USA Today Publishes Outdated Smear Story on 'Beastly' Covington Kids

NewsBusters | 1/21/2019 | Staff
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USA Today acknowledged online on Twitter early on Monday that the viral first take on Covington Catholic students for "attacking" a Native American activist in Washington is unraveling: "The longer version of the incident is more complex, and now that it has surfaced, the rush to judge the teenagers is coming under attack." This tweet at 1:35 Eastern time is their latest Covington tweet as of 4 pm Eastern time on Monday.

Unfortunately, that "rush to judge" is still right there in their Monday newspaper on page 3A under the headline:

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Detroit Free Press reporter Niraj Warikoo began their story:

For years, Native American advocate Nathan Phillips of metro Detroit has been fighting for the rights of indigenous people.

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On Friday, his battle gained national attention, as social media videos captured his standoff with a group of taunting Catholic school students in the nation's capital.

Warikoo ran a bunch of Phillips quote smearing the teenagers as "beastly" haters:

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"They were in the process of attacking these four black individuals," Phillips said. "I was there and I was witnessing all of this ... As this kept on going on and escalating, it just got to a point where you do something or you walk away, you know? You see something that is wrong and you're faced with that choice of right or wrong. "

Phillips said some of the members of the Black Hebrew group were also acting up, "saying some harsh things" and that one member spit in the direction of the Catholic students. "So I put myself in between that, between a rock and hard place," he said.

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But then, the crowd of mostly male students turned their anger towards Phillips.

"There was that moment when I realized I've...
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