Attacking journalists … People like CNN’s Jim Acosta and media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter have been warning Americans that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric would lead to journalists being attacked. The thought was that Trump’s allies would violently start attacking journalists. But what we’ve seen has been much different.
The violent left-wing paramilitary group Antifa has been committing violence not only against those they publicly claim to be fascists but also against the media for years. A year ago this week, Townhall’s Guy Benson reported that Jake Tapper said people need to be aware that Antifa was attacking journalists.
Why, then, was it a surprise to Tapper’s colleagues and others in the media that Antifa would keep up its violent ways this year as well? When only about 20 people showed up for the “Unite the Right” rally over the weekend, Antifa turned its violent attention to journalists and the police, both in Washington D.C. and in Charlottesville. Even the left-wing Vox took notice.
That’s when the HuffPost’s “hate and extremism” reporter, Christopher Mathias, jumped in to attack Vox for covering the truth. Mathias tweeted: “This is a bad article & is a good example of how not to cover white supremacy.” Um … the article wasn’t about “white supremacy,” Christopher. The article was about radical leftist domestic terrorists who attacked police and journalists.
The Vox writer was confused about the reason for the attacks:
This weekend in Charlottesville and DC, though, it wasn’t neo-Nazis and white supremacists the antifa attacked. It was police who were there to help keep the peace among all the demonstrators and journalists who were there to cover the events.
How that factors into antifa’s ideology is anyone’s guess.
Here’s a hint. Anyone who doesn’t support the overthrow of the government is a fascist to the Antifa folks. That includes the media and police.
Oh, and a note to Brian Stelter: This wasn’t “unacceptable behavior by a protester.” And it certainly wasn’t a protest by an “anti-hate” group. It was a violent attack by a paramilitary group. Welcome to the realization.
#FreeGavin … On Friday, before the anniversary of Charlottesville, Twitter suspended CRTV host Gavin McInnes. You’ll remember that last week, I told you that the war on conservative voices in social media wouldn’t end with Alex Jones; Jones was the canary in the coal mine. Well, it didn’t even take a week.
Twitter banned McInnes without telling him why. A note from Twitter said he was banned for [blank]. Here, watch Gavin explain. Gavin also filmed a special episode over the weekend, going through the last 20 tweets he sent before being banned. It’s a hilarious take, in true Gavin fashion, about the real reason he was banned.
This isn’t about “violent extremism;” this is about labeling your opponents as such, even when they are not, while ignoring the actual violence the Left is perpetrating against the police and journalists. Remember, it was President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security that called the Tea Party right-wing extremists. As the Free Beacon’s Alex Griswold notes, the “Tea Party … had no organized violence to speak of.”
Gavin will not be the last person silenced by the left-wing censor mob.
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