No, Tribal Elder Nathan Phillips Is Not a Vietnam Vet!!!!
Multiple media outlets are having to make fresh corrections to stories featuring Native American leftist activist Nathan Phillips, after new information revealed that he is not a Vietnam vet as originally reported.
Phillips is the Native American elder who led a group of activists from the American Indian Movement to confront a group of teenagers from Covington Catholic High School in Washington, D.C., on Friday. The students were in D.C. for the March for Life, and the ensuing controversy has gripped the nation.
Based on Phillips' claims, the media reported that the boys formed a mob around the tribal elder and mocked him as he was peacefully marching. He told the Washington Post that Nicholas Sandmann, the teen seen smiling in
Phillips also claimed that the teenagers "were in the process of attacking these four black individuals" and he was trying to de-escalate the situation. Of course, the opposite was true.
The complete video has debunked those claims, and many media outlets have updated or rewritten their stories to reflect that.
What the video could not confirm or debunk was the question of Phillips' alleged service in Vietnam. Many of the headlines and stories about the controversy reflected that Phillips was a Vietnam veteran, making the Catholic teenagers' alleged offenses seem even graver.
The Washington Post issued a major correction to its story on Tuesday, saying that Phillips served in the Marines but “was never deployed in Vietnam.” The story had previously claimed -- without evidence -- that he had “fought in the Vietnam War.”
Both before and after Phillips' confrontation with the Covington teens, many other media outlets and media personalities also described the activist as a “Vietnam War veteran.”