This will be a post on the silly controversy, or a propaganda hit pieces that got circled around by our wonderful unbiased media.
This is one of many that went around. Including BoingBoing whom -- to their credit -- posted a correction today ()
A day after or so... people started posting a counter.
Even I took the first reports as true and ugly. Yeah, a group of teenage boys appear to have behaved like teenage boys, but it isn't obvious they approached anyone to harass them. In fact, the opposite may be true.
Basically if you do nothing you’re still racist because you’re white? Tina Jordan is a hand wringling Leftist who is one of many in the @nytimes staff that is perplexed why her shitty paper is losing money ( I used to be yearly subscriber from ‘80s to mid 2000).
The story gets more interesting. CNN Business reports that the original, shorter video that went viral was posted on Twitter by an account claimed to belong to a California schoolteacher. Its profile photo was not of a schoolteacher, but of a blogger based in Brazil. The account was set up in December 2016 and appeared to be the tweets of a woman named Talia living in California. "Teacher & Advocate. Fighting for 2020," its Twitter bio read. Since the beginning of this year, the account had tweeted on average 130 times a day and had more than 40,000 followers.
After CNN Business brought the account to Twitter's attention, they suspended the account.
The story is a Rorschach test—tell me how you first reacted, and I can probably tell where you live, who you voted for in 2016, and your general take on a list of other issues—but it shouldn’t be. Take away the video and tell me why millions of people care so much about an obnoxious group of high-school students protesting legalized abortion and a small circle of American Indians protesting centuries of mistreatment who were briefly locked in a tense standoff. Take away Twitter and Facebook and explain why total strangers care so much about people they don’t know in a confrontation they didn’t witness. Why are we all so primed for outrage, and what if the thousands of words and countless hours spent on this had been directed toward something consequential?
That Native American is not a Vietnam vet. He lied.
Nathaniel Phillips was enlisted under Nathaniel Richard Stanard. He was enlisted into the USMC Reserves from May 20, 1972 to November 1972 for training. Then he went from 8/12/1974 to May 5, 1976 on Active Duty. Phillips was trained as a Basic Electrician. He was with the 4th Marine Division as a rifleman. He then became a refrigerator mechanic in Nebraska. Phillips went AWOL 3 times during his service in the Marines in May 1975, September 1975, and December 1975.
I thought the biggest sin was how the "critics" went after the TV host, (NBC?) that had the kid on the show for an interview. She was savaged for allowing the kid to be a guest and to respond to what happened.