This is way more than you needed to know or wanted to read/view. Just scan through and pick what catches your attention. I admit to having been fascinated by this. Maybe it’s because I’m a mom. Tucker does his usual excellent job, so I put that one first.
TUCKER CARLSON: Did the video describe what really happened? That should have been the first question journalists asked. Checking facts and adding context is what journalists do. Yet, amazingly, almost nobody in the American media did that. That’s a shame, because there was a lot to check.
DAILY WIRE: The Michael Knowles Show — This covers the same ground as Tucker did, but with more outrage. I enjoyed it. “A total fraud and a lie and CNN pushed it.”
NICK SANDMANN: The young man who was targeted responds — His whole statement is well worth reading.
“I thought I had diffused the situation by remaining calm, and I was thankful nothing physical had occurred. …
“I never understood why either of the two groups of protestors were engaging with us, or exactly what they were protesting at the Lincoln Memorial. We were simply there to meet a bus, not become central players in a media spectacle. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever encountered any sort of public protest, let alone this kind of confrontation or demonstration.
“I was not intentionally making faces at the protestor. I did smile at one point because I wanted him to know that I was not going to become angry, intimidated or be provoked into a larger confrontation. I am a faithful Christian and practicing Catholic, and I always try to live up to the ideals my faith teaches me — to remain respectful of others, and to take no action that would lead to conflict or violence.”
TAKE A STEP BACK: Before you go off on the next social media thing — “My main takeaway is to admonish, not just the left, because there are always going to be people on the left pandering to their base, but to admonish the Democrats who I know are reasonable, and the people in the middle who don’t associate with either party but form their own opinion, and even the people on the right who got spoofed by this, to just take a step back and wait a day before they form opinions next time, based on something in social media.” – Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.)
SPEAKING OF PEOPLE WHO NEED TO WAIT A DAY: Also media that can’t manage to just admit they screwed the pooch. — Kristol deleted his tweet without comment. The New York Times published a retraction that wasn’t an apology. Stay classy, guys.
NOT TAKING A STEP BACK: “HouseShoes” is Michael Buchanan, 45, a Detroit-born hip hop producer and DJ working and living in Los Angeles. — Twitter shrugged off complaints about his vicious tweets, saying he had not violated their TOS. It’s a puzzle just what their TOS actually consists of, since Twitter has previously shut down conservative tweeters for such heinous “hate speech” as defending cops, calling Chelsea/Bradley Manning a ‘guy,’ and promoting the border wall.
Meanwhile, CNN and MSNBC spent nearly an HOUR trashing Sandmann. William Jacobson explains at Legal Insurrection that the tactic Nathan Phillips used against the Covington High School student is Liberal Activism 101. Target someone, then scream abuse while your cameraman records, then edits the footage to make you look like the victim.
Thank God there were other cameras running BEFORE the incident in DC. Multiple videos proved that two different groups of hateful, activist adults had targeted a bunch of KIDS, then cooperated with the scum in the mainstream and social media to make their lives miserable.
COVINGTON HIGH REOPENS: Extra security will be on hand — The American Indian Movement Chapter of Indiana and Kentucky has agreed to move their planned protest to the offices of the Diocese of Covington, and not outside the school as they originally intended.