The New York Times threw a Native American group under the bus after The Times published blatantly false information about Nathan Phillips’ Vietnam service.
After brief footage surfaced of the encounter between Native American activist Nathan Phillips and students from Covington Catholic High School, the media immediately sided with Phillips, dubbing him a peacemaker and good Samaritan.
The Times also reported that he is a “Native American veteran of the Vietnam War.”
They were Catholic high school students who came to Washington on a field trip to rally at the March for Life.
He was a Native American veteran of the Vietnam War who was there to raise awareness at the Indigenous Peoples March. https://t.co/W2UrvWggx9
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 20, 2019
But the outlet’s characterization of Phillips as a Vietnam War veteran seeking to raise awareness for Native American issues fell flat on its face.
In reality, Phillips was never deployed to Vietnam. He apparently served in the military during that time, but never actually fought in the war.
So, The Times issued a correction but in doing so still refused to take responsibility for their mistake. Instead, the outlet placed the blame elsewhere — namely the Indigenous Peoples Movement.
“Correction: This previous tweet, and an earlier version of this article, using information from the Indigenous Peoples Movement, gave an incorrect description of Nathan Phillips’s military service,” The Times tweeted Tuesday.
Correction: This previous tweet, and an earlier version of this article, using information from the Indigenous Peoples Movement, gave an incorrect description of Nathan Phillips’s military service. https://t.co/4VHRN0MaLw pic.twitter.com/wip6ypmXcy
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 22, 2019
It’s incredible, though not entirely unpredictable, to see The Times do a 180 and blame Native Americans after characterizing the high school kids as people who don’t respect Native Americans.
The left-wing paper desperately wanted to seem like they were defending the downtrodden, oppressed Native Americans but ended up throwing them under the bus when it was convenient.
The Times should take full responsibility for its incorrect reporting. As the outlet acknowledged, even Phillips was careful to say he “served during Vietnam” rather than saying he’s a Vietnam War veteran.
It’s also important to note that The Times wasn’t the only media outlet to publish misinformation about Phillips’ service. The Washington Post also had to issue a correction.
The establishment media is reaching new lows with each passing day.
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