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.

If there is any doubt about the radical agenda in our school systems, this California teacher just put that to bed. She asked to remain anonymous and courageously agreed to join Glenn on radio Wednesday and provided a document all about the mandatory training the teachers in her school district all had to complete.

They are not required to implement the training in actual curriculum but they are encouraged to talk to their kids about it. She asked colleagues what they thought about the training and many said that it was not sitting right with them but maybe it was because they had racist tendencies themselves.

Read the full document here:

Howtotalkabout race.pdf

Here's how the conversation went:


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Once again, the media has failed to carry out even the most cursory investigation when it comes to allegations against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). But investigative journalist David Steinberg has been piecing together "32 new, verifiable, archived pieces of evidence" that indicate Omar conducted the "most extensive spree of state and federal felonies by an elected congressperson in U.S. history."

Steinberg joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail how the pieces fit together in his latest report available on TheBlaze.com.

"It's over," Steinberg told Glenn. "There's really nothing left. It's all ... the publicly available documentation that anyone would need to be convinced that, for eight years, [Omar] married her brother to commit immigration fraud. And this marriage fraud also was in the service of education fraud/student loan fraud. And along the line, we have evidence, that she filed at least two years of fraudulent tax returns, possibly eight [years]. We have evidence that she perjured herself eight times during her 2017 divorce from this man. And along the way, of course, we know she was living in public housing. We also know she was likely receiving subsidized child care.

"Essentially, almost everything she put her name on for eight years was perjury or fraud. And it all adds up to likely the most extensive spree of state and federal felonies by an elected congressperson in U.S. history. I really have no other way to put it. That's how big this is."

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The extreme-left idea that gender is "fluid" is a complete denial of science, according to sex researcher and neuroscientist Dr. Debra Soh.

Dr. Soh joined Glenn Beck on his latest podcast to talk about her new book, "THE END OF GENDER: Debunking the Myths about Sex & Identity in Our Society" and to offer a hard dose of objective truth about gender and sexual orientation based on scientific facts.

She also explained why she had to leave academia to be able to speak freely about sex and identity, and how — despite being a liberal — the far-left is actively trying to cancel her for saying there are biological differences between men and women.

Watch the video clip below or find the full episode of the "Glenn Beck Podcast with Dr. Debra Soh here.

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In February 2020, Glenn Beck and his research team uncovered an alleged multi-billion dollar money laundering scheme which lead to a missing $1.8 billion in U.S. aid sent to Ukraine during the Obama administration, all of which pointed to Igor Kolomoisky, the corrupt Ukrainian billionaire at the center of it all.

If you missed Glenn's February special, "Ukraine: The Final Piece," you can find it here.

This week, the FBI raided the offices of U.S. companies owned by Kolomoisky in Cleveland and Miami. Additionally, the Department of Justice accused the Ukrainian oligarch of stealing billions of dollars from PrivatBank and then laundering the money through a network of companies all over the world. Kolomoisky and partner, Hennadiy Boholyubov, owned PrivatBank until December 2016, when Ukraine nationalized the bank because billions of dollars had gone missing.

Kolomoisky has ties to the Ukrainian gas firm Burisma, former Burisma board member Hunter Biden, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, whose phone call with President Donald Trump was central to the Democrats' now-failed impeachment attempt.

On the radio program Friday, Glenn spoke with chief researcher Jason Buttrill about these latest developments.

"Yeah, $1.8 billion of [taxpayer] money that just vanished has now been found, or at least part of it, in Miami and Cleveland," Glenn said.

"I can't believe it's taken this long," Jason responded. "You said in February that [Kolomoisky] was the key to finding out where the money went. And we're talking about $1.8 billion dollars — $1.8 billion! That could finance a small war."

"That money went to PrivatBank — that's Kolomoisky's bank," he continued. "It was later nationalized after they found out all this money was mysteriously going missing. But it went through a bank in Cypress then, poof, it was laundered all over the world. [...] We also showed, in one of the previous shows, that there were wire transfers going from Burisma, which Kolomoisky is the managing principal of, to Hunter Biden."

Glenn and Jason also talked about recent reports from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) alleging ties between American revolutionaries, such as Antifa, and Marxist terrorists in Syria, which BlazeTV exposed back in June. Find out more here.

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