Mainstream media may not be done blaming the Covington Catholic High School students just yet for a widely publicized incident at the Lincoln Memorial.
The facts exonerated the teenagers who were at the memorial, in a group, waiting for a bus. As they waited, a group of Black Hebrew Israelites shouted racial slurs and other bigoted comments. (Don’t hear much on mainstream media about that). The Covington Catholic boys were then approached by Native American activist Nathan Phillips who told mainstream media he feared for his life.
After initially blaming the students, some mainstream media outlets retracted their stories. During an interview with Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie asked him if he wanted to apologize for the incident.
From BizPac Review:
In an interview set to run Wednesday morning, Nick Sandmann, the Covington Catholic High School student involved in the confrontation with a Native American activist that has swept the nation by storm, was asked if he owes anyone an apology.
The high school junior’s answer gives Americans reason to hope that all may not be lost in post-Obama America.
While it may be debatable why Sandmann and his family would dare trust NBC in what is sure to be a highly watched interview, co-anchor Savannah Guthrie asked the young teen about remorse or whether he was at fault in an incident that much of the media got completely wrong.
Guthrie asked, “Do you feel from this experience that you owe anybody an apology? Do you see your own fault in any way?”
The teenager accurately said that he had every right to remain where he was and stand up to the harassment. Sandmann admitted though, in hindsight, his group probably should have left the aggressors to avoid any situation from happening in the first place.
“As far as standing there, I had every right to do so,” Sandmann answered. “My position is that I was not disrespectful to Mr. Phillips. I respect him. I’d like to talk to him. In hindsight, I wish we would have walked away and avoided the whole thing.”
Criticism of the innocent teenager continued after the interview.
Check out what CNN contributor Symone Sanders said about a 15-year-old:
Geesh… People online quickly came to the student’s defense: