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When is a Journalist Not a "Journalist?" When Antifa Attacks.

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on July 1, 2019 11:37

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Journalistic reactions-- or lack thereof-- to Antifa's brutal attack on Andy Ngo in Portland have cast a stain on the reputation of the New York Times.

source: Quillette

Andy Ngo, currently in the hospital recovering from an Antifa attack in Portland, Oregon, is a Quillette editor with his own YouTube channel, Twitter feed, Patreon page, and Subscribestar channel.

He posts news articles, videos, photos, and commentary in a variety of media, including interviews about radical Islam on his podcast, Things You Should Ngo.

Like the late Christopher Hitchens, he is an advocate for free speech and Western Civilization. 

However, unlike Hitch, who called himself a socialist and wrote for the Nation, Ngo is not a socialist and writes for conservative publications such as the Wall Street Journal, National Review, and American Spectator, among others.

Unlike the late Jamal Khashoggi, he is not an oil billionaire, member of the Muslim Brotherhood, or supporter of Al Qaeda.

This may be why mainstream media contributors like Charlie Warzel, an opinion writer for the New York Times, felt empowered to diss an injured journalist and victim of mob violence on Twitter:

"Also: this whole event should be seen through the context of what it is...an information war. A number of people who go to these protests are looking for fights or to document them. they're all livestreaming. When tensions boil over, it's meant to be ammunition for a culture war..."

This same establishment newspaper's editorial board includes Sarah Jeong, who tweeted: "kill all men" and "fuck white women lol."

What does this tell us about the state of "journalism" today?

For outlets like the New York Times, such reactions to the Ngo attack reveals that they consider someone a "journalist" to the extent that he or she follows their Party Line. Should someone dare to cross that line, they become a non-person, a pariah, an "other" to be subjected to insult, humiliation, and violence without consequence.

The establishment has thus redefined "journalism" in their minds to mean support for the Left.

But such a definition is "Fake News" which violates their own published guidelines.

In 1896, Adolph S. Ochs declared the New York Times would report objectively without "fear or favor." The paper's current "Ethical Journalism" website repeats this promise:

"The goal of The New York Times is to cover the news as impartially as possible — “without fear or favor,” in the words of Adolph Ochs, our patriarch — and to treat readers, news sources, advertisers and others fairly and openly, and to be seen to be doing so. The reputation of The Times rests upon such perceptions, and so do the professional reputations of its staff members. Thus The Times and members of its news department and editorial page staff share an interest in avoiding conflicts of interest or an appearance of a conflict."

Journalistic reactions--or lack thereof--to Antifa's brutal attack on Andy Ngo have cast a stain on the reputation of the New York Times and every other news organization which has failed to defend him and his right to report without fear of violence.

The attack on Andy Ngo proves that he is indeed the real journalist.

 

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on July 1, 2019 11:37

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