Native American Nathan Phillips Never Fought In Vietnam, Was Not A 'Vietnam Veteran,' WashPo AdmitsChris Menahan
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The Washington Post quietly issued a bombshell correction Tuesday morning stating Native American activist Nathan Phillips never fought in Vietnam and was not a "Vietnam veteran" as they and tons of other publications claimed.
The correction is buried at the bottom of this article titled, "‘It was getting ugly’: Native American drummer speaks on his encounter with MAGA-hat-wearing teens."
The correction says:
Correction: Earlier versions of this story incorrectly said that Native American activist Nathan Phillips fought in the Vietnam War. Phillips served in the U.S. Marines from 1972 to 1976 but was never deployed to Vietnam.Here's video of Phillips stating, "I am a Vietnam Vet."
The Gateway Pundit reports Phillips raised money off of the claim he was a Vietnam vet:
In 2012, over $6,000 was raised for a documentary about his life in which he claimed to be a Vietnam veteran.Indian Country Today writer Vincent Schilling, who says he is the "journalist that broke the initial story on Nathan Phillips and the MAGA youth," carried this shocking quote in his initial report on January 19th (which he has since stealth edited):
In a previous interview with Phillips, he told Indian Country Today that returning from Vietnam was not easy as a veteran. “People called me a baby killer and a hippie girl spit on me.”He recently stealth-edited the article to now read:
In a previous interview with Phillips, he told Indian Country Today that the Vietnam era was not easy as a marine. “People called me a baby killer and a hippie girl spit on me.”I messaged him for comment on Twitter to ask how the story changed:
He has yet to respond.
UPDATE: Schilling also changed his 2008 story which contained the "baby killer" quote.
The article previously said:
Phillips also described coming back to the U.S. as a veteran from Vietnam. "People called me a baby killer and a hippie girl spit on me."Now it says:
Phillips also described coming back to the U.S. as a veteran of the Vietnam era. "People called me a baby killer and a hippie girl spit on me."Asked Monday why he changed his 2008 story on Phillips, Schilling responded saying he "misunderstood the situation":
Schilling added the following note to the bottom of the article from 2008:
Note: This article has been adjusted from it's original version to show that Nathan Phillips was a Vietnam-era veteran and that he was spit on while in uniform as opposed to when he was returning from combat.Regardless, it's absolutely clear Phillips has made little to no effort to correct the widely made, false claim he was a "Vietnam veteran."
The media has instead been eager to push the false claim he fought in the war.
UPDATE II: Video of Phillips saying he was a "Vietnam times veteran" who got "spit on" and called a "baby killer" has emerged:
[Article expanded with more details and new video of Phillips saying, "I am a Vietnam vet."]
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