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.
“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:
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.
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?
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.
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