After spending weeks running op-eds about the value of political violence against those with whom Antifa disagrees, The Washington Post finally covered an Antifa riot honestly: as a violent attack on peaceful demonstrators. Their headline: “Black-clad antifa members attack peaceful right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley.”
Here’s the Post:
Their faces hidden behind black bandannas and hoodies, about 100 anarchists and antifa— “anti-fascist” — members barreled into a protest Sunday afternoon in Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park. Jumping over plastic and concrete barriers, the group melted into a larger crowd of around 2,000 that had marched peacefully throughout the sunny afternoon for a “Rally Against Hate” gathering. Shortly after, violence began to flare. A pepper-spray-wielding Trump supporter was smacked to the ground with homemade shields. Another was attacked by five black-clad antifa members, each windmilling kicks and punches into a man desperately trying to protect himself. A conservative group leader retreated for safety behind a line of riot police as marchers chucked water bottles, shot off pepper spray and screamed, “Fascist go home!”
The media have heretofore pretended that Antifa is merely an anti-fascist group, responding only to violence. That’s been a full lie for well over a year. Antifa’s violence and threats of violence have been well documented in locations ranging from Sacramento to Berkeley to Portland. And the media have covered for them, because Antifa’s very presence gives the lie to the left-wing talking point that right-wing violence is the only serious political danger to the nation.
The question is whether the Post will continue with its honest coverage, or will revert to the same sort of “both sides” routine they decried from President Trump on Charlottesville. That, in fact, was the only part of Trump’s remarks that deserved accolades: his willingness to state openly and truthfully that violence came from both sides in Charlottesville. Antifa is a blight, and the Leftist media’s obsession with excusing their violations of civilized behavior in pursuit of dragon-slaying supposed Nazis must stop.
Ben Shapiro, The Daily Wire, August 28, 2017