A Viral Video, Outrage, Then Things Got Complicated - Page 2

It was like a 'Rorschach test,' says one observer of the initial reaction
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2019 3:23 PM CST

  • Those chants: Critics of the teens pointed to their MAGA hats and accused them of chanting "Build the wall" and such, giving the incident an immediate political shorthand, which boiled down to: These kids are privileged racists. The problem is no such chants are heard in the videos that have surfaced, reports the Washington Post. The teens say they did rowdy school chants, the type they'd do at football games, to drown out taunts being sent their way. Sandmann says they got the permission of an adult supervisor with the group before doing them. The students, however, also did a mocking tomahawk chop and war whoops during the standoff.
  • Counter-view: At the Cut, Hunter Hooligan writes that he attended the Indigenous Peoples’ March (of which Phillips was a part) and he says that he and others felt threatened by the teens. He contrasts their "disgusting" behavior with that of Phillips, describing it as "a lesson in perseverance, resilience, and dedication." By contrast, Kyle Smith at the National Review makes the case that Phillips flat-out lied about what happened, and the media bought it.
  • From the right: Conservative critics are lambasting the initial media coverage, saying the mainstream press was quick to jump on an anti-Trump narrative. "I understand that the news business in the age of social media is a competitive rush to publish and beat everyone else to the scoop," writes Jazz Shaw at Hot Air. "But you have a choice of either waiting to be sure you got the story right or jumping down the rabbit hole with everyone else."
  • Walking it back: Organizers of the anti-abortion March for Life, which drew the teens to DC in the first place, initially criticized them in a tweet. But the group later retracted it, writing that "it is clear from new footage and additional accounts that there is more to this story than the original video captured. We will refrain from commenting further until the truth is understood."
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