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The Covington incident: activism, and how to provoke and shape a story
NEO ^ | 1/22/2019 | Neo

Posted on 01/22/2019 4:28:02 PM PST by RightGeek

One of the most interesting posts I’ve seen since the whole Covington thing began is this one by William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection, describing a technique commonly used by leftist activists:

The recent interaction in DC between high school students (one in particular) and an older activist who is Native American reminded me of a warning I once received from a colleague as to how I needed to prepare myself if I ever was in a hostile crowd or confronted.

A classic leftist/occupy activist tactic, I was warned, was to confront a target and immediately start screaming that the target was being aggressive even though that was not true.

Unsuspecting people in the vicinity would not start recording the incident until there was this commotion. The videographers accompanying the provocateur also would edit the video to start when the provocateur started screaming. The target, not knowing what was about to happen, would not be prepared for it, and might even take the bait, such as in pushing the person away physically.

Regardless of what the target did or didn’t do, you would have video of the innocent target being portrayed as the aggressor, and the provocateur portrayed as the victim.

It happened to me at Cornell…

Professor Jacobson goes on to describe several such incidents. I believe this is most likely to have been the technique followed by Nathan Phillips in the Covington confrontation—and boy, did it work!

For a while, anyway.

Phillips got his video and the story went out. He got his interviews and he got to frame the story, and although almost every word he said was wrong, he never thought his narrative could be disproved.

The only reason it was disproved (for those with eyes to see and ears to hear) was that someone else was videotaping the whole thing, not just the part he wanted to air. Almost certainly unbeknownst to Phillips, someone else had started recording long before Phillips moved into the crowd of boys.

That “someone” was apparently part of the Black Israelite group that was harassing the teenagers with racial and other threats and insults. And that group, the Black Israelites (who are neither Israelis nor Jewish, by the way, but are anti-Semitic among their other hatreds), posted the lengthy nearly 2-hour video online—until they took it down, probably realizing how it was being used to exonerate the Covington boys. But taking it down didn’t make it disappear.

That was the longer video that showed that it was the Covington students who were being abused and who were actually being rather polite and non-confrontational under some very trying circumstances. That was the video that showed Phillips marching into the group of boys (at variance with his initial description) and getting into their faces. That was the video that gave the lie to his contention that they surrounded him and made it impossible for him to leave. That was the video that showed the Black Israelites as the aggressors, completely the opposite of what Phillips had reported. That was the video that failed to show the boys saying anything about the Wall, contrary to Phillips’ description.

That was the video that proved Phillips was lying. And that was the video he never thought would exist.

And if that longer video hadn’t existed, Phillips would have succeeded in the technique that Professor Jacobson has described, because no one would have believed the students against the word of this righteous Native American elderly guy.

TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: anticatholicbigotry; covington; covingtoncatholic; liberalfascism; tds
The Covington boys were lucky that the other video got uploaded. It really was a close call.

Remember kids. No matter how much you would like to jam the drum up the bum's butt, think how it will appear on video. Yell "stop hurting me" first and have your own video record.

1 posted on 01/22/2019 4:28:02 PM PST by RightGeek
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To: RightGeek; ManHunter; unkus; SkyPilot; vette6387; bitt; Kaslin; Thank You Rush; ZULU; NFHale; ...

The Covington boys must sue the hell out of the media for defamation. Push back time has to begin now.

“Robert Barnes is working with the families of the Covington Catholic students to sue the media outlets that defamed them. Libel laws are very clear. Barnes have been taking names all week and it looks like he could have a slam dunk case. He’s representing the students for free...”

2 posted on 01/22/2019 4:41:05 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: RightGeek

Have those Boys been banned from entering Indian Casinos yet?

3 posted on 01/22/2019 4:42:49 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Democracy, two Wolves and one Sheep deciding what's for Dinner.)
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To: RightGeek

Y DIDN’T SOME 1 DIAL 911? The DC Metro Police were not off, were they?

4 posted on 01/22/2019 4:45:18 PM PST by Tuketu (The i(D)iot Platform is splinters bound by crazy glue. TRUMP is the solvent.)
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Police were there the whole time

5 posted on 01/22/2019 4:50:05 PM PST by TexasGator (Z1z)
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To: RightGeek

Yeah I was thinking about that irony, it was the Hebrew Israelites who uploaded the full video. They do this as a matter of course whenever they go someplace like this and “preach”.

6 posted on 01/22/2019 6:00:42 PM PST by Behind the Blue Wall
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To: RightGeek
The leftists who originated this "lying by creative video editing" were CBS's 60 Minutes, back as early as the 70s.

They would do all kinds of provocative things to get various facial reactions from their victims, who naively thought they were in the middle of a "fair" interview. Eg, suppose you're in the middle of an innocuous set of questions and without any warning the interviewer asks you whether you've ever diddled a little boy. That "deer in the headlights" look you're bound to exude can be taken and spliced into all kinds of useful places to show interactions that never happened.

So if they ask you about some controversy that touches you or your organization, and you give a well thought-out, credible answer defending yourself, they just cut out your answer & toss it in the garbage can, and instead substitute your Deer in the Headlights moment as your alleged reaction to their controversial question. This makes you look guilty.

And if they somehow are unable to get the footage they want, they can choose to slime you through other means. Eg: end the interview in an extremely controversial manner, repeating the same defamatory question over and over and over again like a broken record, until you've finally had enough and say goodbye. Then they wait in the parking lot for you to come out, and ambush you yet again, with the same question.

This is because they want a clip of you turning your back on them and rushing towards your car to escape. That clip can then be used in place of any interview footage in the following way: Their narrator says, "We tried to get Mr. Smith to answer our questions ...." - while showing the clip of you turning your back on them.

7 posted on 01/22/2019 6:39:53 PM PST by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC ("Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt" - Pr. Herbert Hoover)
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And, like this boy said, I said a quick silent prayer!....Thank you Jesus for a great and quick answer as well as evil imploding upon itself!!! AMEN

8 posted on 01/22/2019 7:37:22 PM PST by YouGoTexasGirl
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Just checked the ole crystal ball and it says there are going to be some sizeable, but confidential out-of-court settlements in the boys’ future.

9 posted on 01/23/2019 9:03:48 AM PST by ManHunter (You can run, but you'll only die tired... Army snipers: Reach out and touch someone)
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I’ve seen the video that the media has ignored. It shows the Indian, obviously itching to get into it with the MAGA hat wearing youths who he has admitted is his enemy. He walks into the boys personal space and violently pounds on his stupid drum hoping to provoke a reaction. No wonder the Left hates this kid, he didn’t react like they had hoped. The Indian should be arrested for inciting violence.

10 posted on 01/23/2019 9:08:12 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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Free college through Master’s and PhD’s (if they want it) for each and every one of the Covington kids who were in DC last Sunday being subjected to DemonRATs and their thug cohorts and all the kids defamed by the MSM! And, enough money to live stress free for the rest of their lives as well as for their parents. Shove it to the MSM and the DemonRAT Marxists.

May this be the beginning of shoving the DemonRAT crapola up their collective rectums.

11 posted on 01/23/2019 9:38:30 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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