This is not the interview the mainstream media wanted to see.
But it should have the rest of America cheering.
Because the most famous high school junior in America at the moment wasn’t giving an inch.
The “Today” show’s Savannah Guthrie landed Covington Catholic High School junior Nick Sandmann for his first television interview, scheduled to air Wednesday.
When the story first broke, with a video that showed Sandmann and fellow students appearing to harass the Native American, Nathan Phillips, near the Lincoln Memorial on Friday, the students were tarred as racists, a virtual mob that targeted an indigenous demonstrator for no good reason.
When the fuller story emerged, it turned out to be a good deal more complicated than that. Phillips was shown to have actually initiated the confrontation.
In the “Today” show interview, scheduled to air Wednesday, Guthrie asked Sandmann if he thought he owed an apology to anyone for his role in the standoff.
“Do you feel from this experience that you owe anybody an apology? Do you see your own fault in any way?”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 22, 2019
To Sandmann’s credit, the answer was not what liberals were probably looking for, but it would make a world of sense to most sane viewers.
“As far as standing there, I had every right to do so,” the 16-year-old replied.
“My position is that I was not disrespectful to Mr. Phillips. I respect him. I’d like to talk to him.
“I mean, in hindsight, I wish we could’ve walked away and avoided the whole thing. But I can’t say that I’m sorry for listening to him and standing there.”
That’s not how the mainstream media saw this story ending when it first unfolded.
With liberal and conservative commentators denouncing the Covington High boys — and Sandmann in particular — the stage was being set for a national shaming. And the fact that the Covington Catholic students happened to be in town for the March for Life that opposes abortion, could only be icing on the cake.
The prospect of an apology on national television by some white, Catholic, pro-life kid, and one who wore a “Make America Great Again” hat to boot, had to have liberals salivating.
Instead, as the truth has come out in fuller versions, the boys — and Sandman in particular — have been vindicated.
It’s commentators and celebrities – from Hollywood’s Jamie Lee Curtis to the writers at National Review — who are apologizing (at the least the ones who have the decency to).
But Savannah Guthrie still thought it was necessary to ask Sandmann if he owed anyone an apology?
He didn’t give an inch. He didn’t have to.
And the rest of American should be cheering.
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