The media were quick to take the account of Native American protester Nathan Phillips as truth after a video of his exchange with a group of Trump-supporting Covington Catholic High School students went viral.
The claim that the students surrounded him and intimidated quickly fell apart after the full video of the incident emerged, but now details about Phillips himself are being called into question.
The Washington Post issued a huge correction to its story on Tuesday after they first labeled Phillips a veteran of the Vietnam War. Apparently, he never actually fought in the war.
“Earlier versions of this story incorrectly said that Native American activist Nathan Phillips fought in the Vietnam War,” the Post’s correction states. “Phillips served in the U.S. Marines from 1972 to 1976 but was never deployed to Vietnam.”
The New York Times also incorrectly described Phillips as a “Native American veteran of the Vietnam War.”
Conservative Review has a list of other media outlets also running the false information:
“CNN has run misleading chyrons, and its on-air broadcasts have described Phillips as a Vietnam War veteran.
BuzzFeed, Slate, the BBC, HuffPost, and many others described him as a ‘Vietnam War veteran.’
USA Today went with ‘Vietnam veteran.’
Vogue falsely claimed that Phillips ‘served as an infantryman in the Vietnam War.’”
Countless other journalists and personalities made the same erroneous claim.
Fact-checking seems to be a thing of the past for the media.
It’s no wonder President Donald Trump calls them “fake news.”