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Mon Aug 31, 2020, 04:37 PM

Mainstream media are whitewashing Patriot Prayer, a violent far-right group in Portland

Patriot Prayer has been linked to murders and other violent attacks. The New York Times described it as promoting “Christianity and smaller government.”

PUBLISHED 08/31/20 5:27 PM EDT

In the wake of the shooting death over the weekend of a supporter of the far-right group Patriot Prayer in Portland, Oregon, The New York Times, USA Today, and MSNBC are papering over the intrinsically violent nature of the group, its ties to white nationalism, and its history of staging armed confrontations against anti-fascist activists. This lapse is part of a larger pattern of mainstream media coverage that shies away from calling out right-wing extremism.

Patriot Prayer’s typical playbook, as the Southern Poverty Law Center has documented, is to “assemble a ready-to-rumble crew with out-of-town violent extremists, then troll through the urban center in hopes of confronting left-wing protesters, ensuring violence eventually will break out.” Patriot Prayer has repeatedly organized public events in Portland with the Proud Boys, which the FBI designates as an “extremist group with ties to white nationalism.” An attendee at a 2017 “free speech” rally organized by Patriot Prayer went on to murder two people and injure another in a hate crime attack a month later — only for the group to still go ahead with a planned “Trump Free Speech Rally” a week after that — and was sentenced this year to life in prison. Another frequent Patriot Prayer rally attendee and a member of the Proud Boys has posted threats online against the mayor of Portland.

The fatal shooting this weekend in Portland occurred shortly after a pro-Trump caravan traveling through the city confronted counterprotesters downtown.

The New York Times’ article about the shooting identified the victim in the subheadline as “a man affiliated with a right-wing group,” but the connection was not explained until the 12th paragraph: “The man who was shot and killed was wearing a hat with the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a far-right group based in the Portland area that has clashed with protesters in the past. Joey Gibson, the head of the group, said Sunday he could not share many details but could confirm the man was a good friend and supporter of Patriot Prayer.”


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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 04:49 PM

1. Sure are

Victim was literally wearing a hat of a far right wing group canned Patriots Prayer. Haven't seem that mentioned in any of the mainstream articles about the shooting.

They did mention it today on CNN however while I was watching.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 05:15 PM

2. Doesn't matter

The end result of this will be the Reich-wing pointing to the left saying, “See?? This is the murderous left! THEY are violent! THEY are the problem!” You will point to a 17-year old punk in Kenosha; they will point to this.

And it will be magnified by Trump, Tucker Carlson, Ingraham, Hannity, Pirro, OAN - and most of the GOP - over and over again until: “both sides!”

You’re not allowed to do summary “justice” in the streets. This has just given the Reich a club to beat you with.

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