Why was the mainstream media so quick to condemn the boys of Covington Catholic High School as racist before the facts were revealed? Just ask Joy Behar of “The View.”
The liberal co-host was taking part in a panel discussion about how the media had to retract their stories after more video footage showed what really happened during a confrontation between young participants in the March for Life rally and the Indigenous Peoples March last weekend.
“So the school kids were blamed for being the aggressors, but then the extended footage was released that showed a group of Black Israelites mocking the kids and the Native Americans,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg said.
The Black Hebrew Israelites is a known hate group, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which says the group believes that black slaves brought to America are direct descendants of the original Israelites, warns that extremists in the group are “becoming more militant.”
The SPLC added that the movement’s extremists also “believe that Jews are devilish impostors,” and they “openly condemn whites as evil personified, deserving only death or slavery.” A full, one-hour-and-46-minute video of the extremists’ verbal barrage against the Native American and high school groups is so full of crude language and racial and anti-gay slurs that it cannot be bleeped out enough to be displayed directly here.
As the Hebrew Israelites screamed at the Covington boys — some of whom were wearing MAGA hats — for over an hour, the high schoolers responded initially by ignoring them as they waited for their bus arrive. Other groups were also present on the plaza in front of the Lincoln Memorial, including a group of high school girls, and debated with the Hebrew Israelites as well.
As the extremist group approached the Covington school boys, the students tried to have a peaceful dialogue with them. When that didn’t work, they loudly recited their school spirit chant instead to drown them out.
Finally, Native American elder Nathan Phillips started chanting and beating a drum, reportedly as part of a prayer for peace. When he got up right in the face of Nick Sandmann, the student stood there saying nothing as many of his schoolmates chanted along with Phillips and continued to drown out the Hebrew Israelites. Unfortunately, only a short video clip of that moment in the confrontation went viral and was eagerly taken out of context to paint Sandmann and his Trump-supporting classmates as hateful.
After showing a different clip of the foul-mouthed extremists, Goldberg said, “So, many people made snap judgments before these other facts came in. But is it that we instantly say ‘that’s what it is’ based on what we see in that moment? And then have to walk stuff back when it turns out we’re wrong.”
“Why do we keep making the same mistake?” she asked.
“Because we’re desperate to get Trump out office,” Behar stunningly admitted.
Rather than gasping in horror that the liberal co-host had just given up the game for the entire anti-Trump news industry, the audience reacted strangely. They laughed and cheered.
As Goldberg struggled to pick up the pieces of the blown-apart liberal narrative, Behar continued, saying, “I think that that’s the reason. I think the press jumps the gun a lot because we have so much circumstantial evidence against this guy [Trump] that we’re basically hoping that [Michael] Cohen’s got the goods and what-have-you.”
“So, it’s wishful thinking,” she concluded.