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July 09, 2019

Antifa Imposes Rules on the Media, Which the Media Apparently Obeys

I don't remember the media publishing too many pictures of antifa violence. And it turns out, Antifa gives orders to the media not to publish such pictures.

I don't remember hte media publishing many pictures of unmasked antifa criminals, despite the fact that local police departments publish these photos, and the conservative alternative media does publish them.

So it seems on both counts: Antifa commands, and their media allies comply.



I remember the media delighting in publicizing the face of the "Crying Nazi."

Why then do they take such pains to conceal the faces of antifa thugs and Moral Police Vigilantes? Seems like only an ally would do that.

In May, Quillette published an analysis suggesting that many of the journalists charged with covering antifa seem to indeed be coordinating with antifa.

Antifa often receives media coverage that is neutral or even favorable, with its members’ violence either being ignored by reporters or vaguely explained away as a product of right-wing provocation. What's more, anecdotal evidence has suggested that many of the mainstream reporters who are most active in covering Antifa also tend to enthusiastically amplify Antifa's claims on social media.

In October 2018, my research partner and I decided to investigate the truth of this impression by using a mix of network mapping and linguistic analysis to see which prominent journalists who covered Antifa also were closely connected to leading Antifa figures on social media. We then inspected the Antifa-related stories these journalists had written.

We created a data set of 58,254 Antifa or Antifa-associated Twitter accounts based on the follows of 16 verified Antifa seed accounts. Using a software tool that analyzed the number and nature of connections associated with each individual account, we winnowed the 58,254 Antifa or Antifa-associated Twitter accounts down to 962 accounts. This represents a core group of Twitter users who are connected in overlapping ways to the most influential and widely followed Antifa figures. Of these 962 accounts, 22 were found to be verified--of which 15 were journalists who work regularly with national-level news outlets.


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