I’ve said that on the rare occasions when I make a factual error, I try to correct it ASAP. On my Twitter feed, I referred to Nathan Phillips, the drumming Native American activist at the center of the giant leftist hatefest against some Catholic schoolboys, as a “Vietnam veteran.” That was what the media claimed at the time. Now, from the Washington Post:
“Correction: Earlier versions of this story incorrectly said that Native American activist Nathan Phillips fought in the Vietnam War. Phillips said he served in the U.S. Marines but was never deployed to Vietnam.”
(To be fair, it’s rather hard to pin down the truth about this particular individual.)
I apologize for the error.
And that’s a more sincere apology than I’ve heard from many people on the left so far for demanding that some innocent school boys be punched, killed and fed into wood chippers.
Some people just can’t bring themselves to say, “I was wrong and I’m sorry.” They’re still desperately trying to dig up some justification for their rotten behavior in attacking and calling for violent reprisals against innocent kids. There’s an old saying: “When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” I guess they’ve never heard it.
And so we’re now being subjected to even more slanderous “fake news” about these kids, once again based on jumping to conclusions from misleading photos (seriously, they never learn.)
For the record: When the school’s basketball players wear black uniforms and black body paint, it’s part of what is known as a traditional “black-out game” where they paint themselves in the school colors. They weren’t wearing blackface to mock African-American players on the other team (black-out games can fall against any other school, regardless of the players’ races.)
And when basketball players make an “OK” finger gesture, it means someone made a three-point shot. It’s not a white supremacist hand signal. Anyone might have surmised that from all the photos of black NBA players making the same gesture, but then, that would require the teens’ tormentors to take one minute on Google to look at more than one photo. That’s an awful lot of tiring research to expect someone to go through before branding someone they've never met as a Nazi.
The groundless hateful rhetoric leveled at the Catholic school boys was so vile, ginning up threats of physical violence and bombings, their school had to cancel classes out of concern for all its students’ safety. Wait, aren’t these the same compassionate liberals who tell us that we need to ban guns and do away with border detention facilities because it’s unconscionable that any child should ever be made to feel unsafe?
Three cheers for one of the few celebrities in Hollywood who has the guts, brains and integrity to see what’s right and stand up for it. And this is hardly the first time Patricia Heaton has done that.
Finally, President Trump has reportedly invited those put-upon Catholic school students to visit him in the White House. One wag suggested that he lay out a banquet of Chick-fil-A food for them. I bet they’d love it, which would give deranged leftists yet another excuse to go berserk.