The other day, a pack of the usual crowd of waxy yellow Leftyblog and Leftytweet buildup teased themselves to ecstasy over this photo:
It’s a group of “Trail Life” boys – from a breakaway sect of Boy Scouts that bars openly gay members – “giving a Nazi salute” as they recited their creed.
Except it wasn’t:
But it turns out that the boys were not saluting Hitler and contrary to the first Associated Press caption, they were not reciting a creed. The boys were singing “Taps,” a longtime Boy Scout tradition that the Texas Trail USA troop had adapted as their own.
The boys had gathered in a circle with their hands raised straight into the air. They gradually lowered their hands as they sang the song. It concludes with their hands flush against their side.
“It really misrepresented what was going on,” [John Stemberger, chairman of the board of Trail Life] told me. “There are children involved and that made it more outrageous. They were exploited and misunderstood.”
The picture accompanied what was actually apparently a relatively fair story.
But when it comes to the un-PC, “fair” isn’t part of the left’s playbook.