The incident between Covington Catholic high schoolers and Native Americans beating a drum was strongly misreported by much of the media, holds Michael Brendan Dougherty of National Review. Many outlets pounced upon the story and covered the incident in a way that fit pre-conceived notions while deviating from the truth. The apparent malice of the students was embellished, only to be proven wrong when new video evidence painted a very different picture. The Native Americans confronted the students, not the other way around. The mainstream media needs to take a look at itself and re-evaluate its reporting standards.
While video footage of the exchange between a Native American man and students of Covington Catholic high school shows mixed messages, personal accounts back up the narrative that the boys were aiming to provoke, suggests Jenn Morson of CNN. They are clearly seen mocking and laughing at Nathan Phillips, the Native America with a drum, gathered around him. One witness reported hearing chants of “build that wall,” which carries inflammatory connotations. The wearing of “Make America Great Again” hats conveyed agreement with the president’s anti-immigrant stances. While this story has many sides, the boys’ provocations were clear.