For too many pundits and so-called journalists on the outrage-obsesses left, the desire for truth frequently takes a distant backseat to their political agenda.
Among countless critics on social media this week, that appeared to be the case for Deadspin writer Carron Phillips, who posted an incomplete photo of a young child as part of a screed tacitly accusing him of racism while admitting that he did not have the answers to a number of crucial questions regarding the situation.
Deadspin, a sports site with a history of politically tinged — not to mention incorrect — coverage, left the article up without any apparent update even after new details emerged showcasing the inaccuracies in Phillips’ initial assessment.
The story focused on a young fan at a Kansas City Chiefs game who wore a Native American headdress and painted his face in the team colors of red and black. Using only an image showing only the half-painted black, Carron accused him of wearing “Black face” and offending not only the Black community but the Native American population as well.
His article called on the NFL to “speak up” in condemnation of the child and force the franchise to change its team name.
Not only was the face paint clearly done in team colors and not as a racist gesture, but subsequent footage appeared to show Black players on the team joining the child in his show of support.
Furthermore, reports indicate that the child’s mother confirmed the family is Native American, which would destroy Phillips’ secondary argument that the apparently 5-year-old boy is a hate-filled bigot.
Phillips only dug in his heels even deeper when he began receiving comments critical of his misleading and accusatory article, opting to further speculate that his social media critics were racist against Mexicans for some reason.
“For the idiots in my mentions who are treating this as some harmless act because the other side of his face was painted red, I could make the argument that it makes it even worse,” he wrote. “Y’all are the ones who hate Mexicans but wear sombreros on Cinco.”