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Internet Rains Hellfire on NY Times for Whitewashing Right Wing Hate Group Founder Gavin McInnes

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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.”

McInnes, as many have recently learned, is the founder of the Proud Boys, which he calls a gang and the Southern Poverty Law Center calls a hate group.

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.

This Fawning New York Times Profile of Violent Proud Boy Bigot Gavin McInnes Is Next-Level Complicity BS,” said The Mary Sue.

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:

 

 

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Madison Cawthorn Retains High-Powered GOP Attorney for Case Seeking to Disqualify Him as an Insurrectionist

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U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) is facing several six challengers to his seat in the House of Representatives this year. Two Democrats will face off, with one becoming their party’s nominee. Four Republicans are primarying the far-right freshman lawmaker, one of those five will go on to face the Democratic challenger.

But Congressman Cawthorn is facing an even great challenge, and he’s taking it seriously.

A group of attorneys is looking at both the 14 Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and North Carolina law, in an attempt to have him declared an insurrectionist and therefore unfit to serve.

“No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress,” the 14th Amendment reads, “who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress…shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”

The New York Times Tuesday night reports “Mr. Cawthorn, 26, who is in his first term in Congress, has denounced the case as an egregious misreading of the 14th Amendment, but he has retained James Bopp Jr., one of the most prominent conservative campaign lawyers in the country, as counsel.”

Bopp, known as being one of the attorneys who won the democracy-damning Citizens United case at the Supreme Court, flooding American politics with millions (billions?) in dark money. He’s also been a vice-chair of the RNC, and is recognized as a top conservative lawyer.

The Times adds that “North Carolina’s election statute offers challengers a remarkably low bar to question a candidate’s constitutional qualifications for office. Once someone establishes a ‘reasonable suspicion or belief’ that a candidate is not qualified, the burden shifts to the officeseeker to prove otherwise.”

Other Republicans are likely worried, which should have some wondering who’s footing the bill for Bopp.

“If Mr. Cawthorn is labeled an ‘insurrectionist,’ that could have broader ramifications. Other Republican House members, such as Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Paul Gosar of Arizona, and Lauren Boebert of Colorado, face similar accusations, but their state’s election laws present higher hurdles for challenges to their candidate qualifications. If one of their colleagues is disqualified for his role in encouraging the rioters, those hurdles might become easier to clear.”

Read the entire Times report here.

 

 

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Chasten Buttigieg Slams Florida GOP’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill for ‘Pushing LGBTQ Families Back Into the Closet’

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Former school teacher Chasten Buttigieg is slamming Florida legislation dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would ban discussion of LGBTQ issues in public schools under the guise of “parental rights,” saying it will “kill kids.”

Appearing on CNN Buttigieg asked, “what kind of country we’re building, or in Florida, what kind of state are you building where you’re essentially pushing kids back into the closet, you’re saying we can’t talk about you? We can’t even talk about your families.”

“And you know, as a kid who grew up for 18 years, being told, ‘you don’t belong, something about you is wrong.’ Sometimes you take that trauma to heart and unfortunately there are a lot of kids in this country who do the worst because we tell them, ‘something about you is twisted and you don’t belong here.'”

Buttigieg railed against the bill over the weekend, posting a tweet pointing to a Trevor Project study that he says found “42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide last year.”

The bill, sponsored by freshman Republican state Rep. Joe Harding, in part reads: “A school district may not encourage classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in primary grade levels or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.”

Buttigieg, who is married to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, said, “if kids come into the classroom Monday morning, and they’re all talking about their weekends, and hypothetically a kid like mine says, ‘I had the best weekend with my dad. We went to the zoo, we went and got ice cream,’ is the teacher supposed to say, ‘hey, we don’t talk about things like that in this classroom’? You know, and not only what does that do to kids like mine, but also do to a kid in the classroom [who is] starting to realize that they’re different.”

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Psaki Schools Doocy on Trump’s Infamous Twitter Tantrums After He Whines About ‘Hashtag’ Diplomacy

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question from Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy on Tuesday by reminding him that former President Donald Trump had a history of conducting diplomacy through tantrums on Twitter.

At a White House press briefing, Doocy asked why Secretary of State Antony Blinken had expressed support for Ukraine on Twitter with the hashtag “#IStandWithUkraine.”

“Has that ever worked in stopping an authoritarian regime from doing anything, a hashtag?” Doocy wondered.

“I will have to say that, unlike the last administration, we don’t think Twitter is the only means of engaging or negotiating or discussing important topics,” Psaki replied. “But it is important for us to convey to the Ukrainian people who do view commentary through a range of forums.”

Watch the video below from Fox News.

 

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