While many in the media are either trying to erase their roles in propagating the false narrative about the Covington Catholic students or doubling down on the lies, a handful of them are apologizing for having jumped the gun.

But in Patricia Heaton’s mind, apologies are akin to putting a Band-Aid on a gaping wound. What happened to the students deserves much more than apologies:

Well said.

True story. But will the people who need to hear her message the most even listen to what she has to say?

Sadly, she’s probably right. Time and time again, we’ve seen the media make colossal mistakes with far-reaching consequences. We’ve seen people’s lives endangered by a zealous drive to advance a narrative. And we’ve seen them get off without so much as a slap on the wrist. Why should this time be any different?