A rather disturbing video emerged last weekend at a rally showing a group of teenagers wearing MAGA hats (make America great again) surrounding a Native American man beating a drum. It was reported that this man was a Vietnam vet and the video seemed to suggest the teenagers were harassing this man. Only small clips of the video went viral and one could conclude from watching that these young adults were just out to cause trouble. To make matters worse, they were wearing MAGA hats which ties them to being supporters of President Trump. And of course, let’s not forget other factors that just added fuel to the fire. They were mostly white students attending a Christian Catholic high school which only added to the evil perception of these students.
Without hesitation, several media outlets across the country picked up on this story and reported on the video, or should I say small clips of the video. It was a golden opportunity for outlets to finally prove to the rest of us what they have been reporting and commenting on for months, that these students represent a typical racist Trump supporter and the video clips shows it. I saw numerous comments on social media of people coming to this conclusion as well as many news commentators. But didn’t you just get the feeling that there was more to this story than the short video clip? I certainly did and fortunately a few journalists dug deeper and found more to the story than what was shown.
It now turns out that these students were approached by the Native American man who was not quite the war veteran that was first reported. They were not the instigators which the short clip seemed to suggest. A longer version of the video painted an entirely different version of the events. The students were actually the victims of a hate filled group that was also at the rally. Racist words were being thrown at the students by this group. Funny how that was left out of the initial reporting! It is not clear why the Native American man approached the students. Perhaps he wanted to help defuse the situation. A further review of a longer portion of the video, the students were in no ways guilty of any wrong doing. The real culprits were the hate group. The students were victims of just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I find it extremely disappointing that many journalists had this story so wrong at the beginning and failed to follow-up on the longer version of the video. As I mentioned earlier, it was their big chance to stick it to the President and his followers with a totally fake and misleading news story. Their irresponsible reporting has now almost ruined the lives of several good young students who were just out at a pro-life rally exercising their right to free speech and expression. If I ran a news outlet which ran this fake news story, I would hold those responsible who did the reporting. They deserve to be fired or even sued. That also includes those so-called news commentators who went on national television to bash these students. This story clearly was an effort to enhance a political agenda and it failed miserably. I hope those who felt the need to bash poor innocent students can get help removing the egg off their faces! Please do a little more investigating in the future!
Unfortunately in this day and age, that is what news is becoming all about. It is nothing more than to serve a journalist’s or journalists own political agenda. Especially when it is about President Donald Trump. Yes, fake news is alive and well today and this story clearly demonstrates why we as the general public need to be very careful about what to believe.
It is not uncommon for news stories these days to be filled with tons of negativity. Turn on your news and you will see exactly what I mean. On a typical newscast, you will probably see politicians fighting with each other or stories about horrific crimes. Lately, natural disasters have made the news with wildfires and hurricanes. If you are a pessimist, you might think the world is coming to an end. A story came out the other day which started as just another depressing news story and ended with a very happy ending that brought tears and joy to a number of people. A missing young teenage girl from Wisconsin was found safe a few days ago.
The story started about 3 months ago in a small town in Wisconsin about 90 miles from the Twin Cities. A man and his wife were found murdered in their home one morning and their 13 year old teenage daughter was missing in the aftermath. The story started as a huge local story and slowly gained national attention in the days after. Anytime you have a missing child, it is a very big deal. No trace of the missing girl was spotted. It was a huge mystery. Where was the girl? Like many folks, I just assumed that this was another story of a tragic child abduction that does not end well. In the last month, the story pretty much fizzled out.
Last week, the story resurfaced in a very dramatic way. The young girl was found alive in an area about an hour from the crime scene. She had escaped her captors and ran up to a woman who was walking her dog pleading for help. Authorities were called and the young girl, Jayme Closs is finally safe.
I think I joined many people, not only locally, but nationally in shedding a tear when this story broke. For a few months, many of us had been praying for Jayme’s safe return. Our prayers were answered! I am also inspired by how brave Jayme was in breaking free from her captors who killed her parents. That took a ton of courage and guts from such a young person. By the way, her captors are now in custody.
I know many of these similar stories do not always end up as well. Children are unjustly kidnapped everyday in this country and the world and many are lost forever or killed. This story just shows that the prayers can be answered and we can have a little bit of positivity every so often in this very negative world. I join many people in wishing the best for Jayme Closs. She is one special young individual.