Black Hebrew Israelites before, you’re lucky. The Black Hebrew Israelites are terrible human beings who believe disturbing things. They love to share these things with anyone in earshot of their microphone and portable speaker.

The Black Hebrew Israelites began taunting the boys, telling them they were incest babies. They singled out a black student from Covington Catholic High School and told him his fellow students were keeping him around so they could later harvest his organs. They also referred to him using the n-word.

One of the students asked a teacher if they could sing their school’s sports chants to drown out the Black Hebrew Israelites. These songs are what they sang at school basketball games. The teacher agreed so they began singing their school’s songs.

Nathan Phillips is a liar who tells lies

The Covington student controversy proves people love fake news
Nathan Phillips

This is when Nathan Phillips and his associates got involved. In the full, unedited video, it shows Phillips and his compatriots walking in the large area of open space between the boys and the Black Hebrew Israelites. They headed directly to the boys. Phillips was beating his drum the entire time. One of Phillips’ associates told the boys to “go back to Europe where you came from,” and accused them of stealing his land.

At no time in any of the videos can anyone be heard chanting, “BUILD THE WALL! BUILD THE WALL!”

This is some of what Nathan Phillips told CNN:

They were just here in front of the Lincoln — Lincoln is not my hero, but at the same time, there was this understanding that he brought the (Emancipation Proclamation) or freed the slaves, and here are American youth who are ready to, look like, lynch these guys. To be honest, they looked like they were going to lynch them. They were in this mob mentality. Where were their parents? Because they were obvious [sic] a student group.

Abraham Lincoln was a national treasure

The Covington student controversy proves people love fake news
Abraham Lincoln was one of the greatest Americans to have ever lived.

Lincoln is not his hero? That’s one more thing Nathan Phillips has to be ashamed of.

It was Phillips who confronted the boys, not the other way around. He lied about the encounter. At no time did it look like the Covington boys were ready to lynch the Black Hebrew Israelites. Not only was it a lie, but it was also a stupid, incendiary thing to say.

He also told CNN the Covington boys went and got more of their friends to face off against the Black Hebrew Israelites until they had at least 200 in their ranks. Phillips told CNN the following:

Why did they need 200 people there other than it’s hate and racism? They had their target. They had their prey. And so I wish somebody would’ve been able to stand in front of the 7th Cavalry and my relatives at Wounded Knee. I wish somebody would’ve stood there and said, “No, you can’t do this.”

Is Nathan Phillips even a Vietnam veteran?

Nathan Phillips has told reporters he was a Vietnam veteran or a Vietnam “era”  veteran.  To be a Vietnam veteran means you served in Vietnam. To be a Vietnam era veteran means you served in the armed forces during the Vietnam conflict.

Because of people like Nathan Phillips, when a reporter interviews someone and they bring up their military service, before including it in their article as though it was a fact, they need to ask for a copy of their DD Form 214. If they cannot produce it or refuse to produce it, the reporter should not include the military service in the article. It’s called fact-checking. If this was done with Nathan Phillips, reporters would know he never served in Vietnam and he was not a “Recon Ranger,” whatever that is.

People love fake news

Even though it’s an established fact the events did not happen the way Nathan Phillips said they did, some people are refusing to acknowledge this fact. They still insist it happened the way it was first reported. Why? Because it meshes perfectly with their own personal bias. Of course, those boys were racist jerks. They were wearing MAGA hats!

This is the worst thing a person can wear upon their head. It’s even worse than a ku klux klan hood! Only bigots and racists want to make America great again.

The amount of hate and vitriol that’s been aimed at the Covington students from the left will only make sure these kids will grow up to be right-leaning Republicans.

They’re just kids. They haven’t fully evolved yet.

I was raised in a Pentecostal church and was taught in Sunday school that black people were the cursed descendants of Cain. I was also taught gay people were an abomination because they chose to commit homosexual acts.

Abortion? That was even worse than smoking cigarettes, drinking beer, listening to secular music, or going to a movie theatre.  I can remember the pastor on Sunday telling church members who to vote for on Tuesday. Spoiler: they weren’t Democrats.

I grew up to reject all that hateful and foolish rhetoric forced upon me and instead, think for myself. Considering how many people on the left have attacked these boys on Twitter, the chances of them ever re-thinking the beliefs that have been foisted upon them by their parents, church or school are less than zero.

Congratulations my fellow lefties!

It’s frustrating to see people I respect continuing to perpetuate the fake narrative about the Covington students and Nathan Phillips. When I started seeing people on Twitter refusing to acknowledge the facts about the incident, I would try to discuss it with them. That turned out to be a colossal waste of time and effort. Now I just unfollow these people.

I have no interest in fake news

Although some people obviously love fake news, I am not one of them. I want nothing to do with people who spread fake news.

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Rick Rottman

My name is Rick Rottman and I live in Maryland. This is my blog. If you'd like to know more about me, check out my About page.

One thought on “The Covington students controversy proves people love fake news”

  1. Great story Rick. As I’ve said before, it doesn’t matter how people think as long as there is civil discourse.
    I was raised as a non-practicing Catholic. Unfortunately, I was a pagan who drank alcohol, smoked pot and cigarettes, and listened to heavy metal music. My view of life changed drastically after I got out of the military and met my wife. You could say I’m “right wing” because I hold very conservative views. I don’t believe in forcing a person to accept my values. I do believe in God almighty, His beloved Son, and the Holy Ghost. I would be a dead man if I didn’t. I can be friends with nonbelievers too. Every person has the right to reject Christ and be condemned to hell if they so desire. As for me, I’d rather follow Christ than follow man. I’m not sinless, but I do sin less.

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