Tucker Carlson delivered a monologue on the Tuesday broadcast of his FOX News show on the rush to judgment of the Covington Catholic students. Carlson reported while the students are recovering from the "smear," there are still some media figures either refusing to apologize or doubling down.
"When CNN anchors publicly defended Antifa more than a year ago, it seemed like they might have misspoken. Maybe they didn’t know what Antifa was. But of course they knew. They knew exactly. Our ruling class has told us they’re fine with punching Nazis. Now, they’ve declared they’re okay with punching children. How long before they’re OK with punching you?" Carlson asked.
TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: For a few hours on Saturday, a group of boys from a Catholic high school in Kentucky became the most hated figures in America. TV anchors called them bigots. Journalists with Harvard degrees denounced them as the embodiment of “privilege.” Republican commentators scolded them as bad Christians. Famous actors suggested they should be hunted down and punched in the face. Some called for them to be killed without mercy.
The boys stood accused of mocking an elderly Vietnam veteran, an American Indian man, and doing it in shadow of the Lincoln Memorial. The story had no inherent news significance. It didn’t mobilize troops or move markets or reopen the government. But as a symbolic event, it’s hard to remember a moment more galvanizing in Washington. As they read their twitter feeds, the leaders of this country were united in rare and solemn agreement: These teenage monsters, these remorseless thugs from our backward provinces, were living of examples of all that is rotten and immoral about America. That was the consensus on Saturday. Pretty much everyone agreed.
Then, suddenly, the Covington Catholic story exploded, popped like an overfilled balloon animal. New footage of the event emerged. It turned out the boys never attacked anyone. They stood in place as others approached and harassed them. People did indeed scream racial epithets at the Lincoln Memorial over the weekend, but it wasn’t Catholic kids from Kentucky. Watch:
BLACK ISRAELITE: This child molesting, faggot priest right there.
BLACK ISRAELITE: That’s “Make America Great Again”! A bunch of child molesting faggots!
BLACK ISRAELITE: Look at all these dusty ass crackers with that racist garbage on. Look at these dirty ass crackers.
BLACK ISRAELITE: A bunch of future school shooters.
BLACK ISRAELITE: A bunch of incest babies! A bunch of babies made out of incest!
BLACK ISRAELITE: The biggest terrorist on the face of the earth is the pale face man, woman and child].
Whatever it is that you just saw, it doesn’t confirm what they were claiming on Twitter. Just the opposite. The official story was a lie. Who knows what would have happened to the boys from Covington Catholic if that tape had never been posted to the internet. They’d probably be living under assumed names by now. Instead, the facts exonerated them, and implicated their accusers. From brunch tables across Washington, reporters rushed to delete their outraged tweets. Some of them even apologized for passing rash judgement. But, amazingly, many others pretended nothing had happened. They didn’t acknowledge the new tape. They kept up their original attacks. Being woke means never having to say you’re sorry.
CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers, for example, now says the boys are still guilty of quote, “disrespecting an indigenous elder.” That would be Nathan Phillips, the man with the now famous drum. There’s growing evidence that Phillips concocted key elements of his story, as well as parts of his own biography, and that’s he done it before. The press isn’t rushing to find out. Kirsten Powers doesn’t seem to care. Nor did she explain how exactly the boys disrespected Phillips. Identity politics doesn’t concern itself with details like these. It’s not about individuals, or what actually happened to specific people on a given day. Identity politics is a set of moral judgements about groups. Some groups are always right, no matter what the tape shows.
Laura Wagner didn’t even bother to look at the tape, any of it. Wagner is a reporter at Deadspin, which used to be a sports site before the revolution began. In an article last night, Wagner described the boys’ behavior at the Lincoln memorial as, quote, “a racially-charged frenzy of barely-restrained violence,” committed by a, quote, “frothing mass of MAGA youth, frenzied and yelling and out of control.” She went on like this, paragraph after paragraph. Anyone who disagrees is a racist.
Keep in mind that there is literally nothing in the documentary record to support any of Wagner’s claims. Every word is made up out of nothing.
Imagine if someone was writing things like that about your son. At Covington Catholic, classes were canceled today. Thanks to people like Laura Wagner, there were too many threats. Here are two seniors from the school:
Sam Schroder: Several media platforms blatantly lied about the events regarding the controversy in D.C. and it has affected as individuals and as a community greatly.
Hillman: There have been many threats against our lives; against our parents. Some of these threats include that we should all be locked in the school and it should be burned to the ground; the school being bombed; school shooting threats.
Sam Schroder: I myself wasn’t even present but I’m very vocal about defending my school and my peers and I have been doxed on three separate occasions.
Hillman There are real consequences for these actions and it all spews from a 30-second clip taken out of a two-hour video out of context and people jumping to conclusions before the full story is released. Nobody did their research and it’s now showing.
You’d think at some point somebody in media-land would wonder how all this is affecting the kids who were falsely accused. But no. There’s no sympathy for Covington Catholic in America’s newsrooms. In the mind of your average reporter in Washington, these kids are from a different country. Less than that actually. A hostile country, a place we must subdue for our own safety.
That attitude accounts for the left’s embrace of violent rhetoric in the age of Trump. When CNN anchors publicly defended Antifa more than a year ago, it seemed like they might have misspoken. Maybe they didn’t know what Antifa was. But of course they knew. They knew exactly. Our ruling class has told us they’re fine with punching Nazis. Now, they’ve declared they’re okay with punching children. How long before they’re OK with punching you?