CNN's Briggs: MAGA Hat 'Caused an Overreaction' by D.C. Protesters

NewsBusters | 1/21/2019 | Staff
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On Monday's Early Start, as CNN caught up on informing viewers about how the infamous exchange between MAGA hat-wearing Kentucky high school students and Native American protester Nathan Phillips began, co-host Dave Briggs seemed unconvinced with Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann denying that he had taunted the Native American activist and war veteran as Briggs also blamed the presence of MAGA hats for "causing an overreaction" by protesters.

During the two-hour show, a full report of almost four minutes by correspondent Sara Sidner ran three times in which she recalled Sandmann's side of the story as he asserted that he stood calmly and smiled to try to "defuse the situation" after Phillips approached and stood near him while beating his drum.

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Sidner also showed clips of several black religious activists taunting the high school students and their MAGA hats which sparked the tense interaction. At 5:11 a.m. Eastern, after Sidner's report ended, Briggs commented: "The MAGA hats clearly caused an overreaction by everyone on both sides."

The CNN host then showed doubts about whether Sandmann really was being respectful with his facial...
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