A recent face-off between a group of Catholic high-school students who supported Trump and a radical left-wing organization comprised of Native American adults captured the media’s attention as journalists jumped at the chance to cover the “racist” teens.
However, as the story progressed and facts emerged, the media’s initial reactions and narrative of events turned out to be completely wrong, as the activist group and the drum-beating member who drew the attention of the nation turned out to be the agitators.
Even further, Nathan Phillips, the activist who faced off against the young man and lead the charge in condemning him with allegations of racial intolerance was later proven to have lied about his military service, falsely claiming to be a Vietnam combat veteran.
The Washington Post admits in a correction at the bottom of the report that Nathan Phillips is *not* a Vietnam War veteran https://t.co/ddJFfoF7Lx
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 22, 2019
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) January 22, 2019
As the media slowly began to admit its erroneous reporting and give the young students equal time to tell their side of the story, Phillips refused to meet with them, stating that it’s “not the right time” while implying that they should be expelled from school.
— Cortney O’Brien (@obrienc2) January 22, 2019
By Tuesday, as Phillips’ questionable past and ties to controversial movements and groups began to emerge, pundits did not look highly on his refusal to meet the young students.
Many openly accused Phillips of stolen valor, and labeled the far-left activist a “fraud” and a “con artist” for claiming to have seen combat in Vietnam, which several commenters pointed out is illegal.
Nathan Phillips is a fraud and these kids owe him nothing. https://t.co/OlIzfe6UXk
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) January 22, 2019
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) January 22, 2019
Nathan Phillips has called the Covington students “beasts” and a “lynch mob.” He has lied about their behavior. He has smeared them publicly. And last night he rejected an offer to meet with them and hinted instead that they should be expelled. In summary, he is a very bad person
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) January 22, 2019
Nathan Phillips, Tribal Elder of the Omaha Stolen Valor Nation
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) January 22, 2019
The Washington Post has now admitted that Nathan Phillips never actually served in Vietnam
How can we trust the media ever again?
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 22, 2019
We called it. Those dates didn’t add up and drum beating antagonizer Nathan Phillips never served in Vietnam…although he did collect money pretending to. pic.twitter.com/48jXVRXQ7e
— Mindy Robinson 🇺🇸 (@iheartmindy) January 22, 2019