Actress Patricia Heaton Responds to Journalists Who Rushed Story About the Covington Catholic Kids

Patricia Heaton, known best for her role in the hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” shared a few words Monday for the journalists and social media users who pushed an inaccurate characterization of a confrontation that took place over the weekend between a group of high schoolers and a Native American demonstrator.

In a series of tweets, Heaton noted she’s seen “sincere apologies” from journalists who jumped the gun in their reporting about Sandmann and Phillips, but argued apologies without some sort of disciplinary action seem insufficient.

These inaccurate reports, the actor argued, will live on in the internet, forever following these teenagers as they leave high school and fill out college applications and apply for jobs.

Heaton argued that, while the Covington Catholic kids will have to deal with this stain on their records for many years to come, the journalists and social media users who pushed an incomplete narrative about the confrontation “are still at their jobs, with nary a consequence for their reckless behavior.” While she said “compensatory action” would go a long way in rebuilding trust between the press and most Americans, she is not confident such a gesture will be made.