(Fox News) -- Falsehood flew on Friday as pundits, politicians, priests, and the press joined together to smear a group of boys from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky. They seized upon a brief video clip filmed at the National Mall, which showed a Native American activist banging a drum in the face of a teenage student, who endured the confrontation in stillness with an alternately perplexed and bemused smile on his face. The defamers framed the narrative: These teenage boys, many of whom wore hats that read, “Make America Great Again,” had surrounded the peaceful Native American elder Nathan Phillips to taunt and threaten and smirk at him.
Condemnations abounded. Covington Mayor Joe Meyer called the students “appalling.” Presidential candidate and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., praised the Native American for his “dignity and strength” in the face of the teenagers’ “hateful taunts.” CNN’s Reza Aslan asked if anyone had “ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s.” The ostensibly conservative National Review declared, “The Covington students might as well have spit on the Cross.”
Beyond the political realm, censure poured in from on high. Fr. James Martin, a social media-savvy Catholic priest, tweeted that he was “disgusted by the contemptuous laughter of the mass of students.” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Bishop Roger Foys, and other members of the clergy joined Fr. Martin in his reproval. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington threatened to expel the students, whom they condemned before concluding, “The matter is being investigated.”
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