FILE – In this Dec. 14, 2019 file photo, Navy midshipmen march onto field ahead of an NCAA college football game between the Army and the Navy in Philadelphia. A military investigation finds that hand gestures used by cadets and midshipmen during the Army-Navy game broadcast had nothing to do with white supremacy. The investigation, which included interviews and background checks, determined that two freshmen were taking part in a “sophomoric” game that had “no racist intent.” (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Last week, many in media and on Twitter had a meltdown, accusing cadets and midshipmen of flashing a “white power” symbol during the Army/Navy game.
Fortunately, the two academies, with the assistance of the FBI and the NCIS, quickly investigated, talked to a boatload of people and determined that the students were just playing the “circle game,” which involves flashing basically an upside-down “ok” sign, something folks in the military and elsewhere have been playing for decades.
The students still may face some administrative or disciplinary actions for being unprofessional, according to the academies.
We were hoping that some in media and blue checkland might correct themselves and apologize, or at least admit that perhaps they should wait for the facts in the future.
Some were just not willing to give it up, with Juan Williams still insisting the students were in the wrong because they were punished (which they wouldn’t have been but for the media frenzy) and Dan Rodricks somehow finding the fault to all be due to Trump (but of course).
AG Conservative pointed out examples of the right way and the wrong way to respond to being shown that you were wrong and falsely accusing the students.
The wrong way, Never Trumper Tom Nichols, a U.S. Naval War College University Professor. The right way, James Gagliano, CNN law enforcement analyst and retired FBI supervisory special agent. He’s also a leadership consultant at West Point.
These two people made the same error.
Mistakes happen. None of us have a perfect record. But the real test is how you react when confronted with evidence you were wrong. pic.twitter.com/3dGfbsPqiP
— (((AG))) (@AGHamilton29) December 20, 2019
So props to Gagliano for showing integrity and learning a lesson. He’s also acknowledged being wrong about there being FISA abuse as well and has called out James Comey. Sign of an honest man.
Nichols? Well, what can we say but par for the course.