After watching violent leftists run roughshod over other people’s rights (and bodies), I’m happy to provide you with an overdue roundup of news about justice finally being served.
In Somerset, New Jersey, a 19-year-old male has been identified and charged with assault and harassment for allegedly attacking an 81-year-old man because he was wearing a MAGA cap while grocery shopping.
Over a week after a sickening violent assault on a conservative student at UC-Berkeley was captured on video, a suspect has finally been identified and arrested. The victim is still suffering concussion-like symptoms from the brutal punches in the face that he endured, simply because the leftist thug was “triggered” by a sign saying that fake hate crimes harm victims of real hate crimes. Since he’s obviously passionate about prosecuting real hate crimes, let’s hope they charge him with committing one.
Finally, the Washington Post at long last has walked back its false reporting that the Covington, Kentucky, Catholic students sparked a confrontation with a Native American activist. Both the full video of the event and an independent investigation proved that the boys were the ones confronted and taunted, and they did nothing wrong. In fact, they showed admirable maturity and restraint in the midst of a tense situation.
But read WaPo’s statement and note what it doesn’t say (like “We apologize for getting this story completely wrong.”) It’s phrased like a bland “correction,” but their initial story didn’t need just a “correction;” it was the exact opposite of what actually happened and required a full retraction. For instance, the boys didn’t make offensive racist remarks to anyone, but offensive racist remarks were shouted at them. WaPo’s story was nothing but a lazy regurgitation of a leftist Internet hit job on some innocent kids just because they were wearing MAGA caps and coming from a pro-life rally.
As to WaPo’s weasely claim that the situation was more “complicated” that it first seemed: no, it wasn’t. They reported something they wanted to be true that was the opposite of what actually happened. That’s not “complicated,” it’s just plain old bias.
WaPo appears to be doing damage control now that they’re facing a $250 million defamation lawsuit, but it’s too little too late. Any journalist can make a forgivable mistake. That’s why reporting is called “the first draft of history.” As scrupulous as we are here about fact-checking, we often have to make corrections as new information comes to light (did anyone even get Jussie Smollett’s name spelled correctly in the first bulletins involving him?)
But this story is not the result of rushing to meet a deadline with insufficient information. The Post, and all the other media outlets that printed the story that nearly destroyed those boys’ lives and subjected them to death threats, did so without bothering to do the slightest due diligence on the facts. There was a full video showing what really happened; did they even look at it before going to press with the false version? Obviously not. And not because journalism is “history in a hurry,” but because they were so biased that if it fit with their narrative that conservatives/Trump supporters/anyone in a red MAGA cap is a violent, thuggish racist, then that’s all they needed to know to run with it.
This shows one more danger of having a biased news media that puts politics above professionalism. It’s bad enough that ever since the Tea Party movement started, leftists have avoided thinking about why people rejected their failed policies by deluding themselves with the slanderous claim that anyone who disagrees with them is a fascist or racist (even the black people and other minorities who attended Tea Party rallies.) That’s carried over times ten to Trump supporters. If the media insist on protecting Democrats, they’d be doing them a bigger favor if they told the truth instead of simply repeating their self-serving talking points. Over the long haul, it’s not healthy for anyone to believe their own bull hockey.
And it’s not good for the media, either, since I doubt that mealy-mouthed “correction” is going to convince the kid from Covington to drop his $250 million lawsuit. Let’s hope that when he owns the Post, he’ll do a better job of running it.