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The Washington Post Issues Editor’s Note on Covington Coverage

Mediaite logo Mediaite 3/2/2019 Tamar Auber
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The Washington Post has issued an Editor’s Note on their initial reporting of the incident between Native American activist Nathan Phillips and a group of students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky.

Per the Post:

“Subsequent reporting, a student’s statement and additional video allow for a more complete assessment of what occurred, either contradicting or failing to confirm accounts provided in that story — including that Native American activist Nathan Phillips was prevented by one student from moving on, that his group had been taunted by the students in the lead-up to the encounter, and that the students were trying to instigate a conflict.”

“The high school student facing Phillips issued a statement contradicting his account; the bishop in Covington, Ky., apologized for the statement condemning the students; and an investigation conducted for the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School found the students’ accounts consistent with videos,” the note continued on.

The post then listed follow-up articles that dealt with the developments: “Viral standoff between a tribal elder and a high schooler is more complicated than it first seemed; Kentucky bishop apologizes to Covington Catholic students, says he expects their exoneration; Investigation finds no evidence of ‘racist or offensive statements’ in Mall incident.”

WaPo also corrected a claim made in their reporting that Phillips was a Vietnam Veteran.

“Phillips said he served in the U.S. Marines but was never deployed to Vietnam,” the Post wrote.

They also deleted a tweet claiming that Phillips was a Vietnam Veteran.

The incident was put in the spotlight when video showing students from Covington Catholic High School — including one wearing a MAGA hat — appearing to taunt Phillips went viral.

Longer cuts of the video, however, showed the full context of the incident. The family of student Nicholas Sandmann filed a $250 million defamation lawsuit against the Post.

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