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By Timothy Gordon
Yes, secular media, you failed the "Covington Catholic test," especially at outfits like The Atlantic (whose expression I lifted) and The Washington Post. Moronic, pseudo-literate situational analogies by such outfits to "Rorschach tests" and "morality plays" have belied the extent to which all of you on the Left wanted to "confirm your biases," as Tucker Carlson said this weekend. That is, you wanted it quite a bit.
The easily impressed and the easily fooled together consumed these wayward (and maudlin) analogies. They did so with the unconcealed hunger of the overfed lapdog, whose gustatory sensibilities are no more refined than its moral ones.
By itself, none of this concerns me. It is written in the stars that the mainstream strongholds and purveyors of fake news will advance their deuced assault on Catholic Christian American morality at every opportunity. These are simply the stakes of the game. Biased news reporting from progressive journalists is not news at all, just as "dog bites man" is not news. It's all part of the dim phantasmagoria of American life in 2019. None of it is peachy.
Conversely, only "man bites dog" counts as veritable news; the equivalent to this in terms of the Covington Catholic debacle played out on Saturday and early Sunday, as so-called conservatives sounded off to the tune that Nick Sandmann — who was accosted by Nathan Phillips — had done something wrong. This is what concerns me.
Even at a first blush, he did nothing wrong.
Gullible conservatives and even pliant orthodox Catholics jumped onto the lynch mob's bandwagon, condemning Sandmann's behavior in what is now known as "the first video." Then, more footage came out. The narrative seems to be that the second clip gives a different — even an opposite — aspect to the story. This is nonsense. Sandmann has been and always was the forbearing victim (and pro-life champion, I'll add).
Nonetheless, on this errant basis, many "fairminded" conservatives have issued impotent, useless, guarded apologies to Mr. Sandmann — ones which neither explain what he's now supposed to do with a continent's worth of threats and hate mail, nor whatever supposedly he did wrong in that first video. The mob never bothers to ask.
An impotent apology is the best that can be made, one supposes, because just how does one apologize for having such pitifully impoverished instincts as not to furnish the benefit of the doubt to a pro-life youth who attends the March for Life on his weekend? We conservatives — and especially we conservative Catholics — eat our own; no shelter for the moderately heroic.
I'll say it. Flatly, only dupes think smirking calmly in the face of a belligerent old liar with a drum is some breach of decency — soft, cowardly dupes, I mean. Thus, the mantra about the "shameful" first video fails to exculpate conservatives who threw Sandmann and his friends under the bus: shamefulness requires a measure of shame, it would seem.
A measure of shame is now required in American life. At this juncture, racism has returned to our shores (just watch the new videos of the African Israelite scumbags who utter pure vileness — without public outcry); sexism has burned with effeminate fire until now, it scorches all it touches; hateful anti-Catholicism never left these shores.
It is now the duty of all people of good will promptly to expel these scourges and to defend their victims from invidious hatemongers who have infiltrated our country and our Church.
Please watch Wednesday's TnT podcast, "Covington Boys: Assault on Pro-Life Catholic Young Men," with me and Dr. Taylor Marshall on his YouTube channel at 12 CST.