The AP's love affair with Antifa is partisanship cloaked as news

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The Associated Press has been on a downward slide. The media haven't talked about it because the downward slide takes the Leftist bent of most mainstream media news sources. But it's not healthy. And, at the very least, we need to be aware of it. Don't get me wrong, the AP is still an incredible source for good journalism, but, increasingly, it is polluted with subtle partisanship cloaked as news. Take their coverage of Antifa, most recently an article from yesterday.

The title:

Oregon police chief orders review of use of force at protest.

From the headline, it's clear that the AP plans to frame Antifa as the victims.

Police ordered the counter-protesters to disperse, then moved in behind a volley of stun grenades. One of the rounds reportedly hit a counter-protester in the head, becoming embedded in his helmet and injuring him.

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I love that last one. Of course the guy had a helmet on. He was wearing a helmet and still somehow got hurt. Antifa aren't exactly known for their bravery or honor. They reminded us of that fact this weekend. Video footage emerged of Antifa members chasing a man as he tried to get away from them, then sucker-punching him, and, finally, spraying him with bear mace as he writhed on the ground. Antifa has a habit of sucker-punching and assaulting people, there are hours of this on YouTube documenting this fact. They pride themselves for their organized anarchy. They vehemently hate police. So, from the first line of the AP article, it's clear that the journalist has sided with Antifa:

Portland police were accused Sunday of being heavy-handed against people protesting a rally by extreme-right demonstrators, reportedly injuring some counter-protesters and prompting the city's new police chief to order a review of officers' use of force.

So this is a story about police using excessive force on "counter-protestors" who are "protesting" "extreme-right demonstrators"? In other words, the police are the problem here, and Antifa is the victim, despite standing up for a just cause. For some reason, the article quotes the Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Portland chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, who said that police "targeted Portland residents peacefully counter-protesting against racist far-right groups, including white supremacists, white nationalists, and neo-Nazi gangs." This quote comes near the top of the article. It's the first quotation in the article. The next quote comes from the Portland branch of the ACLU, which called the police's response to Antifa "completely unacceptable in a free society."

Oddly, the article does not include a statement from the police themselves, only noting that Police Chief Danielle Outlaw "assumed command less than a year ago as Portland's first African-American female police chief." Why is that relevant? Isn't it more important to know what she has to say? In her words? The article only says that Police Chief Outlaw "said in a statement that she takes all use-of-force cases seriously."

Any respectable news outlet would call Antifa what it is: A radical hate group.

Any respectable news outlet would call Antifa what it is: A radical hate group. Instead, the Associated Press goes after the police and the right-leaning Proud Boys, citing the Southern Poverty Law Center as a source: "The Proud Boys has been characterized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is "dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society."

The SPLC is itself guilty of many of these puzzling leaps of logic, and has been asked about ANTIFA so many times that they finally included an answer in the FAQ:

The SPLC condemns violence in all its forms, including the violent acts of far-left street movements like Antifa (short for anti-fascist). But the propensity for violence, though present in many hate groups, is not among the criteria for listing. Also, Antifa groups do not promote hatred based on race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Associated Press is even nicer:

The counter-protesters were made up of a coalition of labor unions, immigrant rights advocates, democratic socialists and other groups.

This heroic band of rebels held "banners and signs with messages such as 'Alt right scum not welcome in Portland.' Some chanted 'Nazis go home.'"

Their goal, according to the Anti-Defamation League, is "to intimidate and dissuade racists, but the use of violent measures by some Antifa against their adversaries can create a vicious, self-defeating cycle of attacks, counter-attacks and blame. This is why most established civil rights organizations criticize Antifa tactics as dangerous and counterproductive."

Yet the Associated Press publishes a glowing review of them and their cause.

Yet the Associated Press publishes a glowing review of them and their cause. The only space in the article allotted to the "extreme-right demonstrators" comes literally at the end of the article, with mention of Joey Gibson, who organized the rally, noting that he disputed that the right-leaning crowd is part of a hate group.

He said:

We're here to promote freedom and God. That's it. Our country is getting soft.

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) may say he's all about advocating for the common good, but during his more than 30 years in "public service," the socialist senator has been more adept at promoting his own bottom line.

Investigative journalist and best-selling author, Peter Schweizer, joined Glenn Beck in the studio Friday to discuss his new book, "Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Political Elite," and to break downs how Sanders has become the very model of the corrupt socialist leader who becomes wealthy at the expense of the citizens they are elected to serve.

"It's a major problem for Bernie Sanders," Schweizer said. "He's turned socialism into a profession that has generated a lot of money to his family."

"Isn't that what always happens?" Glenn asked. "I mean, everybody in charge of a socialist country, they walk away with billions, in some cases, and the people are left starving."

"Yes, that's exactly right," agreed Schweizer. "It is a racket for Bernie Sanders. And the sort of austere image that he presents —kind of the John the Baptist of the progressive movement — it's simply not true."

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By now you've probably heard all about former Vice President Joe Biden's alleged corruption in Ukraine with his son, Hunter, and the Ukrainian energy company, Burisma. But as it turns out, the Biden family's dubious dealings weren't limited to Ukraine, but extended to China as well.

In this clip, Glenn Beck explains Hunter Biden's four primary "problems" in China, including partnering with criminals, working with Chinese companies accused of stealing and spying on the U.S. military, as well as some very sketchy investments.

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Bill O'Reilly joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" on Friday for his weekly take on the 2020 presidential race.

O'Reilly emphasized what a dangerous candidate socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) really is, and how the media is working to mislead voters by depicting other Democratic candidates, such as former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, as "moderate."

"The Democratic Party has been hijacked -- and this is no breaking news -- by the progressive left. Which is now being enabled by the national media," said O'Reilly.

"Bernie Sanders is a dangerous man. In any sane time, media time, that would be clear to everybody. But it's not," he added. "It's like, 'Oh, there's uncle Bernie and he just wants to give stuff away. What a great guy.' [He's] not a great guy, all right? He's a totalitarian. He'll take your freedom, in every area, away. Every area. There isn't one area, that Bernie Sanders wouldn't intrude upon, in your personal freedom. Yet, that's not reported. You don't know it unless you pay attention. It's all a bunch of dishonest blather that has obliterated the so-called moderate Democrat. And there are millions of those people. They don't know what to do because they have no voice in the media."

Glenn pointed out that the media has been "trying to make Pete Buttigieg into a moderate" ever since his strong showing in the Iowa caucuses last week.

"So, Pete Buttigieg: Harvard grad. Rhodes Scholar. Brilliant man, he is brilliant. Great speaker. Almost as good as Beck and I. Not quite, but almost," O'Reilly said. "He's only 38, all right? So, the guy goes out and runs for president after being the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, for eight years, and almost destroying that city. The city is in chaos, yet he's re-elected with 80% of the vote the second time. That's what a good BS'er Pete Buttigieg is.

The two went on to break down Buttegieg's radical policy plans on immigration, abortion, gun control, and more.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and his chief researcher, Jason Buttrill, have uncovered new evidence that suggests the coronavirus death toll numbers coming from China are grossly inaccurate.

After vetting several deep-fake videos circulating on social media, Jason unearthed shocking whistleblower-videos released by citizens of the communist state that show entire warehouses filled with body bags, along with other atrocities.

Jason and Glenn break down the real numbers and discuss the possibilities of the outbreak coming to America. Watch the video below for more details:

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