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.”
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) January 21, 2019
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.
The fake news with this story continues apace. This is a blackout game you idiots. https://t.co/R0zbAMAhl4
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) January 21, 2019
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.
Oh honestly just shut up
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) January 22, 2019
It’s called a Blackout
& it’s a longstanding sports tradition to dress in all black to create an intimidating environment
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) January 22, 2019
Pathetic. Piling on to kids who did nothing wrong. WTF is wrong with you?
— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) January 22, 2019
You fired two good reporters and hired a bunch of amateur scumbags. This is what you are reduced to. Hope your newspapers fades away in the night with thee Journal American.
— The Blue Knight (@DoctorKOH) January 22, 2019
Do your research!!! They painted their entire bodies just like other schools. Check out their school colors you morons!
— Deborah Hernandez (@debhernandez) January 22, 2019
So @FootballUGA fans are racist too because they painted their face & body to be one of their school colors? What has the word come to! This is why Newspapers are becoming obsolete! pic.twitter.com/FS5MHxKQCc
— MATT D (@throwzone2001) January 22, 2019
It comes with a heavy heart I must come forward; once for a Bills game I painted my face to the pattern of Darth Maul’s face. It was incredibly insensitive to show my team spirit in this way. I have let down the entire alien community and I am ashamed. pic.twitter.com/JhE7RvkA7T
— Tom Foolery ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (@BBlehar) January 22, 2019
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