We’re sorry, Guardian, but the prize for being the first media outlet to find a “conservatives pounce” angle on the Covington Catholic High School/Nathan Phillips incident already went to the Washington Post, which in its attempt to clarify what really went down on the Lincoln Memorial steps alleged that “the Trump Internet pounced” and filled in the gaps in the story.
But Guardian writer Jason Wilson would still like you to applaud his piece because he had to watch a lot of Fox News to write it:
i watched lots of fox news for this please clap https://t.co/6E1JugBV2t
— Jason Wilson (@jason_a_w) January 23, 2019
OK, so what is this parallel reality that conservatives created? Is it the same parallel reality in which Phillips was serving in the Vietnam War and was spit on by hippies when he returned from overseas?
On Wednesday morning, [Nicholas] Sandmann got almost nine minutes of airtime on a national breakfast program to make his case, after his family hired a Republican-linked PR firm.
In making this happen, conservative media have normalized the boys’ aggressive form of political expression, and tried to further discredit both fact-oriented media and high-profile liberals. Media outlets have been effectively gaslighted, and many climbed down from coverage which was based on the most clear and obvious interpretation of the boys chanting, making gestures and making tomahawk chops.
What it tells us is that in 2019, conservatives understand they can construct a parallel reality and have it accepted. They can act in bad faith and prevail, using tried and tested tactics that liberal media continue to fall for.
Wait up … there’s a “liberal media”? Not the Guardian, though.
But seriously, folks: Take a look at how the liberal media has framed the story and made it one of white male privilege.
Incredible piece, in the fact it ignores the racist abuse aimed by the black activists, the taunts by Philips group as they approached the boys. The obvious falsehoods in Philips original report that all areas of the media completely bought. How can you be so one sided!
— PastaSteve1875 (@PalatineSteve) January 23, 2019
So you don’t think reality had anything to do with the collapse of the media’s initial narrative?
— William Lawson PhD 🌈 (@WIlliamLawsonIV) January 23, 2019
Yeah the left would never spread disinformation and try to manipulate narratives with the help of PR companies like Christine Ford did. You declared a jihad against a child for doing nothing illegal and now you're outraged that he dared defend himself against the accusations.
— Asteris Yiannopoulos 🇬🇷 (@Asteri_diastima) January 23, 2019
The Guardian has totally lost touch with reality with which they had only a tenuous relationship to begin with. Sad. They have, on rare occasion, done some good reporting. This makes me wonder if that is a thing of the past and gone forever.
— KCTaz (@KCTaz) January 23, 2019
Holy shit this piece is something. Jason takes zero responsibility for the left wing media’s failings & says, “conservative media have normalized the boys’ aggressive form of political expression, and tried to further discredit both fact-oriented media and high-profile liberals.” https://t.co/4Be6YAdbCR
— Phetasy (@BridgetPhetasy) January 23, 2019
— StevieAF (@MsStevieAF) January 23, 2019
The projection is palpable. pic.twitter.com/vLYBSreI6g
— شَاب نَشِيط حرام (@BuckoHaram) January 23, 2019
What garbage. pic.twitter.com/ODYYU1yLcO
— Lee Doren (@LDoren) January 23, 2019
It was the other videos that transformed the conversation.
Probably the fact that Nathan Phillips was caught in several lies
I mean the original story was that these kids mobbed up on this unsuspecting guy
Not that this guy decided to go bang his drum in a kid's face
— Maester Magoo (@Maestermagoo) January 23, 2019
Is this satire? I honestly can’t tell.
— finman (@finman2010) January 23, 2019
so it's constructing a "parallel reality" to point out that the kids were waiting for bus after attending March for Life, that the only insults were hurled by four or five black men, and Mr Phillips approached the kids, not the other way around.
— Coachie Woachie (@Xfourpatts) January 23, 2019
Good lord how far gone does one have to be to believe this shit? A whole lot of us have time to watch the whole, unedited video, and have. I didn't know you before, but now I only know you as a liar. I guess this is going to get me blocked, but that just means fewer lies for me!
— _s2 (@LUMINOU_s2) January 23, 2019
What if it's the left who have constructed a parallel reality? 🤔
— Berz (@woolool) January 23, 2019
Perhaps you should have watched that "two hour" video" and tried to match Phillips' several versions of the story to it, and then the kids version and see which one was more accurate. (As I did.) You probably won't bother though.
— P. Dawg Knight 🇺🇸🇳🇬🇮🇪 (@PDawgKnight) January 23, 2019
Yeah it's a bugger how the truth and facts transforms the story into something completely different from what was originally reported…
— Mostly-Metal (@Metal_Mick_) January 23, 2019
If you got a clap for every mistruth you spin in this article you’d get a huge round of applause.
— Tony Matthews (@drtonymatthews) January 23, 2019
Wow, Jason, I’m not a republican, but that was a terrible piece. You clearly have either refused to accept what you see in the videos or you haven’t watched them. It shouldn’t be a right vs left issue – this is rational vs irrational and you are acting irrational.
— chris eeessahhh (@issapunk) January 23, 2019
The media made them into pariahs. They should be ashamed.
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) January 23, 2019
This whole incident is a wonderful example of your fellow minions of the left making total asses of themselves by totally misrepresenting the actual events to support their false narrative #owngoalplusfaceplant
— Iain Hall (@theiainhall) January 23, 2019
😂Like conservatives pulled some trick. All they had to do was sit, wait for the facts, and watch millions of heroes jump the gun and doxx and threaten the kids, making them legitimate victims of legitimate crimes. So much easier than your piece makes it out to be.
— Tootnanny (@tootnanny) January 23, 2019
Looks like you just ignored the evidence, and justified your insane bias. Clap for yourself.
— Wayne Vinson (@WayneVinson5) January 23, 2019
It must have been a shame to see the original media narrative fall apart, what with all those triggering MAGA hats involved.
Washington Post learns nothing from Covington reporting, says ‘the Trump Internet pounced’ https://t.co/YFCf8qaj8t
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 23, 2019