“The students of Covington Catholic High School are accused of mobbing and mocking a Native American veteran. This incident supports the broader narrative that Trump supporters, religious Americans and young white men are emissaries of racism and toxic masculinity. Then it turns out that the video has been taken wildly out of context and deliberately misinterpreted. Many advocates of the narrative immediately declare that while this incident is a poor example, the overall narrative is true -- and that leaping to conclusions will be justified next time, in order to prove that the overall narrative ought to be taken seriously. The only price: whomever is next maligned without facts.”

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