Media continues attack on Catholic kids with snap of students in ‘blackface,’ but tradition tells a different story

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It’s a sight to behold when the media decides to set upon an individual or group they deem to be guilty of violating liberal sensibilities.

With the national media whipping the nation into a frenzy over the non-story of some MAGA hat-wearing Catholic high school students mocking a Native American veteran on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, some outlets doggedly held the line even when it became clear that they got the story completely wrong.

The New York Daily News ran an egregious piece targeting Covington Catholic High School, where the students attend school in Kentucky — the goal apparently being to advance the political narrative that the boys and their high school are racists.

A photo accompanying the story depicts white students, some wearing all black including makeup on their faces, yelling at an opposing black player during a 2011 basketball game.

The image, a screenshot of a video of the contest, was paired with the headline: “SEE IT: Covington Catholic High students in blackface at past basketball game.”

It’s bad enough that a liberal online mob had already descended upon the students involved in an incident that didn’t happen as reported — the false coverage resulted in downright abhorrent behavior from the left, with the boys being openly threatened with violence. Some even called for their deaths.

And the Daily News was essentially throwing gasoline on a raging fire.

Never mind that the contest was a “blackout game,” where fans dress from head to toe in the color black — in some cases, overly zealous fans will paint their exposed skin black.

Nonetheless, the story remains up.

The Daily News reported:

While the photo’s origins couldn’t be verified, the official Covington Catholic High School YouTube account published a video last January boasting its basketball school spirit, and several clips, including one from 2012, showcase attendees chanting in black face, a mockery of the opposing players. The school took down the video later on Monday.

 

The video, titled “Colonel Crazies Compilation Video,” was on Covington’s YouTube page before being taken down this week. According to the New York Post, at one point in the video, a graphic flashes across the screen saying “Blackout 2011.”

In the face of a social media lynch mob running wild, some users pushed back on the Daily News story, to include Bethany Mandel, a columnist with The Federalist, who didn’t mince her words.

“The fake news with this story continues apace. This is a blackout game you idiots,” she tweeted.

As one social media user sarcastically noted: “The left has uncovered a conspiracy in which fans of a sport paint themselves and mock the opposing team.”

Here’s a sampling of other responses to the irresponsible article that leaves a casual observer to wonder what the Daily News was hoping would result from it.

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