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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‘Beyond Horrific’: Tucker Carlson’s Fox News Producer Is an Out Gay Man Helping ‘Ramp Up’ Hate Says LGBTQ Journalist
Fox News propagandist Tucker Carlson, whose nightly show frequently has the largest reach of any on cable news, regularly attacks the LGBTQ community with fear-mongering and hate-filled segments about gay people, transgender people, “groomers” and the latest target: “drag queen story hours.”
His senior executive producer, who oversees Carlson’s media empire at Fox News, is a married, out, gay man named Justin Wells, according to veteran journalist and SiriusXM Progress host Michelangelo Signorile, who is calling it “beyond horrific to think a gay man has helped to shape and widely disseminate a message of hate against LGBTQ people.”
Last week, in the wake of the horrific anti-LGBTQ hate crime mass shooting Carlson hosted a guest, the head of the so-called “Gays Against Groomers,” who told Fox News viewers the attack on LGBTQ people at a gay bar in Colorado Springs was “predictable” and warned that these hate crime massacres will continue, “until we end this evil agenda” of gender-affirming care.
Tucker Carlson guest: Shootings like the Club Q shooting are going to keep happening “until we end this evil agenda” of gender-affirming care. pic.twitter.com/4ajSonqlug
— Kat Abu (@abughazalehkat) November 23, 2022
Carlson has repeatedly hosted Jaimee Mitchell, the Gays Against Groomers founder who fear mongers against LGBTQ people, with the apparent consent of Wells, who “helped promulgate the kind of hate that leads to violence,” says Signorile.
“It’s unlikely that any narrative would get broadcast by Tucker without significant buy-in from Justin,” Angelo Carusone, President and CEO of media watchdog Media Matters, told Signorile.
Indeed, referring to the Colorado Springs mass shooting massacre, Signorile noted it is “the same kind of nightclub at which Wells, in years past, danced the night away in Miami Beach and elsewhere, liberating himself from the world outside and surely never imagining he’d be shot dead.”
“Now he’s aided the extremists who deny that sense of safety and liberation to every future generation of queer people,” says Signorile, explaining that “Wells runs the entire Tucker Carlson operation, and is responsible for imprinting the Tucker Carlson brand, which is all about emboldening white heterosexual male grievance, furthering the racist conspiracy of ‘replacement theory’ and pushing an increasingly virulent anti-LGBTQ agenda.”
One of Carlson’s frequent LGBTQ targets is Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, who he has called an “unqualified ‘kid’ who ‘breastfeeds,’ and has no business running the agency,” as Mediaite reported.
“And as Carlson further pushed white nationalism, attacked transgender people and embraced Hungary’s authoritarian leader Victor Orban,” Signorile reports, “Wells, in 2021, was named a Vice President at Fox News, in charge of all Carlson product that airs on Fox News TV as well as on Fox’s streaming network, Fox Nation.”
Signorile says, “it’s quite stunning that Wells would work for Carlson, who has a well-known history of visceral homophobia. That’s something that came to light again last year when it became known that Carlson had offered a tribute to Dan White, the assassin of San Francisco supervisor and gay civil rights leader Harvey Milk, in his college yearbook back in 1991, as well as to the late vociferously anti-gay Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina, who whipped up homophobia during the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.”
“I wrote about those jarring revelations when they surfaced last year,” he continues, “as well as about what I dubbed Carlson’s ‘pathological obsession with homosexuality’ throughout his career. Carlson has expressed revulsion at homosexuality, and in one incident he reveled in a violent response. In a TV interview in 2007 he described having smashed a man’s head ‘against the stall’ in a public rest room, after the man ‘bothered’ him.”
“Wells, as a gay man, only emboldens Carlson further,” Signorile concludes. “He gives him permission to launch the ugly attacks and helps Carlson validate, for himself (and likely for executives at Fox News), the vitriol he espouses. That makes Justin Wells’ presence as the powerful gay man behind Tucker Carlson all the more newsworthy. And all the more dangerous.”
Signorile notes that his reporting is not an outing.
“This story is not, however, about a warped closet case, tormented by self-loathing, hiding his true self while bashing those like him. And thus, this story is not an outing, which involves exposing someone who covers up their sexual orientation while publicly presenting as heterosexual — though it certainly may be a startling revelation to a great many. It is, rather, about connecting the dots regarding a reality that seems to have been hiding in plain sight.”
You can read Signorile’s entire report on his Substack newsletter.
Questions Swirl Around Herschel Walker as New Report Shows His Georgia Residence Was Rented Out for Over a Decade
Where Herschel Walker lives has been a question since before he officially announced his candidacy as a Republican for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia. Numerous reports have looked into claims he lives in Texas and not the Peach State, which some Georgia voters might find problematic, but new reporting exposes what could lead to tax or voting fraud investigations.
Walker’s Georgia home, according to reporting from The Daily Beast‘s Roger Sollenberger, is owned by his wife, who for years has rented it out.
When Walker announced his candidacy, after a strong push from Donald Trump, it “was widely known at the time that the Republican hopeful had been living in Texas for decades, though he has claimed to maintain a residence in Atlanta for ’17 years.’ Less widely known, however, was that Walker’s wife collected tens of thousands of dollars in rental income for that residence, according to his 2021 financial disclosure forms.”
While it is unclear if the home was rented out when Walker officially launched his Senate run, the “house doubled as the Walker campaign’s first official address when he launched his bid in August 2021. Fulton County tax and property records show the home is solely owned by Walker’s wife, Julie Blanchard, who also collected rental income from 2020 and 2021 ranging from $15,000 to $50,000, according to the disclosure—defining the asset as ‘Georgia residence.'”
CNN last week reported that “Republican Herschel Walker is getting a tax break intended only for a primary residence this year on his home in the Dallas, Texas, area, despite running for Senate in Georgia.”
“In Texas, homeowner regulations say you can only take the exemption on your ‘principal residence,'” CNN’s K-File reported. “Walker is listed to get a homestead tax exemption in Texas in 2022, saving the Senate candidate approximately $1,500 and potentially running afoul of both Texas tax rules and some Georgia rules on establishing residency for the purpose of voting or running for office.”
Even after he launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate Walker still filed for the Texas tax exemption.
The complaint alleges “Herschel Walker appears to have committed a felony in August 2021 when he registered to vote in Georgia,” and “Herschel Walker appears to have committed a felony when he voted in the 2022 Georgia primary and general elections.” These are allegations and have not been investigated by authorities.
When he announced is candidacy, “Walker’s main GOP rival challenged him to ‘move here, pay taxes here, register and vote in some elections’ before running,” The Journal-Constitution notes. “Warnock’s allies have taken a similar line of attack, framing the Republican as an out-of-state charlatan.”
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One of Trump’s right-wing allies posted a claim that Smith’s sister-in-law, who is allegedly a psychologist and whose patients were “crying” and “sobbing” over Trump’s 2016 election.
“And I’m supposed to get a fair shake from this person, who’s under tremendous pressure from his family, but he is actually worse than they are?” Trump rambled on his personal social media site. “Can Republicans, and fair-minded people, generally, allow this to happen? Jack Smith is nothing less than a hit man for Obama, his Attorney General Eric Holder, and Andrew Weissmann. Weaponization. Our Country is in big trouble, a real mess!”
Smith was hired by Trump’s administration to serve as an acting United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee during Trump’s first year in office, his biography states. During this same time, the new Trump Justice Department was firing most of the U.S. Attorneys hired under President Barack Obama’s administration. One of those biggest names was Preet Bharara, who helped Trump with the transition while serving as the U.S. Attorney Southern District of New York. He was fired the same month that Trump hired Smith in 2017.
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