This situation right here makes me laugh.
Semi-quick summary for those who don't know: These kids with the MAGA hats are from a Catholic school and came to Washington for March For Life, a large protest against abortion. Some Israelites started throwing insults at the Catholic boys about supporting gay rights, called Trump homosexual, and told them to go back to Europe. Obviously not very nice things to say, eh? It gets funnier. A Native American and his group of friends see the confrontation, and think "Hey, MAGA hats are bad, I will play my drum in front of them to teach them a lesson." So the boys were already being cussed out and when Phillips joins in, things get really uncomfortable. This is where the mainstream media decided to start watching, and made up some lies about the cause of the incident. We now have a feature-length recording of the whole thing, so we know which news outlets completely made up stuff. After a while the boys get a little tired of being cussed out and having a drum beat in front of them, and finally when someone yells at them that they are "f***ing p***ies", they decide to just leave. What's funny about the recording is all the liberals surrounding Phillips holding their phones out like "checkmate, conservatards".
Later on, new recordings surfaced and news outlets were found to be plain wrong. They saw the MAGA hats, their brains switched into autopilot, and they assumed everything they could about them. News outlets like these aren't new to this. That's their whole joke. That's why people don't take CNN seriously. It makes me mad that people still follow them, but I'll talk about that more later. The point is for now that news outlets made up a story to make them look bad, and they were proven wrong yet the liberals who followed them before still defend them.
So why did they make it up? To push their agenda, of course. They want people to take their side against Trump, because Trump is literally Hitler 2.0 to them. They want people to antagonize the MAGA hat. And they want to do all this because the success of progressivism really relies on people joining their side. Ask any feminist what their goal is and they'll say something along the lines of "to spread awareness". "To bring more people to the cause". That, mixed with the fact that news sites get more money the more people that read their articles, and it's pretty easy to see why news sites do this often. They know their existing viewers already don't like Trump. They know how easy it is to trick people into thinking the boys were in the wrong, especially with the MAGA hats and the smug looks.
But now that they've been proven wrong, why do people still flock to their defense? I dunno, I thought all of this was really interesting and also hilarious. I'll think about that last question and get back to you because this status is longer than I thought. Just wanted to introduce the concept, really.