Conservative Leaders Call on Media to Apologize to the Covington Catholic Kids

Craig Bannister | January 29, 2019 | 1:24pm EST
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MRC Pres. Brent Bozell

Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell is among a host of conservative leaders calling on media to apologize to the students of Covington Catholic High School who falsely accused of racism and bigotry based on a deceptively edited video.

In a joint statement issued Tuesday, the conservative leaders condemned the harm done to the students by false reports fueled by liberal media hatred for both President Donald Trump and all pro-life Americans:

Over the past week, the liberal media and leftist activists viciously attacked Covington Catholic High School, falsely labeling the group of teenagers racists and bigots based on a deceptively edited viral video. The liberal media's promotion of this false narrative incited death threats to these kids and their families. If not for the leftist media’s contempt for pro-lifers and President Trump, this “story” would have never reached the magnitude that it did.

We now know the kids of Covington Catholic were the real victims of the altercation in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Despite the truth, despite an apology from the Bishop, despite some apologies from some journalists, despite media retractions, despite the deletion of tweets, some leftists in the press and other liberal elites are still perpetuating the lies about the innocent Covington kids. This is bigotry and its own brand of hatred. It is an ongoing display of anti-Trump, anti-life, anti-Catholic, and anti-Christian bias. These are blatant bullying tactics designed to make conservatives and people of faith think twice before standing up for their beliefs or even having the audacity to wear a “MAGA” hat in public, let alone smile while doing it.

We denounce any media outlet that continues to so dishonestly attack the Covington Catholic kids and we call on them to apologize for the bullying behavior that continues to result in threats of violence against the kids, their school and their community.


L. Brent Bozell

Founder and President

Media Research Center


Saul Anuzis


60 Plus Association


Kenneth Blackwell


Morton Blackwell


The Weyrich Lunch


Bethany and Ryan Bomberger


The Radiance Foundation


Floyd Brown


Western Journal

Susan Carleson

Chairman and CEO

American Civil Rights Union


Monica Cole



Ed Corrigan

Executive Director

Conservative Partnership Institute


William Donahue


Catholic League


Elaine Donnely


Center for Military Readiness


Becky Norton Dunlop



Tricia Erickson


Angel Pictures & Publicity, Inc.


Erick Erickson


The Resurgent


Steven Ertelt



Mark Fitzgibbons

President of Corporate Affairs

American Target Advertising


Lady Brigitte Gabriel

Founder & Chairman

ACT for America


Rebecca Hagelin


Michael Hichborn

President of the LePanto Institute


George Landrith


Frontiers of Freedom


James Martin


60 Plus Association


Bob McEwen

Former Member

U.S. House of Representatives


James Miller

Budget Director for President Ronald Reagan, 1985-1988


Gene Mills


Louisiana Family Forum


Cleta Mitchell


Janet Morano

Priests for Life


C. Preston Noell


Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.


Frank Pavone


George Rasley

Managing Editor


Patrick Reilly


The Cardinal Newman Society


Terry Schilling

Executive Director

American Principles Project


John Schweppe

Director of Government Affairs

American Principles Project


Richard Viguerie


LTC. Allen West, U.S. Army, Ret.

Member, 112th U.S. Congress

Senior Fellow, Media Research Center


Tim Wildmon


American Family Association

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