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Andy Ngo: The Next Generation of News Grifter

Andy Ngo: The Next Generation of News Grifter

Thu, 05 Sep 2019 10:00

Andy Ngo: The Next Generation of News Grifter

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Hello, I'm Erica Kelly from the podcast Southern Fried True crime, and if you want to go from podcast fan to podcast host, do what I did and check out spreaker from iheart. I was working in accounting and hating it. Then after just 18 months of podcasting with Spreaker, I was able to quit my day job. Follow your podcasting dreams, let's break or handle the hosting, creation, distribution, and monetization of your podcast. Go to That's In the 1980s and 90s, a psychopath terrorized the country of Belgium. A serial killer and kidnapper was abducting children in the bright light of day. From Tenderfoot TV in iHeartRadio this is La Monstra, a story of abomination and conspiracy. The story about the man who's simply become known as. Lamaster. Listen for free on the iHeartRadio app, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. Hey, it's Roy Wood, junior, host of The Daily Show podcast beyond the scenes and we are back for season 2. Beyond the scenes is the podcast where we take the topics and segments that were on The Daily Show and give them a little more love. This season, we're bringing back more Daily Show writers, producers and correspondents, more experts, giving us some extra knowledge you can't get anywhere else. Don't miss it. Listen to beyond the scenes. On the iHeartRadio App, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. What's? Pardon my toes. I'm Robert Evans, host behind the ********. This is what what, what, what is, what is, what is, what is. With the laughter. Sophie. Good. I was lazy. That's pardon my twos. That's a solid introduction. I think you nailed it. Thank you, Jack. Sophie is being mean to me because she's the ******* of this episode. Oh wow. Really how mean she is to me. Yeah, yeah, no, I'm still building to that one. Ohh two Shay, my friends still doing research on. This is the show about the worst people in all the history. Obviously in in last episode we talked about James O'Keefe, the patron St of news Grifters, and in this episode we're going to talk about, I don't know, he hasn't worked with O'Keefe, but you might call him his spiritual disciple, a fellow named Andy? No, no. James O'Keefe has higher profile than Andy. No. Have you heard anything about Andy? Know? Jack recently started seeing people tweet about him and I saw the hammer thing that happened. Yeah, that was him. Right where he claimed that Antifa attacked somebody with a hammer and it was actually them being attacked. That was a yeah. Yeah. And Andy's a frequent guest on Tucker Carlson. He's very influential. He just hasn't been around as long as O'Keefe in the media sphere. So he's not quite as well known, although he's getting to be that way. So it's probably good for us to talk about him today. Andy Kwong, know, was born in Portland, OR, at some point in 1986. I don't have an exact birth date. The guy. His parents had immigrated from Vietnam via boat slightly less than a decade before. They've been forced into reeducation camps by the country's government, which may explain some of the political attitudes that no inherited. As a young man, no intended UCLA and volunteered with AmeriCorps. He graduated in 2009 with a graphic design degree, like roughly 40% of the people I went to college with. And like all of my friends, he was unable to find any work because graphic design degrees were essentially a scam played upon. Members of my generation, uh, he was forced to take work as a photographer for a used car lot and he spent a lot of time unemployed. No, would later tell BuzzFeed quote. My brain was in a stupor. I couldn't spend the rest of my life going from minimum wage job to minimum wage job. It's pretty sympathetic. So far, a lot of us have been there. Uh, like many millennials who realized they'd been gifted by the system and are taking on buckets of student loan debt for a degree that wouldn't actually get them a job. And he turned back towards the only thing that made sense to him, more school and more student loan debt. In 2015, he enrolled in a Masters program and political science at Portland State University. So yeah, that's this guy's story. So far now, no had been raised Buddhist and converted to Christianity in high school, but he became an atheist in the mid aughts. In 2012, he attended a Portland. Invention of the freedom from Religion Foundation as he got drawn into Internet atheist circles, he grew increasingly concerned about Islam. This was heightened in 2014 and 15 as the Islamic State rose to prominence. No became fascinated with radicalism, and not just the Muslim kind. As social justice causes became more prominent across American campuses, Andino grew concerned that a frenzy was overtaking American culture. According to a BuzzFeed profile quote, he attended an event at PSU where he said white students. Weren't allowed to speak. And another where he said a black student said she feared that she would be killed on campus by a white supremacist. I'm from the city, no remembered thinking. And they believe Portland State is a place where there are white racists all over who can come out at any time and kill you. It didn't seem to fit with reality. More than that, no thought he saw parallels with the Marxist Revolution his parents had lived through in Vietnam. I was deeply curious on how those beliefs could take root in my family's adopted hometown. So a couple of things to note, one of which is that Oregon was literally founded as a white supremacist state. And there have been several very well documented murders of black people by white supremacists in Portland itself within the last couple of decades. So yeah, it's not a silly right? Well, it was attempted. A guy named Jeremy Christian carried out an attack on a Portland Max train where he was threatening violence on two young Muslim women, one of whom was black. And two other passengers intervened and were stabbed to death protecting them. That was 2017. So yeah. There's no reason to be scared of white supremacists if you live in the city of Portland. Yeah, what a silly claim that woman was making. Yes yes, stupid of her to be worried about white supremacists who have only killed a couple of people in Oregon recently. As opposed to worried about Muslims who have killed 0 Oregonians in in by being attacked and thus drawing that person to. Defend her. Wasn't that woman sort of responsible? She was. She was. So if she had just not been on the bus, there would have been no attack, right? Yeah. I mean, there's two sides here. There's two sides here. Got to both sides of this one, Robert. Yeah, that that does remind me of how it was explained to me traffic rules work for foreigners in Japan, that if you're a foreigner and you're involved in a traffic altercation, it's generally viewed as your fault because if you hadn't moved to Japan. The crash wouldn't have happened. Yeah, yeah. Now, no claims. All of this stuff pushed him into becoming a free speech activist and a journalist. He joined the Portland State Vanguard, a school paper, as its multimedia editor. In 2017, he showed up at an interfaith talk at the university called unpacking misconceptions. During the talk, a Muslim student was asked for their interpretation of Koranic law and how it would apply to non-Muslims living in an Islamic state if that country applied the strictest interpretations of Quranic law. The student responded that based on her understanding, non-Muslims would be asked to leave the country. The implication is that they would be killed if they did not. Another Muslim immediately argued against this interpretation of the law, which is by the way absolutely not with the Koran says it's actually the opposite of a bunch of **** Mohammed said. If you're a Muslim and running a society according to like the rules Mohammed set out, you're actually required to treat people of the book in certain ways and protect them. But no, ignored that other students response and ignored the fact that the first response. Been to a theoretical question, not the student being asked what they wanted. He tweeted a video clip of just the response with the words. At Portland State Interfaith panel today, the Muslim student speaker said that apostates will be killed or banished in an Islamic state. Yeah, sounds like great journalism would say it. At an all faiths, uh, yeah. College. Yeah. And we see kind of the same O'Keefe tactic where you you you pick out just the answer to a question that if you strip it of all context sounds bad. But if included with context is just people having a discussion. But you don't include the discussion because the news story is just that clip. Yeah, it was a moment perfectly crafted for the right wing rage machine. Breitbart quickly farted out a news story titled Muslim Student Claims that non believers will be killed in Islamic countries. So the follows all this was significant. Andy was fired from the newspaper which led to more rage from the right as they rallied around their victimized truth teller. Andy was allowed to write an op-ed for the National Review where he basically claimed that he'd been let go for exposing the moral bankruptcy at the heart of multiculturalism. The Vanguard's editor said that Andy had been fired instead for oversimplifying the students answer to the point of rank and accuracy. The editor also noted that Andy seemed bafflingly and dangerously focused on Islam, despite the fact that very few Muslim people live anywhere. The organ. And there have been no Islamic terrorist attacks in the state of note now that any hope of yes. So at this point, any hope of career of Andy's career as a legitimate journalist had been shot and Andy no moved on to the refuge of all shameless partisan hacks. Are they suggesting that 911 was not a attack on all of America? Because that's ********. We were all attacked that day, all right? We were all attacked that day. I stepped on your I mean, I guess fair I stepped on your. Look to I'm sure in Oregonian or two died in that attack. But yeah, I don't know. It's just it's telling that his focus is entirely on Islam when if you look at the problem of political and religious violence in Oregon. That's not really a big issue there. Yeah, so Andy moves on to podcasting after he gets kicked out of the newspaper, and I I hate to admit it, Jack, but he kind of picked a perfect title for his new show. You want to you want to guess what Andy no calls his podcast. Something with his last name. You? Yeah, it is something. It's yeah, he he called it things you should know. Did he really? Hmm. Wow. I mean, yes, and he already has a job, so I can't go out and hire him on the spot. No, no, you can't. I mean, I I was ripping him off when I pitched the title for this podcast initially. As things you should, Robert Evans. We we didn't go with that for some reason, but. I mean, yeah, maybe we could sue him for copyright infringement, for stuff you should know, you should know. So Andy's guests were men like Jordan Peterson, YouTuber Sargon of Akkad, Dave Rubin, and other Alt right and intellectual dark web figures. But podcasting is hard, and only super profitable if you have the voice of a Greek God like us or you happen to be Joe Rogan like Joe Rogan. So Andy no looked towards the brilliant and highly lucrative example set by what? I liked that. Yeah, that part was fun to write. Thank you. Yeah, so Andy looked towards the highly lucrative example set by James O'Keefe. Andy had already succeeded in making one story go viral on the right wing, and unfortunately he hadn't moved quick enough to properly capitalize on the opportunity. So he's set to work crafting another viral piece of fake news and the hope that it too would set the right wing rage machine alight and direct donations to his Patreon. On August 29th, 2018, Andy no published an article. Titled A visit to Islamic England on the Wall Street Journal, I'm just going to read how this article opened. A visit to Islamic England. The subheading is Muslims headed to Friday prayer while non-Muslims went the other way. No one made eye contact. Here's how it opens London. Other tourists may remember London for its spectacular sights and history, but I remember it for Islam. When I was visiting the UK as a teenager in 2006, I got lost in an east London market. There I saw a group of women wearing head to toe black cloaks. I froze, confused and intimidated by the faceless figures. It was my first encounter with the Nick Cobb, which covers everything. That a woman's eyes now, yeah. That I didn't actually include this in the script, but there's literally a quote from Adolf Hitler where he's talking about how he first realized the Jews were dangerous, where he talks about seeing a a fundamentalist Jewish man wearing like the hair locks and the the yamaka in public in Vienna. And like he said, I found myself asking first, is this a Jew? And then is this a German like that? That's literally something Adolf Hitler wrote about. Like his like it. That's how Andy opens this ******* article. This was published in what publication? The Wall Street ************* journal what? Which you might remember Google considers to be the most credible source. I mean because they cover both sides. The person who is terrified of people from other cultures and. And the other side? Yeah, it's some. It's pretty wild now. The article was torn apart by people who actually live in England, which in case you were not aware, Jack is not an Islamic State. Muslims make up roughly 5% of the English population. No, he just saw one, one of them. And it scared him. It scared him. People weren't making eye contact. Jack, right. Yeah. And also this is a story of a time he got scared in 2006. Yeah, I think so. I think you're more like, OK, yeah, I think. Went more recently for the article like for the like he he opens it with a story of himself there in 2006. He's a bit of an Anglophile for the article so you know that I should note that in fairness, in more fairness, I should note that exaggerations and outright ******** were very common in the article. At one point Andy no complained about seeing a sign that called a neighborhood and alcohol restricted zone without doing any further research like a journalist, Andy just assumed that since alcohol is Haram for Muslims, they were behind this nefarious sign. The reality is that this neighborhood was an alcohol free zone due to a public safety ordinance created to stem a massive public drunkenness problem. Alcohol itself was not banned, just St drinking. But of course Andy did no digging and blamed Muslims for banning alcohol in this neighborhood. I also blame Muslims for the fact that you're not allowed to drink on the street in America too. Yeah, it's it's ******* wild, man. Like I live in Islamic State. I mean. Yeah, I I do shout that regularly at police when they arrest me for. Public drunkenness, what is this, ISIS? Yeah. I should note that I've spent time like, obviously there are Muslim countries where alcohol is forbidden or very difficult to acquire. But I have gotten so drunk in so many Muslim majority nations and never had a problem with it and met so many Muslims who were like, Oh yeah, we drink too. It's fine. Like, it's it's like you meet a lot of Jewish people who eat shellfish, you know? But for whatever reason, because. Conservatives are scared of Muslims. They assume that it's some, like ******** dictate that every one of them follows. Which, like, if you've ever, I don't know, I've I've gotten drunk with a lot of young women in headscarfs like, it's it's far from universally applauded. Make eye contact with you. How did you manage to unfreeze yourself while you were around those women, don't they? I mean, I will say they were not wearing the cops. I have never gotten drunk with somebody wearing the full nicob. Those people tend to be much more serious about the the letter of of of Islamic jurisprudence or whatever you want to call it. But yeah, now, in response to complaints about his ****** article, Andy wrote a follow up in the American Spectator and other right wing news site. Here's how he tried to defend himself. These vitriolic attacks all seized on my mistake over the sign. This evidence of my prejudice against Muslims. In fact, I was just trying, and perhaps sometimes failing, to describe what I saw. I admit to having been surprised by quite how segregated some parts of Britain have become. I try not to make judgments about that. But what I believe to be true is that Britain's multicultural policies have produced what Nobel Prize winning economist Amartya Sen calls plural monoculturalism. That is, different communities are monocultures existing side by side with little to no interaction with one another, which I don't know if you've ever seen what drunken British people eat when they're out on the street, which tends to be done. The bobs like like there's there's plenty of interchange. And so he's saying that he was actually talking about how the cultures don't interact enough. It was his was his issue. But he's the one who, in the story that opens the piece, freezes in terror when he sees a Muslim woman. Yeah, I think as as is generally true with bigots, his writing reveals his own prejudices more than it does any actual problems at the core of British culture or multiculturalism as a whole. So, uh, sadly, this article did not succeed in making Andy know a household name or earning him a spot with an outfit like Project Veritas. So he kept going. In the wake of the Jesse Smollett case, he started keeping a running tally of fake hate crimes, which he would collect and cover in articles with titles like inventing victimhood and hate crime hoaxes, reflect America's sickness. And he also took to the streets live streaming and writing about the escalating series of violent political rallies that have rocked Portland since the 2016 election in October of 2018. Showed up at a peaceful rally by the activist group Don't Shoot Portland, A March raising awareness for the police killing of Patrick Kimmons, a 27 year old black man. This was a fairly tame and orderly March. The only really negative moment came when a driver made an illegal right hand turn and hit some protesters who were legally crossing a crosswalk. This LED several protesters to hit the driver's vehicle. One protester shoved the driver. No one was seriously hurt and the driver was allowed to pull away. A reasonable person might conclude that the protesters rage at the driver. It was understandable given that he'd driven a car into them and given the car based terrorist attack on protesters in Charlottesville a year before. But a right wing radio station, WCBM, retweeted footage of 1. Angle of the altercation edited to remove all context of the event. They tweeted out with this Antifa anarchists threaten elderly driver in Portland. The story spread across white right wing media. One of the people who helped to spread it was Andy no. Those tweets eventually reached Tucker Carlson, and Mr Carlson had Andy Nolan as a guest to discuss the attack. 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So we're talking about, you know, this car hits protesters. Some of them hit the car back because they're angry, getting hit by a car, and the story spreads in right wing media as anarchists threatening an elderly driver. Tucker Carlson has Andy no on to discuss the event. The attack, the on-screen chyron above their below their discussion is Antifa violence out of control? So I'm going to play a clip from that. Here's Andy no talking. 2 Tucker Carlson some of the footage you showed was recorded over the weekend on Saturday by Brandon Farley and that was a protest organized by Don't Shoot Portland, which is a Black Lives Matter type of group. They were protesting the police involved shooting of a man who is suspected of shooting two people. The police here. Pretty hands off approach much of the time with protesters and what you saw on Saturday in the video is. Demonstrators were allowed to take over a street in downtown Portland and direct traffic and threatened drivers stop traffic while the police looked on from a block away because they were afraid of inflaming the situation. So there's a couple of things you might have noticed from that video. One of them is Andy's accent. OK, I was going to ask. Yeah, that's his fake British accent, which he has affected since he became a media personality. I want to reiterate that he was born and raised in Portland, OR. I was so confused by that. Yeah, yeah, he he pretends to be British. Sounds like, what's his name? Sebastian Gorka. Yeah, he's not good at having a fake British accent, but I think he's he's a real Anglophile. Yeah, he's he sounds a little bit like Frasier Crane. Yeah now the other thing you may have noticed is that in this interview he basically describes the police as ignoring anti fascists. At one point he says that the response to Antifa has been hands off in the city of Portland. I should note that he described this response as hands off. 5 months after Portland police opened fire with grenades upon a crowd of anti fascist activists, one man was shot in the back of the head. The less than lethal munition cracked his skull and would have killed him had he not been wearing a helmet, but hands off them with their hands. I mean with truncheons, yeah, hands off technically. So the faux outrage over this non incident helped inspire a patriot prayer rally organized by the group's leader Joey Gibson which he called Flash March for law and order in Portland. The March provided onlookers with a great example of what happens when these far right rallies are not met by an organized anti fascist presence. Right wing Brawlers assaulted numerous people on the street as scattered anti fascists struggled to respond. You can find video of right wing gang members stomping on people and punching them unprovoked. This happened in a matter of days after a group of proud boys ran roughshod. Over a neighborhood in New York City assaulting outnumbered counter protesters. Now Andy no hadn't filmed the video of the car assault that Tucker Carlson publicized, but he had helped spread it. And by showing up on Carlson's show, pretending to be a non biased journalist and making anti fascists look dangerous, he'd found a lucrative niche for himself. The one that he'd been looking for all his career. So a little bit after that video went viral, another video went viral on Tucker Carlson's the Daily Caller as a result of a tweet that Andy know had sent out. On the surface, this video showed a left wing activist yelling at a woman who claimed to be a 911 widow. She was not actually a 911 widow, she was lying about that. But Tucker Carlson credited no with bringing the video to his site's attention, although no had not actually filmed it. The video ignited the right wing rage machine and sent hundreds of extremely online conservatives into a doxxing frenzy. Unfortunately, they were bad. And rather than doxing the actual activists, they doxxed a professional skateboarder that they misidentified as the culprit. When the actual dude was finally identified, he received mass death threats, as did the Social service agency who employed him. According to Arun Gupta, who interviewed a source at the agency, it was, quote, flooded with hundreds of harassing calls and Facebook messages that were explicitly racist and threatening to harm and kill staff. So this is going on for months on end, Andy. No publicizing and often editing misleading videos to sick, angry conservatives on local Portland activists. Many of them have received death threats as a result of this in an article for the left wing website Jacobin, Gupta notes quote Jacobin has talked to six people in Portland, including journalists, political officials and activists who described harassing messages and threats of violence resulting from nose work or political involvement in Portland. Friends of two other activists claim they went into hiding after no spread their names and they became targets of harassment. Some individuals whose tangled publicly with no are reluctant to go on their record. They say they want to avoid the trauma of being subjected to a new round of death threats. In fact, Andino seems to rely on people not speaking up about his effect on them. He often writes of how activists won't talk to him or how they take down social media profiles after he focuses on them, seeming to imply they have something to hide. Madison, a Portland activist who tracks know, says no signals that this is a person that should be targeted, should be harassed, and should be threatened, and he puts a target on them, and that results in the person being doxed. Andy is giving people explicit permission to unleash hatred and violence on people. He absolutely knows what he's doing. Knows what he's doing. You did it. Yeah. I I can do the thing that he does. Yep. Yep. It is OK for us to do because he did it. Yeah. Now we're actually going to run into another case like that a little later. Nose role in stocking harassment against against individuals he disagrees with goes even deeper than that. See, Andy is now an editor at the far right website quillette, which among other things runs articles that advocate for a cleaned up, modern version of phrenology. Earlier this year, Quillette ran an article by a researcher named join Lenahan. On its surface, the article purported to be a groundbreaking study laying out a network of journalists who were secretly connected to Antifa. Now the reality is that Yoin is no more a researcher than I am a tennis pro. His idea of being connected to Antifa was no deeper than tracking journalists who followed at least 16 verified Antifa accounts and wrote articles he considered sympathetic to anti fascists. There are a number of reasons this is absurd. For example, I follow at least 16 anti fascist accounts. I also follow Augustus and Victus, a literal neo-Nazi running for president. I followed members of numerous right wing extremist and terrorist groups on Twitter. Because as a journalist, that's kind of what you do now. The independent in coverage of this even noted that Quillette founding editor, Claire Lehman, follows more than 16 white nationalist accounts on Twitter. But the fact that Lenahan was a complete fraud with no academic credentials, and the fact that his study was nonsense had no impact on quillette. The study spread like wildfire through the fever swamps of the right and eventually made its way into the phones and computers of actual Nazi terrorists. 1 white nationalist tied to the Atomwaffen Division posted a YouTube video that showed pictures of several of the. Journalist named in the Quillette article. The video was titled Sunset. The media and it not so subtly suggested that these people should be murdered. The video ended with a quote from James Mason, a neo-Nazi, terrorist and author of the book Siege, which is a guide for how to commit terrorism. The quote was about so-called lone Wolf attacks, Mason said, quote I do not urge anyone to do anything like that, but when it gets done, I won't disown them. Jesus. Now this all kind of ****** me off because a lot of the people named in the article and in that video are. Colleagues and friends of mine, the Quillette article made it onto Stormfront and neo-Nazi message board. The FBI has tied to more than 100 murders, and it's led to a lot of death threats from different groups towards journalists who are really good reporters. By publishing the shade piece of crap journalism, the editors at quillette endangered the lives of innocent people. One of those people was reporter Shane Burley. He noted in an article for the Independent quote in a tweet. Quillette contributor Andy No attempted to identify us and others as covert Antifa ideologues. Using his experts for willing journalists, all of whom apparently have joined together in a plot to create some kind of media Antifa industrial complex so you can see why a lot of people in Portland are not exactly big fans of Mr Andy know their distaste for him would intensify after May 1st, 2019. Now, Portland is obviously a very left wing city and Mayday marches are common there due to the sheer number of leftist activists in the streets. Right wing protesters like Joey Gibson, Patriot Prayer, and sentry proud boys avoided hosting a single event where they would be swamped and swarmed and instead traveled around in a small group, demasking people and generally trolling. At the end of the day they headed to a popular anti fascist hangout in the city named Cider Riot. Now Cider Riot is a bar, although they get angry if you call them a bar and prefer the term cidery. I'm going to be referring to them as a bar. Because they're a bar. I'm sorry, cider riot. Joey Gibson and a group of his goons showed up there with Andy no in tow and assaulted several people there. Ian Kramer, a member of Patriot Prayer, whipped out a telescoping baton and shattered a young woman's vertebrae with it. The attack is on video and it is entirely unprovoked. There was no fight, just a violent assault that you could very fairly call attempted murder. Hey everybody, one quick bit of clarification. When I say there was no fight, like there was a big brawl going on at cider. That was started initially when some guys from Patriot Prayer began macing the people at Cider Riot and they sprayed Mace back, and it eventually evolved into throwing stuff and then a fist fight. When I say there was no fight, I mean that the young woman who's vertebrae was broken was not fighting. She in fact had her back turned to Ian Kramer at the time when he swung at her. So I just wanted to clarify on that point. Now, in recent days there have been a number of arrests, I think 6 so far due to the Mayday attack, but we're going to get to that later in the immediate wake of the attack. Portland local shared video of the brutal assault. Andy publicly doubted on Twitter whether the woman had suffered any kind of serious injury. He also docked her in a tweet in which he claimed, without proof, that she had committed crimes at a previous event. His tweet read. The Antifa woman who got knocked out cold at May Day is and he gave her name. She is the person who tried to shut down the James Damore Portland State panel last year by sabotaging and damaging sound equipment. Now as you might imagine, this ****** *** more people. Several folks who were at Cider Riot claimed no had basically lured them out of the bar and was thus a willing participant in the attack. I haven't seen any evidence that this is true, but I say this in order to give you an idea of the sort of attitude that developed around no in the wake of that attack people were ****** at him. This all came to a head in July during yet another set of dueling anti fascist rallies in Portland. Andy knows showed up live streaming to the anti fascist side of things where he was promptly doused with multiple milkshakes. That was actually there for that part. Not long after that he wound up surrounded by a group of masked anti fascists. Several of these people assaulted him, punching him a number of times. The video of the assault is very clear and quite ugly, no? Immediately filmed himself bruised and bloodied in the wake of the attack. Now the assault went very viral and prompted calls from the President and Republican lawmakers to declare Antifa a domestic terrorist organization. Even centrist journalists like Jake Tapper picked up on the story, reporting it as another case of Antifa violence against journalists. The real story ******* worst. I hate Jake Tapper. Yeah, he's he's he's a garbage reporter. Now. The real story is a lot more complicated than that. Andy, no, is not a journalist. He is a right wing activist. That does not justify his assault, which was absolutely not OK, but he was not a bystander, just recording the event and, you know, was a participant in a running series of St Battles which have torn Portland apart for the last three years. He got assaulted during one of these St battles, and again, that's not OK, but his assault is no different. From any of the hundreds of other assaults, most of which were against left wing demonstrators that have taken place during the last three years. And this fact is made very clear in a video that was released just a couple of weeks ago or just actually less than a week ago when we record this, which we'll talk about once we come back from an ad break. In the 1980s and 90s, a psychopath terrorized the country of Belgium. A serial killer and kidnapper was abducting children in the bright light of day. 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A full video from the Mayday attack was released and this video showed was had been filmed by someone who had been walking and marching with Joey Gibson, Andy no, and other right wing activists on their way to cider Riot that Mayday. The full video paints a very different picture of what happened than one I think no would have liked to have been known. I'm going to quote the Portland Mercury's coverage of the video. Quote The most incendiary of the clips show a small group of Patriot prayer members milling about a few blocks from the cider bar waiting for instructions. Gibson, who's texting Joey? Someone asks. Well, the group seems to be without a game plan, another man says. Tell Joey about and them to hurry the **** **. I hope they got like 10 big dudes with them. As the group waits to discuss their weaponry, a few men consider which way the winds blowing to avoid getting spray in their eyes. Another man holds a thick wooden dowel and practices swinging it like a baseball bat somewhere. Goggles, helmets and tactical gloves. One woman is holding a brick. Who's the guy with the weapons here? A man holding a police baton says, appearing to become agitated that the group has to wait for Gibson. Me a little while. Later, someone in the group tells a person on speakerphone there's going to be a huge fight and gives them directions to cider riot. Now that all is pretty damning evidence of conspiracy to Riot, which is what six of the people present there have been arrested for, and Andy no was present and filming for all of this. But not once, in the wake of the attacks, did he share any of his videos, any of his audio, or report this clear evidence of people planning, planning to commit mass assault to the police or to the media. You can even, in the video, see him smile at one point. With his comrades discussed their plans to attack the cider bar. This video makes it very clear that Andy know is not a journalist. He is a participant in this attack. Of course, none of this evidence was out in July when no was assaulted and he was able to raise a huge amount of money. He claimed in the immediate wake of the attack that he had suffered a brain bleed. He has presented 0 evidence of this. He flew across the across the country less than a week later and was checked out of the hospital the next day. I feel it's fair to question those honesty about the extent of his injuries since that's exactly what he did to the young woman who had her spine broken outside of cider. Right now, the good news seems to be that many journalists on the center have at least finally started waking up to Andy knows grift during the August 17th protests, which I also attended. No retweeted several edited chunks of other people's videos to try and push claims that Antifa has committed numerous assaults on decent, harmless right wing activists. To give you a brief summary of his lies, he claimed that a bicyclist swerved to avoid an Antifa person on a scooter, causing a serious accident. There was in fact, a scooter bicycle accident during the time of the rally. But it had nothing to do with the protest or Antifa. And Portland police repeatedly pointed this out when challenged on this fact. And, you know, posted Portland Police Bureau have released a press statement saying the two had actually collided when the woman on the scooter was going in the wrong direction. A source tells me she was part of the Antifa group. She and friends had been passing around the scooter and taking turns trying it out. Yeah and another yeah yeah damning Andy. At another point in the day an armored school bus filled with members of American Guard, a fascist extremist group linked to 9 murders and mosque burnings attempted to cross into downtown Portland to do God knows what they were caught by anti fascists. While stopped in traffic the anti fascists chucked water bottles and what appears to be sheetrock at the bus which again was armored and had screens on most of the windows. Several of them kicked at the door of the bus. The fascists then opened the door of the bus. And one of them began swinging a hammer at people's faces. One anti fascist managed to take the hammer from him and swing it back. Andy know tweeted edited video that just showed the antifascist with the hammer and claimed that this had been an unprovoked attack by Antifa, something actual video evidence clearly contradicts. Again this is the guy's ******* strategy. At several points he posted video or pictures of injured older men claiming they had been assaulted by Antifa. In every case full video showed that these men were taking place in St brawls and in some cases instigating them. One video is a picture of a clearly inebriated man who taped his fists up specifically to punch people and repeatedly shouted the passerby were *******. He would eventually succeeded in starting a fight when he was beat up. Anti fascist St medics provided first aid care to him. This is all documented but here's how Andy no characterized things posting just a picture of the man on the ground. middle-aged man was maced and beaten by an Antifa mob. He was knocked unconscious to the ground. His partner or spouse was trying to protect him as the mob still surrounded them. No police when the man. Regained consciousness, he began, like, instigating fights immediately again, like he was with the people who care of him. Yeah, yeah, it's it's it's all pretty, yeah. So in the wake of the footage of the media attack and the sheer shocking number of lies no was caught telling about the August 17th rally, many local and national reporters have begun to dissociate themselves from the hymn. So it is possible that his grift has peaked and we're all about to watch him take a downhill slide. But if the lesson of James O'Keefe teaches us anything, it's that repeated and flagrant. Guys are no barrier to a lucrative career in right wing journalism, and based on that, I suspect that Andy know is going to have a long and very profitable career. Has he been on Tucker Carlson's show recently? I don't think he's been since August 17th actually, but I'm not 100% certain about that. Tucker Carlson also took a planned vacation recently. So maybe, yeah, yeah. Well, after claiming that white supremacy was not a problem in the US after a white supremacist terror attack, he always seems to have these vacations planned for right after he says some just blatantly racist ****. That's weird. I mean, you know, that's how I plan all of my vacations, too, so I'm not going to hit him too much on that, you know? I don't know. And you know, makes me very angry. I think he's a dangerous person and I don't like him. That's the, that's that's what I got. Yeah, that seems to be. You know, the actual Nazis during, you know, the early 20th century didn't make a bunch of very convincing documentaries, but they made a bunch of, you know, famous works of propaganda and, yeah, because you have to. Edit The truth out of movies to get for the reality or presenting to cohere to your version of things. And it seems like that yeah, these people are just propagandists who manage to hijack a very willing right wing media and a bad centrist media. You know Andy know was responsible like during the the rally in July for sharing this picture of what what if you look at the. Sure. It's an older man in his 60s with white hair and just blood pouring down his face. And the top of his shirt, which, you know, obviously was claimed to have been an old man assaulted by Antifa for no good reason. And it made it into like, local reporting, like centrist and sort of mainstream local news organizations. Like one of the titles right above this picture was two more Oregon men are left bloody after violent Antifa attack at Portland protest. There's other pictures of the same guy before he's bloody with a telescoping. Tan and a fedora smiling and rushing towards a crowd, and there's video of him sparking attacks and swinging a stick at people. The guy got hit in the head after swinging a baton at people and instigating attacks and, like, might have hit. Yeah, the violence definitely occurred on both sides, but this guy was an instigator and not an innocent old man. He was a dude swinging a ******* baton at people, like. That's part of the problem is that, like, what's been happening in Portland is a complicated and conflicting series of St Battles, and there's absolutely been bad actors on both sides. But the right wing media is trying to portray Antifa as this, like, violent organization. Whereas the reality is most of them are more apt to do things like show up in banana costumes as a marching band or like a like help hold prayer vigils and stuff. And there are a smaller number of of guys who are there because they want to have a fight. Whereas on the right you have also a **** load of people who show up because they want to have a fight and sometimes members of both groups get their wish. But like the idea that this is terrorism or anything but two groups who hate each other fighting in the street is pretty ridiculous. And the number of assaults that occur when the right wing demonstrators aren't checked by large scale groups of anti fascists like those are the least violent rallies when a **** load of anti fascists show up and just sort of. Drown them out like that's why on August 17th there was no serious violence. But so I mean, in comparison, how do the number of people murdered by right wing extremists compared to the number of people murdered by Antifa? Well, so far there's been zero people murdered by Antifa. The closest thing you come to an attack carried out by someone who marched with any of those groups was William Spracklen, the guy who attacked those ice buses. Hey everybody, I screwed up again. His name was Willem van Spronsen, not Sprachen. Sorry, I'm dumb and to hack and a fraud. And he didn't kill anybody. He attempted to destroy buses that were empty to stop ice from being able to deport people. He was a guy who. Yeah, they. Yeah, they shot. He did have a gun with him, you know? Yeah, yeah. That's the closest you get to an Antifa attack with a body count of 0. Whereas, you know, we're up to well over 100 right wing deaths in the last year and change like deaths as a result of right wing terrorists in the last year and change. And the police have arrested 27 people. Since El Paso for planning terrorist attacks, the vast majority of whom had clear right wing and white supremacist ties. Yeah, yeah, it's weird. Yeah, I wonder how the right would react if Antifa killed a single person. Well, and this is what's really worrying to me is that I, I suspect they're absolutely will be probably inspired by like environmental activism, a deadly terrorist attack in the near future, you know, maybe on oil and gas employees or something like that. And when that happens, it's going to be used as the justification for a vast crackdown on left wing activists. Whereas, you know, there's been essentially was nothing done up until El Paso. You know, after it took, it took dozens of right wing attacks for any kind of crackdown to occur, and even then it's been fairly mild. It's frustrating. It is. I would agree with that, yeah. So everybody look forward to the eco terrorist attacks in our future and. But keep an eye out for people like Andy. No, because they're full of ****. Yeah. All the pictures. You when you just do a Google image search of him, it's all him with like a black eye appearing on various news things and just looking very, you know, beat down and yeah, Vick, to me, it's just, yeah. He's he talks about the victim culture, the people claiming to be victims, and that seems to be his whole MO. Yeah, that's he he. Really like it? Getting assaulted? Worked out very well for his career. I can say that. You know, he made 1/4 of $1,000,000 in a matter of hours. And, you know, he's, he's, he's. I don't know, I I'd be interested to see his medical reports. Yeah, I also suspect I I'd be interested to see if he gets charged as a result of any of the videos that came out on cider riot or about cider, right. He doesn't doesn't say really anything during those videos, but he's present the entire time and I don't know, it's it's very like I can say this as a guy who frequently is on and filming on the anti fascist side of things, if I was embedded with a group of these people and I heard them planning to attack a bunch of people sitting and chilling at a bar. And then one of the anti fascist side was with unprovoked, broke a woman's spine. I would report that **** because that would be a serious crime and not OK. That's what you do as a journalist regardless of where your sympathies lie. And I think Andy's performance during the Mayday attack is, is all the evidence you need that he's not a journalist, right? Yeah, I think that's pretty fair. Yeah. Hey everybody, just one quick update. Andy know no longer works at Quillette. Some people say he's been fired. His name has certainly been removed from the masthead. I think some of his articles have been purged. Uhm, you know. 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