The Washington Post has corrected its faulty protection of the confrontation between the boys from Covington Catholic and the activist Nathan Phillips on the Lincoln Memorial, two months after publishing the deceptive story.
Admitting that “subsequent reporting, a scholar’s assertion and extra video” both contradicted or did not assist the preliminary story, the belated editors’ be aware acknowledges the Covington boys didn’t taunt, provoke, or stand in the best way of Phillips. It additionally eliminated a tweet quoting Phillips’ declare that they did precisely that, through which the paper falsely refers to the Native American protester as a Vietnam veteran.
The Post’s correction follows a $250 million defamation lawsuit filed by Nick Sandmann, the 16-year-old protagonist of the viral video that impressed the unique story. Like most different mainstream media shops, the Post framed Sandmann and his classmates as instigators and Phillips as a sufferer, specializing in the boys’ “white privilege” and obvious political affiliation with out trying to fact-check the content material of the video or contact the individuals concerned.
Sandmann, his classmates, and their households had been doxxed and obtained loss of life threats because the story unfold throughout social media.
After the full-length video of the confrontation was extensively circulated, exonerating Sandmann and his classmates, a number of of the celebrities and media figures who had demanded the boys’ heads on Twitter apologized. Most did not, and Sandmann’s lawyer Lin Wood mentioned the lawsuit towards the Post is “solely the start,” reportedly sending warning letters to the New York Times, CNN, the Guardian, NPR, and such boldface names as Kathy Griffin, Bill Maher, Elizabeth Warren and Joy Reid, advising them not to destroy any “proof” relating to the case.