Patricia Heaton wants reckless press to give wronged students more than empty apologies to make up for damages

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Liberal zealots, to include many in Hollywood, have been provoked into downright outrageous behavior by the non-story of MAGA hat-wearing Catholic high school kids mocking a Native American veteran on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

The national media has whipped the nation into a frenzy over an incident it got completely wrong, resulting in the children being threatened online with violence and unhinged actress/activist Alyssa Milano claiming that President Trump’s supporters are members of the Ku Klux Klan.

But among the voices of reason is actress Patricia Heaton, who called the media out for its highly irresponsible actions.

As more information came to light and it was clear the incident did not happen as was initially reported, apologies flowed from those desperately out to save face after jumping to conclusions in condemning the students from Covington Catholic High School, in Kentucky.

Never mind that the lives of the students were all but ruined in a mob-like rush to judgement. In a series of tweets, Heaton pointed out that the damage done to these students “cannot be undone.”

“I’m seeing what I believe to be sincere apologies from some journalists and verified media persons regarding their lack of professionalism in rushing to judgement re the #CovingtonCatholic situation,” the actress began.

“These apologies are welcome and necessary, but they don’t address the damage that cannot be undone which was inflicted upon young people who are about to embark on adulthood – applying to colleges, looking for employment, etc.”

She correctly identified the media’s actions as “reckless behavior” that will “forever” smear innocent children.

Even worse, Heaton noted there’ll be “nary a consequence” for the perpetrators of this “destruction.”

“These young people will forever have these smears follow them through their life every time they proffer their resume with the word “Covington” on it,” she wrote. “It will also affect anyone who ever has or ever will attend that school. The damage is incalculable.”

“And yet those who perpetrated this destruction, no matter how unintended, are still at their jobs, with nary a consequence for their reckless behavior,” Heaton continued.

Heaton, who may be best known for her role in the CBS sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” made an audacious suggestion — that those who unfairly dumped on the high school boys actually face discipline from their employers. Otherwise, apologies ring empty.

Imagine that, journalists being held accountable. Perish the thought!

But the actress didn’t stop there. In a show of just how egregious this whole incident has been for the students, she suggested the boys should see “compensatory action.”

“It seems to me that an apology without some kind of accompanying action which speaks to the seriousness of their transgression – a suspension from work, some loss of pay – renders any apology empty,” Heaton tweeted.

“Some kind of compensatory action would go a long way in signaling their recognition of the seriousness of their transgression and help to restore what’s left of the public’s very fragile trust in their reputations as trustworthy journalists,” she concluded.

And just to show you just how sharp Heaton is, she followed her Twitter rant up with this solitary offering: “However, I don’t believe this will happen.”


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