The Covington Catholic Kids Take the Gloves Off | The American Conservative

Their lawsuit seeks to teach the media a lesson it will never forget.

Source: The Covington Catholic Kids Take the Gloves Off | The American Conservative

Lawyers for Nick Sandmann, the student at the center of the controversy wherein, following the March for Life on January 18th, Native American activist Nathan Phillips marched into the midst of a group of Covington Catholic High School students waiting for a bus and proceeded to drum and chant within inches of the face of Mr. Sandmann, have filed a suit on his behalf (at the bequest of his parents), seeking $250 million from Washington Post, one of the media outlets that published erroneous and defamatory accounts of the incident.

The lawsuit, according to NPR, is “seeking $50 million in compensation for the alleged damage done, while the remaining $200 million in punitive damages would be aimed at punishing the newspaper company.” The amount was chosen to mirror the amount that billionaire Jeff Bezos paid for the Post in 2013, and is clearly and unequivocally chosen to send a message: not only to the Washington Post, but to other media outlets which have become increasingly prone to substitute partisan politics for objective reporting.

The NPR article notes that “In their complaint, the Sandmanns say they are asking a federal district court in Kentucky to help them ‘teach the Post a lesson it will never forget.'” They likely have an uphill battle to make this stick, and it is doubtful that, even if the suit is successful, they will get the full $250 million, but I hope it is successful, nonetheless. Winning this suit, regardless of amount, would sent a message that needs to be sent.

Most of my readers will recall this incident, in which an adult male, Mr. Phillips, clearly attempted to intimidate a group of high school students, who were doing nothing more offensive that singing school-spirit songs while waiting for their bus. The only “offense” of Mr. Sandmann, at the epicenter of the controversy, was in refusing to be intimidated or moved, standing his ground with an enigmatic smile while Mr. Phillips quite literally got in his face.

And, oh yes, I almost forgot: he and many of his classmates had committed the unpardonable sin of wearing a “MAGA” hat.

We live in an era where support of the President – or even of America – is sufficient to justify, in the minds of the Left, all sorts of punishment, from being kicked or heckled out of eating establishments, to having eggs thrown in their faces, to having protesters actually gather and demonstrate outside their homes.

The Covington kids received death threats, and it was even suggested that their school should be burned down, with the students inside – all this by the tolerant, diversity-celebrating, committed-to-coexistence Left, for whom “love trumps hate.”

Yeah, and if you believe that’s an example of love trumping hate, I’ve got some ocean-front property in Arizona I’m willing to sell you, cheap.

In any case, the suit being filed on Nicholas Sandmann’s behalf is clearly intended to send a message, not just to the Washington Post, but to all those who think they can get away with attacking, misrepresenting, and defaming people simply because they support the President. As the post I linked at the beginning of this entry notes,

“Sandmann’s attorneys accuse the Post of ‘wrongfully placing the anti-Trump, anti-Catholic, and [pro-choice] agenda over the harm its False and Defamatory Accusations caused to Nicholas’ and of ignoring ‘contrary information in favor of its pre-conceived false narrative against President Trump and his supporters.’ Sandmann’s name might be at the top of the complaint, but the attorneys who authored it clearly imagine their lawsuit is carrying the banner for every single victim of anti-MAGA discrimination.”

The author goes on to note that

“the complaint’s bellicose and overtly partisan language, as well as its reliance on the right-wing persecution complex, made me uneasy. So I decided to re-read the Post‘s first story on the Sandmann-Phillips incident. After all, it couldn’t be that bad.

“Oh, but it was. Even the headline—“Native American drummer speaks on the MAGA-hat wearing teens who surrounded him”—was false… the article degenerates into something akin to the murder of Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, as people and groups come forward one by one to sink their knives into Sandmann…

“From the sheer scale of this pile-on, you’d think Sandmann had shot up a school.”

If this is the kind of love that trumps hate, I think we could do with a little less of it, personally. Kudos to Nick Sandmann, his parents, and their attorneys for standing up to Leftist vitriol and pressure. I hope this suit succeeds. This is a lesson the Left – and I include the vast majority of the mainstream media in that category – needs to be taught. Whether they will actually learn it, even if the suit is successful, being of course another story…

Maybe we need a new slogan: “Make Media Sane Again.”

Covington bishop apologizes to pro-life students: ‘we… allowed ourselves to be bullied’ | Lifesitenews

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Source: BREAKING: Covington bishop apologizes to pro-life students: ‘we…allowed ourselves to be bullied’ | News | Lifesitenews

Bishop Roger Joseph Foys, of the (Roman Catholic) Diocese of Covington, writes,

“We are sorry that this situation has caused such disruption in the lives of so many. We apologize to anyone who has been offended in any way by either of our statements which were made with good will based on the information we had,” Foys writes in the letter. “We should not have allowed ourselves to be bullied and pressured into making a statement prematurely, and we take full responsibility for it.”

“I especially apologize to Nicholas Sandmann and his family as well as to all CovCath families who have felt abandoned during this ordeal,” he continues. “Nicholas unfortunately has become the face of these allegations based on video clips. This is not fair. It is not just.”

No, it is not. This semi-apology is both overdue, and rather weak-kneed. But late is better than never, I suppose…

 

Polish Politician Invites Covington MAGA Students to Speak Before Parliament | Dr. Steve Turley – YouTube

Source: POLISH POLITICIAN Invites Covington MAGA Students to Speak Before PARLIAMENT!!!

Dr. Steve Turley (who I wish would use slightly fewer exclamation points and all-caps in his titles… *grin*) comments on the Covington Catholic High School students who were accosted by both “Black Hebrew Israelites” and by Native American activists, and the fact that they have been invited to speak before the Polish Parliament.

He notes, in the process, that some folks abroad have shown them more respect than their own Diocese, which was quick to throw them under the bus when the first false reports started to come out – even speaking of possible expulsion – but which has been notably silent since it became all too clear that this was a textbook example of “fake news.”

He calls upon the Diocese of Covington to publicly exonerate the students, and apologize for its quickness to believe the worst, before all the facts were in. I agree with him! They should – but I’m not going to hold my breath until it happens. A shame that the Diocese seems to have so little moral courage.

What kind of example does that set, for its students?

Sen. Rand Paul defends Covington kids: “These kids are taking all sorts of abuse they do not deserve”

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“Unfortunately there is too often a rush to judgement from our media and social media these days,” the former presidential candidate tweeted. “We should stop and look at the facts first.”

Source: Sen. Rand Paul defends Covington kids: They’re ‘taking all sorts of abuse they do not deserve’ | News | Lifesitenews

Senator Rand Paul and Representative Thomas Massie, both from Kentucky (Rep. Massie represents the district containing Covington Catholic High School) have both weighed in, in defense of the “Covington kids”: Catholic high-schoolers, unfairly and inaccurately smeared by the media (social and otherwise) for an incident which occurred following the March for Life last Friday (18 January). As the linked post notes,

“The media, the Diocese of Covington and other Catholic leaders, left-wing activists, and even the March for Life itself condemned the students for allegedly harassing a Native American man. In its initial statement, the Diocese of Covington suggested the students may be expelled.

“But a full video of the encounter showed a very different situation, with the older man confronting the students and other protestors calling them offensive slurs – and the students remaining calm and not returning the mistreatment in kind.”

Rep. Massie was even more emphatic than Sen. Paul, tweeting,

“The honorable and tolerant students of Covington Catholic School came to DC to advocate for the unborn and to learn about our nation’s [capital]. What they got was a brutal lesson in the unjust court of public opinion and social media mobs…

“In the face of racist and homosexual slurs, the young boys refused to receiprocate or disrespect anyone. Even when taunted by homophobic bigots, which was obviously bewildering to them, they insulted no one.”

I don’t expect Leftists or the “liberal” media to feel any shame for their reprehensible defamation of the Covington High School students. But I do hope the conservatives and Catholics who jumped on the bandwagon are feeling some remorse, by this point! An apology is called for, it seems to me.

Public Enemy Number One | Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture

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The teens from Covington Catholic represent everything too many on the left love to hate.

Source: Public Enemy Number One | Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture

As this essay notes,

“Every year, on or near the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, hundreds of thousands of Americans go to Washington, D. C., to join the March for Life and protest that infamous decision.  The March for Life is peaceful and orderly, and every year the major media outlets contrive to pretend it doesn’t exist. 

“Until this year.”

Whether because the sheer size of this year’s March for Life – an estimated 300,000 participants – rattled the guardians of the Left, or whether because Trump Derangement Syndrome led them to zero in on a group of Catholic schoolboys who were wearing MAGA hats (distinctive hats have become a common feature of the March, as a way for groups to hold together and identify their members), what should have been a minor, inconsequential footnote to the March has been blowing up social media ever since.

According to the dominant narrative, this group of students from all-male Covington Catholic High School, supposedly “surrounded and intimidated” a Native American “elder,” one of them reportedly committing the unpardonable sin of “smirking” as the American Indian in question chanted and drummed well inside his personal space: in fact literally inches from his face, as the picture above indicates.

I thought when I first heard this story that there had to be more to it than that, and indeed, there is! Continue reading “Public Enemy Number One | Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture”