The devil wears a MAGA hat
Jeffrey Murphy | Monday, February 25, 2019
“The fake news media is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People.” — President Trump
“If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” — Malcolm X
“If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.” — Mark Twain
Catching the mainstream media in a colossal lie is so commonplace in 2019 that attempting to keep them honest seems futile. From Justice Brett Kavanaugh to Ralph Northam to Jussie Smollett, the media are incapable of learning their lesson. They are on a fanatical crusade to propagate their agenda, and nothing — not evidence, not logic, not reason — will stop them. Even when they are caught red-handed in the orchestration of an obvious falsehood, no apologies are issued, no corrections are disseminated. If they can’t fabricate a new angle to support their demonstrably false position, the trail is left cold and a new target is identified. No one is more intimately aware of the media’s blind commitment to the leftist agenda than the students of Covington Catholic in Park Hills, Kentucky.
Most people’s initial exposure to this now infamous controversy was the notorious video depicting Native American activist Nathan Phillips, the angelic martyr incapable of sin, pitted against high school student Nick Sandmann, the demonic white boy responsible for all evil. The video shows Phillips beating a drum in Sandmann’s face and chanting while other Covington Catholic students surround the pair. The video ends with a brief interview of Phillips during which he wipes away well-rehearsed tears while falsely alleging that the students were shouting “build that wall” at him (as is established in this third-party investigative report conducted by a professional investigation firm in which they clear the students of all allegations of offensive conduct).
The media could not have imagined a video more conducive to the proliferation of their anti-Trump narrative. They had an ideal villain — a young, Catholic white male — and the perfect victim — a diminutive-looking, older Native American. The articles alleging racism and bigotry basically wrote themselves. No questions were asked, no context was sought. The media wasted no time in rushing to publish headlines like: “Nathan Phillips, Native American man harassed by high schoolers, tells his story.” They would have had us believe that Phillips was handing out hugs and heart-shaped candies when a group of pitchfork-wielding Catholic boys descended upon the innocent, feeble demonstrator. Nothing could have been further from the truth.
It took merely days for additional footage of the event to emerge. It became quickly apparent that the media’s too-good-to-be-true depiction of the event was just that: too good to be true. The additional footage reveals that it was Phillips who approached the boys, not vice versa. He is shown clearly approaching the group of students, physically invading their circle, and happening upon Sandmann in the middle. There is one person to blame for the conflict, and one person only: Nathan Phillips. He decided to approach the students. He decided to beat his drum in the face of Nick Sandmann. He decided to create a confrontation. No self-respecting person can watch the comprehensive footage and allege that Sandmann is to blame. Moreover, additional information about Phillips was divulged in the aftermath of the conflict. We learned that Phillips lied about being a Vietnam veteran, attempted to disrupt a Catholic mass and has a violent criminal history. Even more infuriating, once the event gained national attention, Phillips decided to play the victim and construct a backwards narrative that he knew the mainstream media would love too much to question.
In the days following the release of the viral video, Phillips — the darling of the media — offered numerous accounts of the event. In one imaginative recount in an interview with the Washington Post, Phillips stated, “It was getting ugly, and I was thinking: I’ve got to find myself an exit out of this situation and finish my song at the Lincoln Memorial. I started going that way, and that guy in the hat stood in my way and we were at an impasse. He just blocked my way and wouldn’t allow me to retreat.” Nathan … you approached them! Moreover, at no point in any of the available footage does Sandmann, or any Covington student, attempt to block Phillips’ path or move in his way. It is painfully obvious that Phillips could have waltzed right out of the group just like he marched his way in. How exactly could Sandmann have better handled the situation? That isn’t a rhetorical question; I pose it seriously. The kid literally stood there and smiled. There is no response that would have been sufficient for Phillips or the media. Sandmann could have thrown himself to the ground and pledged his eternal allegiance to Phillips and the Democratic Party and it wouldn’t have been enough.
The second he put on that shiny red hat, the media decided there was no length to which they wouldn’t go to ensure his demonization. Even if they had to lie through their teeth, promote an account that diametrically opposed the truth and maintain that narrative in the face of damning evidence, they were willing to do it. If the mainstream media’s constant perversion of the truth and blind allegiance to partisan politics doesn’t make them the enemy of the people, then I do not know how to show that to you.
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