Director, Commonwealth Policy Center
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A group of Kentucky students made national headlines last week when they were caught on video at a Washington D.C. rally heckling a native American protestor. The story about the Covington Catholic students drew outrage and a national conversation about bigotry ensued. The only problem is that it wasn't true. The person who shot the video said the teens were chanting "Build the wall" and "Trump 2020." However, the students disputed the claims and another video that put the situation in context supported them. Even national news outlets are walking back the story. The reputation of Covington Catholic students have been hurt but there's much we can learn from this. For starters, we shouldn't rush to judgment and realize that just because a video goes viral on the Internet, there's often more to the story than meets the eye.