NBC Sets Up Covington Again: Say Gay Kid's Speech Banned. Turns Out He Went to Different School


The establishment media is intent on smearing on Covington Catholic High School and its students. Now, even after reporters have been widely called out for inaccurate and harmful reporting, NBC is still doing their best to take down the school.

The news organization recently published a deceiving social media post which implied that Covington Catholic was anti-gay.

“A gay student who was barred by the Covington diocese from speaking at his 2018 graduation, is ‘not surprised’ by the Covington Catholic High School video,” NBC tweeted on Tuesday.

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The tweet links to an NBC article entitled, “Gay valedictorian banned from speaking at Covington graduation ‘not surprised’ by D.C. controversy.”

Wow. Sounds like Covington Catholic High School, the same school that spawned those MAGA-hat wearing racists, banned a valedictorian from speaking at his own graduation because he was gay.

At least, that’s what I got from this headline. The details of NBC’s article, however, tell a different story.

First of all, the NBC-identified “gay valedictorian” didn’t go to Covington Catholic High School. Considering that’s the school currently all over the news, one might reasonably assume from the headline that he did.

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The student, Christian Bales, went to Holy Cross High School, a different school within the Covington Catholic diocese.

It’s true that he wasn’t allowed to give a speech at his graduation, but there’s no evidence to suggest that this is because he’s openly gay. According to NBC, the student council president also wasn’t allowed to give his speech at graduation.

The decision came from the diocese, not the school. According to NBC, a spokesperson for the Diocese of Covington said the two students’ speeches weren’t submitted on time to be given during the ceremony.

The spokesperson also said the speeches “were political and inconsistent with the teaching of the Catholic Church.”

Bales and the other student chose to give their speeches on the school’s lawn after the official ceremony.  Bales reportedly spoke about last year’s shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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NBC apparently asked Bales if he thought he wasn’t allowed to give a speech at the ceremony because he’s gay, to which he responded, “I honestly have no idea, because what I’ve been taught about the Catholic faith is that it’s about love and tolerance and acceptance of all people.”

NBC then gave Bales a venue to bash a school he’d never attended.  Bales told NBC he was “not surprised at all” about last week’s debacle involving Covington Catholic students.

Clips from the incident have gone viral, with many initially denouncing the boys as aggressive white supremacists. Much of the media has since backtracked a little as more video footage emerged which didn’t support this claim.

It’s possible that Bales was commenting on the initial inaccurate reporting when he told NBC, “It was only a matter of time that something this school community did would blow up to this degree, and I think they need to be held accountable.”

NBC also gave Bales the space to claim that Covington Catholic is “notorious for being a not-well-disciplined school.”

So NBC found a student from a different school and interviewed him as if he were an authority on the inner workings of Covington Catholic High School.  Why would they do so, unless they were trying to build the negative narrative against the school?

This is not the fault of sloppy reporting, or a moment-by-moment story that missed some facts.  After jumping the gun last week, NBC is being more careful this time. This story is a deliberate attempt to mislead people and smear Covington Catholic High School.

The fact that one of the the Big Three news organizations is running articles under such misleading headlines is disturbing — and it shows just how biased the establishment media has become.

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Karista Baldwin studied constitutional law, politics and criminal justice.
Karista Baldwin has studied constitutional law, politics and criminal justice. Before college, she was a lifelong homeschooler in the "Catholic eclectic" style.
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