Though the original telling of the Covington Catholic story has been thoroughly debunked, NBC News is still attacking the school. The Washington Post, which helped generate the controversy, has gone back to a “Trump supporters pounce” narrative. Joy Behar is admitting people rushed to judgment because they want Trump gone.
The media, at a time the President calls them the enemy of the people, decided to try to prove him right. They ran and are still running attacks on Covington Catholic and its students all while giving a pretend surgical exam to why the story went askew. Few reporters want to admit they were responsible. Even fewer want to admit it was because of biases against conservatives and, in particular, MAGA cap wearing white guys. The Washington Post piece designed to cover how the story went wrong is getting rave reviews from reporters, but reads more to assuage themselves of their guilt than a serious analysis of how the press screwed up. And that’s the point — the press wants absolution for screwing up without any actual repentance. “Trump supporters pounced” — that’s it. That’s why it all went wrong.
The media more often than not takes a wait and see approach when it comes to progressive scandal and even then tries to downplay actual progressive scandal. Just consider the New York Times ran a glowing profile of a freshman member of Congress and never once addressed her ongoing and blatant anti-Semitism. Or consider how the media dragged its feet on covering the anti-Semitism of the Women’s March.
But a selectively edited video of white boys wearing MAGA hats? CHARGE!!!!!
If the media won’t hold itself accountable and won’t honestly examine its own biases, they’re going to lose people like me who have been willing to defend the media as a whole. They’re going to lose the fight for the hearts of the people they depend on. They will actually be thought of as the enemy of the people because they are so at war with truth.