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Where is the media’s reporting on a former Occupy Wall Street activist and Obama acolyte?
the wake of the deadly Charlottesville riot, the narrative of the left emerged loud and clear. The rioters were all Trump troops, a pack of right-wing racists on the march everywhere.
White supremacists say they are just warming up,” wrote Tony Pugh of McClatchy News, in a piece headlined “America’s neo-Nazis are raising money, planning more rallies.” The violence at Charlottesville was only the “latest data point on a dramatically escalating trendline of hate-group activity.” As Pugh saw it:
“White supremacists picked up the pace in 2008, after the election of the first African American president, and again this year as white-power groups saw Donald Trump’s win as an opportunity to move from the fringes toward the near mainstream of political discourse.”
And so on. As Joseph Klein showed, that sort of boilerplate showed up all over the establishment media, including the Washington Post and New York Times. But things weren’t quite so simple.
Breitbart senior editor-at-large Joel Pollack was one of the first to point out that Jason Kessler, organizer of last Sunday’s rally in Charlottesville, “is rumored to be a former Occupy Wall Street activist and supporter of Barack Obama.” Pollock was not depending on some anonymous tipster. Indeed, his source was the Southern Poverty Law Center.
According to the SLPC, Kessler was busted for shoplifting and obstructing justice and other offences in 2005 but remained unknown to the media. Near the end of 2015, he started a blog about his books Midnight Road and Badland Blues. As SPLC sleuths noted, “Rumors abound on white nationalist forums that Kessler’s ideological pedigree before 2016 was less than pure and seem to point to involvement in the Occupy movement and past support for President Obama.”
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