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EXCLUSIVE: Turmoil Inside National Review Over Covington Catholic Story, Rich Lowry Losing Control

A source inside NRO speaks EXCLUSIVELY to Big League Politics

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According to a source inside of #NeverTrump stalwart National Review, who spoke to Big League Politics on the condition of anonymity, the magazine is in turmoil after publishing a now-deleted piece bashing the Covington Catholic High School students.

Deputy managing editor Nicholas Frankovich penned a piece called “The Covington Students Might as Well Have Just Spit on the Cross,” which was published at 3 a.m. on Sunday.

“The guy who posted that did it at 3am without running it by anyone,” an employee familiar with the situation told Big League Politics. 

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The source said that editor Rich Lowry is “deeply chagrined” by incident.

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“Rich feels bad about this,” the source added.

“It appears that most of the teenagers in this video are from a Catholic high school near Covington, Kentucky, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. They mock a serious, frail-looking older man and gloat in their momentary role as Roman soldiers to his Christ. ‘Bullying’ is a worn-out word and doesn’t convey the full extent of the evil on display here,” the piece, archived here, said.

Many high-profile members of the #NeverTrump crowd immediately took to Twitter to bash the teenaged boys from Covington Catholic after the leftist mainstream press accused them of racist hatred towards Nathan Phillips, a Native American man. Apologizing and begging for forgiveness is one of the few strengths of Conservative Inc.

But after several hours of running with that narrative, Big League Politics, among other independent news outlets, published stories showing the full context of the incident. As it turned out, the Native man approached the boys, beating his drum in the face of the boy at the center of the incident. It is clear that the Native man was the cause of the confrontation.

Since the real story came to light, the magazine has reversed course. It published a Sunday piece telling the actual story, but did not apologize for, or mention its deleted hit piece on the  boys.

The heavy hitters at National Review took to Twitter to clarify that, after actually researching the incident, that they were wrong and the Covington Catholic boys were wrongly accused. None of them, though, mentioned the hastily deleted story at issue.

“Deleted my initial tweet on Lincoln Memorial incident. Even the video I watched last night that suggested some ambiguity didn’t fully capture what really happened. This was not what it was portrayed as *at all*” said Lowry.

“Agreed. The mobbing and threatening of these kids has been disgraceful. And now we’re on the phase of the controversy where it’s apparently important to tell the world that their school is some sort of hellhole,” said Trump-hater and Senior Writer David French, who spends most of his time apologizing to liberals for Trump’s actions.

“One other thing I’d note in all the hate against the Covington kid: We have an adult banging his drum inches from a kid’s face. Putting aside political biases and just focusing on decency — who is more responsible for defusing a tense situation, the adult or the kid?” French said in a later Tweet.

National Review is now keen to latch onto the popular narrative and hope that the public simply forgets its mistake. But internally, the magazine appears to be riding out turbulence in the wake of its embarrassing flub.


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IRONY: Atlanta Protestors Take Riot, Vandalism to CNN Headquarters

The fake news network being targeted by the mob.

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Riotous protestors assembling in the wake of the George Floyd death in Atlanta picked a peculiar target for their demonstration- none other than CNN’s headquarters. The mob assembled in front of the entrance to the fake news network’s primary building on Friday afternoon.

The mob could be seen pitching glass bottles at the network’s doors, and most notably, vandalizing a giant ‘CNN’ statue with graffiti of various sorts.

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“F*** CNN.”

That’s a harsher insult to the liberal mainstream media company than President Donald Trump has ever tweeted.

The protestors appear to be no fan of the fake news network, even as CNN has dishonestly presented the activities of other Floyd protestors in Minneapolis and around the country as ‘peaceful.’ Network operative Brian Stelter had tried to blame President Trump for violence during a segment Thursday night, claiming the President was escalating an already dangerous situation through a tweet announcing he’d send in the National Guard to Minneapolis.

Protestors could later be seen trying to bust into the profitable media company’s offices, banging against the glass doors.

Police cars on site were seen in a state of destruction during the protest. It doesn’t appear as if the law enforcement presence at CNN headquarters is big enough to deter the rioters from acts of vandalism targeting the news network.

Some protestors could later be seen burning an American flag in the vicinity of the CNN Center, making it all but certain that the riotous crowd is politically aligned with the left.

Any sort of vandalism or wanton property destruction is to be condemned, but it’s clear that CNN failed to consider the ramifications of the riots. Perhaps they’ll be more inclined to think of the consequences for small business owners and innocent bystanders after their own offices have been targeted.

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