Antifa and the media

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Antifa and the media

It would seem that Andy Ngo has the proper cre­den­tials for the main­stream media to sup­port him.

He’s a jour­nal­ist and the gay son of Viet­namese immigrants.

Unfor­tu­nately, he’s also con­ser­v­a­tive. That means that the main­stream press either ignored him or made jokes about him when he was seri­ously injured by Antifa thugs in Port­land, Oregon.

Ngo writes and pho­tographs for Quil­lette, a con­ser­v­a­tive pub­li­ca­tion that called out both Antifa and the media mavens who fail to crit­i­cize the group for its vio­lent tactics.

Like school­boy char­ac­ters out of Lord of the Flies, these cos­play rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies stomp around, imag­in­ing them­selves to be heroes stalk­ing the great beast of fas­cism. But when the beast proves elu­sive, they gladly set­tle for beat­ing up jour­nal­ists, harass­ing the elderly, or engag­ing in ran­dom phys­i­cal destruc­tion,” the pub­li­ca­tion wrote about Antifa.

Author Anna Slatz lam­basted main­stream jour­nal­ists and pub­lic per­son­al­i­ties who made light of the attack on Ngo. See https://​www​.the​p​ost​mil​len​nial​.com/​p​r​o​g​r​e​s​s​i​v​i​s​t​-​b​l​u​e​-​c​h​e​c​k​-​j​o​u​r​n​a​l​i​s​t​s​-​c​e​l​e​b​r​a​t​e​-​t​h​e​-​a​s​s​a​u​l​t​-​o​f​-​a​n​d​y​-ngo/

One described Ngo as an “ampli­fier” of anti-​Islamist speech and a fol­lower of white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tions. Oth­ers said it didn’t mat­ter because he’s not really a journalist.

What’s even more inter­est­ing is how some jour­nal­ists who cover Antifa may be more “ampli­fiers” of pro-​Antifa pro­pa­ganda and wouldn’t be con­sid­ered jour­nal­ists under the tra­di­tional def­i­n­i­tion of the term.

In an analy­sis of the reg­u­lar chron­i­clers of Antifa oper­a­tions, a researcher found some promi­nent jour­nal­ists work too closely with the lead­ers of the orga­ni­za­tion. See https://​quil​lette​.com/​2019​/​05​/​29​/​i​t​s​-​n​o​t​-​y​o​u​r​-​i​m​a​g​i​n​a​t​i​o​n​-​t​h​e​-​j​o​u​r​n​a​l​i​s​t​s​-​w​r​i​t​i​n​g​-​a​b​o​u​t​-​a​n​t​i​f​a​-​a​r​e​-​o​f​t​e​n​-​t​h​e​i​r​-​c​h​e​e​r​l​e​a​ders/

One exam­ple is Jason Wil­son, a Portland-​based writer for The Guardian. As the research noted: “One of his recent arti­cles focused on a U.S. regional intel­li­gence report whose authors con­cluded that Antifa and the far right share respon­si­bil­ity for street violence….One of Wilson’s main ‘experts’ in the piece, it turned out, was none other than Antifa hand­book author Mark Bray, who, pre­dictably, denounced the report’s con­tents as ‘ludi­crous.’ In fact, Bray makes reg­u­lar appear­ances in Wilson’s arti­cles. So does fel­low Port­land res­i­dent and eco-​extremist Alexan­der Reid Ross, who reg­u­larly writes for Antifa publications.”

What­ever the case, Antifa is the bad guy here — not Andy Ngo. Keep that in mind the next time you hear some jour­nal­ist com­plain about being “attacked” ver­bally by a Trump supporter.

It would seem that Andy Ngo has the proper credentials for the mainstream media to support him.

He’s a journalist and the gay son of Vietnamese immigrants.

Unfortunately, he’s also conservative. That means that the mainstream press either ignored him or made jokes about him when he was seriously injured by Antifa thugs in Portland, Oregon.

Ngo writes and photographs for Quillette, a conservative publication that called out both Antifa and the media mavens who fail to criticize the group for its violent tactics.

“Like schoolboy characters out of Lord of the Flies, these cosplay revolutionaries stomp around, imagining themselves to be heroes stalking the great beast of fascism. But when the beast proves elusive, they gladly settle for beating up journalists, harassing the elderly, or engaging in random physical destruction,” the publication wrote about Antifa.

Author Anna Slatz lambasted mainstream journalists and public personalities who made light of the attack on Ngo. See https://www.thepostmillennial.com/progressivist-blue-check-journalists-celebrate-the-assault-of-andy-ngo/

One described Ngo as an “amplifier” of anti-Islamist speech and a follower of white supremacist organizations. Others said it didn’t matter because he’s not really a journalist.

What’s even more interesting is how some journalists who cover Antifa may be more “amplifiers” of pro-Antifa propaganda and wouldn’t be considered journalists under the traditional definition of the term.

In an analysis of the regular chroniclers of Antifa operations, a researcher found some prominent journalists work too closely with the leaders of the organization. See https://quillette.com/2019/05/29/its-not-your-imagination-the-journalists-writing-about-antifa-are-often-their-cheerleaders/

One example is Jason Wilson, a Portland-based writer for The Guardian. As the research noted: “One of his recent articles focused on a U.S. regional intelligence report whose authors concluded that Antifa and the far right share responsibility for street violence….One of Wilson’s main ‘experts’ in the piece, it turned out, was none other than Antifa handbook author Mark Bray, who, predictably, denounced the report’s contents as ‘ludicrous.’ In fact, Bray makes regular appearances in Wilson’s articles. So does fellow Portland resident and eco-extremist Alexander Reid Ross, who regularly writes for Antifa publications.”

Whatever the case, Antifa is the bad guy here—not Andy Ngo. Keep that in mind the next time you hear some journalist complain about being “attacked” verbally by a Trump supporter.