The video that Pappas retweeted was deceptively edited and it was common knowledge by the time of Pappas’ tweet that it was Fake News:
This next tweet came after Pappas’. I include it because Soave’s article is thorough and fair. Unlike Pappas’ tweet.
I’ll try to be as succinct as possible. The Covington Catholic students had attended the March for Life and were waiting for their ride. While they waited, for over an hour they were subjected to incessant racist, homophobic, and bigoted verbal abuse by members of the bizarre religious sect Black Hebrew Israelites, who were lurking nearby.
Phillips, the American Indian pictured above, and his companions then marched into the students. What followed was several minutes of confusion: The teens couldn’t quite decide whether Phillips was on their side or not, but tentatively joined in his chanting. It’s not at all clear this was intended as an act of mockery rather than solidarity.
One student did not get out of Phillips way as he marched, and gave the man a hard stare and a smile … I have no idea what he was thinking, but portraying this as an example of obvious, racially-motivated hate is a stretch. Maybe he simply had no idea why this man was drumming in his face, and couldn’t quite figure out the best response? It bears repeating that Phillips approached him, not the other way around.
The Covington Catholic students have received numerous apologies from journalists and pubic figures who denounced them based on the deceptively edited video and Philips’ untrue account of the episode. As far as I can tell, Chris Pappas had not apologized at the time of this post.