Barnes Attacks High School Students Despite the Story Being Discredited
January 22, 2019
[Madison, WI] – Yesterday, Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes used an MLK Day event to spread fake news about a widely reported-on viral confrontation between a group of high school students and a Native American protester. Despite numerous reports that shed new light on the incident, including the protester changing his story, Barnes still chose to spread misinformation to fit his hyper-partisan agenda. Once again Barnes is focused more on scoring political points than he is on demonstrating real leadership.
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Barnes Pushes Discredited Lincoln Memorial Confrontation Narrative
January 22, 2019
Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes employed a now discredited narrative of a confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial Friday during a Martin Luther King Day event at the UW-Madison Campus Monday.The confrontation was between a Native-American elder and students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky.
By Sunday, major news organizations, including the New York Times and USA today were reporting that a fuller picture of the complexity and nature of the conflict was emerging; the result of a much longer video recording of events.
Yet, in addressing the MLK Day event, Barnes’ comments seemed informed only by the earlier reporting; as if the additional Sunday reporting had never happened. “Because unfortunately America can still be a mob of high school students wearing red hats, inspired by what they see in the nation’s highest office. The audacity of surrounding and taunting a native American Vietnam war veteran.”
Mandela then repeated the name of the man involved in the conflict, Nathan Phillips, three times, calling him an American hero. In the additional reporting, Phillips acknowledged that it was he who first approached the students. Barnes then said, “the audacity of those high school children yelling ‘build the wall’ is convenient ignorance.”
Media Trackers found no media accounts confirming that students chanted “build the wall.”
By Sunday, the emergence of the longer video and numerous witness accounts forced the media to concede that the Saturday narrative was incomplete at best, and discredited at worst. On Monday, in Madison, Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes still appeared to be living in Saturday.
Twitter suspended an account on Monday afternoon that helped spread a controversial encounter between a Native American elder and a group of high school students wearing Make America Great Again hats, CNN Business reported Tuesday.
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