The New York Times once again is under fire from social media users, some of whom are even demanding the paper of record “stop normalizing Nazis,” after running an alarmingly positive and whitewashed profile of right wing extremist Gavin McInnes, calling him a mere “provocateur.”
In a chilling video that’s gone viral overnight, McInness is shown appearing to call on Trump supporters to “Choke a motherfucker. Choke a bitch. Choke a tranny. Get your fingers around the windpipe.”
The video also shows McInnes saying: “Can you call for violence generally? ‘Cause I am.”
And a lot more.
But that’s far different than how The New York Times’ Alan Feuer profiled him.
Feuer writes that McInnes is just, “a former Brooklyn hipster turned far-right provocateur.”
In fact, he makes McInnes sound like a nutty uncle – not a man who has described his organization, the Proud Boys, thusly: “We will kill you. That’s the Proud Boys in a nutshell.”
The Times opted for literary descriptives, instead of cold hard facts.
“With his egghead glasses, pocket-protector and heavy-drinking, angry-nerd aesthetic,” The Times wrote, “Mr. McInnes has in recent years set himself apart from the current crop of professionally outraged right-wing pundits, not only for being able to spout aggressive rhetoric, but also for being willing to get physical at times.”
(This is how Proud Boys gets physical.)
McInnes may have a web TV show but he is far from being a “pundit.”
“His obsessions seem to be more cultural than political. Mr. McInnes, a fiscal conservative and libertarian, calls himself a champion of Western values and reserves a burning ire for the political correctness of people on the left whom he describes as busybodies who have lost their sense of humor.”
This is, by the way, far from the first time the charge of “normalizing Nazis” has been made against The Times (and to be clear, we’re not calling McInnes a Nazi.)
Earlier this year the paper was forced to “unhire” a tech opinion editor almost immediately after it lauded itself for her hiring, once social media users revealed she had freely admitted to having friends who are neo-Nazis. (She also used words like “fag,” and “faggot,” and “nigger.”)
Last December, less than two weeks before Christmas, The Times ran a profile of a white supremacist that made him seem like the guy next door. In fact, The Times called him the “Nazi sympathizer next door.”
Here’s how the article began:
“Tony and Maria Hovater were married this fall. They registered at Target. On their list was a muffin pan, a four-drawer dresser and a pineapple slicer,” The Times’ Richard Fausset wrote.
But back to coverage of how The Times is promoting McInnes.
“In a wildly tone-deaf profile of Gavin McInnes this week, The New York Times went to great lengths to avoid calling the Proud Boys founder a racist, sexist, fascist gang leader, even though he could be accurately described as all of these things,” HuffPost reported.
Other media outlets were equally appalled.
“To the Mainstream Media: Stop Normalizing Fascists Like Gavin McInnes and the Proud Boys,” wrote Paste Magazine.
And the ever spunky Wonkette wrote: “New York Times Gives Fascist Republican Gavin McInnes A Sweet, Loving Tongue Bath.”
Social media users were even far less reserved, with some threatening to cancel their Times’ subscriptions, and many just plain furious:
Gavin McInnes is the leader of a fascist street gang called the Proud Boys. He’s a self-described anti-Semite, rails against women and other races, and has repeatedly called for violence among his punch-happy crew.
He is not a “provocateur.”https://t.co/1UKpe37QvX
— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell) October 17, 2018
Normalizing gd neo nazis again. Good job assholes.
— KLB 👻🧟♀️🕸🎃 (@kbbtt90) October 17, 2018
@NYTimes, what the heck is your problem? Why do you print nonsense like this? McInnes is a violent gang leader and a Nazi. Stop normalizing Nazis. This isn’t complicated.
— Jonathan Koomey (@jgkoomey) October 17, 2018
Can we stop using the word “provocateur” to describe white supremacists?
Jessica Rabbit was a provocateur, the “proud boys” are self-proclaimed chauvinists actively committing crimes. https://t.co/Xy0ZIUdnSZ
— 💀👻The Nikromancer 👻💀 (@NikkiMcR) October 17, 2018
Say it with me now: Gavin McInnes is a right wing terrorist. https://t.co/soObSgOlYa
— Joe S. Pumpkins (@jkass99) October 17, 2018
If you’re antifa, every newspaper in America will depict you as part of a violent mob while you stand on the corner holding your homemade protest sign.
— Kaz Weida (@kazweida) October 17, 2018
Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes is not a “hipster or a provocateur.” Gavin McInnes is a misogynistic, racist, sexist, anti Semitic, violent human garbage shit stain.
— Pablo Kutter (@Mossimo77) October 17, 2018
— Armando (@armandodkos) October 17, 2018
NYT is making a habit of normalizing Nazis and fascists.
— Jit Dasgupta 🌐 (@soumya0985) October 17, 2018
Cancelling our @nytimes subscription.
Bring back your public editor, stop normalizing Nazis, maybe we’ll reconsider.
— No-ahhhh! Spooker (@noahlz) October 17, 2018
Yeah, I’m canceling my subscription. No joke. Here’s McInnes openly bragging about his violent gang: https://t.co/MZc1lXknSh | cover far-right violence for what it is, don’t coddle them with “provocateur” @nytimes @NYTimesPR
— War on Hugs ☠️ 🎃 (@waronhugs) October 17, 2018
The dude LITERALLY bankrolls, runs, and rides with a fascist street gang of violent thugs that brag about injuring people. They literally have fucking uniforms.
Stop calling fascist “Right-Wing Pundits” Stop normalizing Nazis and White Supremacists.
— Rawhead Last Save (@ReloadLastSave) October 17, 2018
Really loving the NY Times “normalizing Nazis” features. What a great organization. Totally normal time frame
— nickxcom (@nickxcom) October 17, 2018
STOP 👏🏼👏🏼 NORMALIZING 👏🏼👏🏼 NAZIS👏🏼👏🏼 https://t.co/yrym0p2NwI
— shon. (@inkedtater) October 17, 2018
Physical at times
willingness to fight
Let’s take away that sugary coating: Gavin McInnes is a violent, racist, homophobic, fear- and hatemongering white supremacist who promotes violence and racism.
— PunPics (@PunPics) October 17, 2018
Nazis rebranding as far right provocateurs. Thanks for your help normalizing fascists, @nytimes
— Don of the Dead (@MTomPatt) October 17, 2018
I generally support the @nytimes, but I think they failed readers and America yesterday.
Gavin McInnes and the Proud Boys are terrorists. They violently fight to promote a white/western ethnostate. Yet the NYT kindly reduces this cancerous racism to a mere “provocateur.”
— Robert Hallock🌹 (@Thracks) October 17, 2018
this is the most galling article. downplaying proud boys by labelling McInnes as a “fireband” and “provocateur”, cloaking him in language they used to use for people fucking McCain. it’s made it abundantly clear that no one will come and save us—we have to save ourselves. https://t.co/Epoy1od0Ca
— MediSCARE for All (@picnicpanther) October 17, 2018
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Trump Goes on Wild Rant Targeting Judge and Attorney General After Being Found Liable for Fraud
Donald Trump unleashed a wild rant Wednesday morning, targeting the New York attorney general and the Manhattan Supreme Court judge in the State of New York’s $250 million civil case against him. The judge on Tuesday declared the ex-president had committed fraud for years in building his real estate empire and ordered his business certificates revoked and holdings dissolved.
Trump has been warned to not make public attacks against or attempts to intimidate witnesses or officers of the court, or prejudice jurors in one of the criminal cases he is currently facing. Two weeks ago, after appearing to not heed those warnings, the Special Counsel prosecuting the ex-president for his alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election asked the judge presiding over that case to limit his speech.
Wednesday morning, Trump called New York Attorney General Letitia James “Racist.” He called Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron “Deranged,” and “Trump Hating,” alleging he had “made up this crazy ‘KILL TRUMP’ decision, assigning insanely low values to properties.” Trump wrote the judge valued his Mar-a-Lago resort and residence at $18 million, and claimed (in all-caps) “it is worth possibly 100 times that amount.”
The judge, however, according to The Hill, “found Trump consistently overvalued Mar-a-Lago, inflating its value on one financial statement by at least 2,300 percent. The ruling pointed to a Palm Beach County Assessor’s appraisal from 2011-2021, which estimated Mar-a-Lago’s value between $18 million and $27.6 million.”
“In his order,” The New York Times reported Tuesday, “Justice Engoron wrote scathingly about Mr. Trump’s defenses, saying that the former president and the other defendants, including his two adult sons and his company, ignored reality when it suited their business needs. ‘In defendants’ world,’ he wrote, ‘rent-regulated apartments are worth the same as unregulated apartments; restricted land is worth the same as unrestricted land; restrictions can evaporate into thin air.'”
“That is a fantasy world, not the real world,” the judge concluded.
At the end of his diatribe Wednesday, Trump declared: “There is also an IRONCLAD DISCLAIMER CLAUSE!”
Trump Organization Given ‘Corporate Death Penalty’ and Ordered Dissolved by Judge After ‘Persistent Fraud’: Legal Experts
A New York judge has ordered Donald Trump’s business entities in the state of New York, including The Trump Organization, dissolved, and his business certificates canceled, according to legal experts, after ruling that the ex-president for years committed fraud and deceived banks and insurers by inflating the value of his assets.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron “has ordered cancellation of all [NYS] business [certificates] of ‘any entity controlled or beneficially owned by Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Jr, Eric Trump, Alan Weisselberg, & Jeffrey McConney. An independent receiver will manage the dissolutions,” writes former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega.
Correct, @AndrewFeinberg. The judge has ordered cancellation of all [NYS] business certs of “any entity controlled or beneficially owned by Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Jr, Eric Trump, Alan Weisselberg, & Jeffrey McConney. An independent receiver will manage the dissolutions. https://t.co/mK0vkzQXon
— Elizabeth de la Vega (@Delavegalaw) September 26, 2023
The Messenger reports Judge Engoron’s “blockbuster ruling found that the former president and his business leaders failed to correct course after warned of a ‘propensity to engage in persistent fraud,'” and ordered “a quick timeline to dissolve the Trump Organization and other corporate entities.”
MSNBC legal analyst Lisa Rubin explains that the “New York trial court judge has found that Trump, his adult sons, and Allen Weisselberg engaged in a persistent, years-long fraud through ‘fantasy world’ valuations of core Trump assets, including his own residence and various golf courses and office buildings.”
“His decision not only eliminates the need for trial on that claim, but also orders fairly dramatic relief: the cancellation of New York business certificates for all of the entities named as defendants, ‘as well as any other entity controlled or beneficially owned by the individual defendants found liable,'” she adds.
“In addition to finding that Trump committed fraud, the judge canceled the certificates of various Trump businesses, appointed a former judge as an independent monitor of the Trump Organization, and will appoint receivers to manage the canceled LLCs,” writes former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti.
“This is a pretty big deal,” he adds.
Professor of law Ryan Goodman, the former Dept. of Defense Special Counsel says Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron ordered the “corporate death penalty” for the Trump organization. Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance also used the term “corporate death penalty.”
“The leading Republican candidate has been found liable for sexual assault and fraud, his companies found guilty of fraud, and he’s charged with 91 OTHER felony counts. That he is not dismissed politically out of hand says much more about us, than about him,” observes MSNBC’s Andrew Weissmann, the well-known former lead prosecutor in Robert S. Mueller’s Special Counsel’s Office and former FBI General Counsel.
Attorney, retired U.S. Air Force colonel, and former administrative law judge Moe Davis responding to the news, writes: “Trump is the eponymous fraudster. The name Trump is to fraud what Campell’s is to soup, Kleenex is to tissue, and ping is to pong.”
Trump Committed Fraud and Deceived Banks While Growing His Real Estate Empire, Judge Says: Report
Donald Trump committed fraud, deceived banks, and inflated the value of his real estate holdings a judge said Tuesday, granting New York Attorney General Letitia James partial summary judgment in her civil case against the ex-president.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron “has ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to fame and the White House,” The Associated Press reports. Judge Engoron “found that the former president and his company deceived banks, insurers and others by massively overvaluing his assets and exaggerating his net worth on paperwork used in making deals and securing financing.”
“The decision, days before the start of a non-jury trial in Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit, is the strongest repudiation yet of Trump’s carefully coiffed image as a wealthy and shrewd real estate mogul turned political powerhouse,” The AP adds.
Attorney General James “is seeking $250 million in penalties and a ban on Trump doing business in New York, his home state. The trial could last into December, Engoron has said.”
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