Accuracy in Media

On Inauguration Day back in January, fascists from the alt-left group Antifa burned a limousine in front of The Washington Post newsroom.

They might want to be more careful next time so as not to endanger their coworkers.

Antifa and The Washington Post are on the same team. Amazon.com, which is owned by the same person who owns the Post, is now actively promoting the Antifa fascist group on its website.

Type “Antifa” into Amazon’s search box, and you’ll see everything from flags and banners to T-shirts, ball caps, posters and stickers. All include the Antifa fascists’ logo – a red flag over a black flag inside of a circle with a white background and black outline.

One of the first pieces that comes up for sale is the Antifa handbook, which Amazon describes as “smart and gripping” and helpfully informs us that the group was born out of the Mussolini and Hitler eras during the 1920s and 1930s.

The description goes on to say that recently the Antifa movement “suddenly burst into the headlines amidst opposition to the Trump administration and the alt-right.” It cites the group’s violent rioting on Inauguration Day, in which more than 200 people were arrested and six police officers were injured in Washington, D.C., as well as in cities around the country.

Amazon’s Antifa selection also features a variety of men’s T-shirts sporting the group’s logo.

Some shirts simply state the group’s name across an all-black background. Other pieces of apparel are more provocative, though. The front of one shirt encourages people to “punch more Nazis.” Another shows the iconic image of Uncle Sam pointing. Below the picture of Uncle Sam are the words “I want you to punch Nazis.”

The “punch more Nazis” shirt likely refers to an incident in which white nationalist leader Richard Spencer was punched in the face on the streets of Washington, D.C. – a moment captured on video that later went viral.

Still more shirts for sale on Amazon show a clinched fist above the name “Antifa.” Others take aim at America’s capitalist system, reading “You don’t hate Mondays. You hate Capitalism.”

How can The Washington Post, once one of the most respected media outlets in America, now be party to marketing the gear of a violent fascist hate group? Because current ownership doesn’t see it that way. Rather than violent fascists, current ownership sees Antifa as peaceful protesters speaking out against hate.

This partially explains why President Donald Trump took so much media heat for his remarks following the rioting in Charlottesville that condemned “both sides” for the violent clashes between white supremacists and the fascists of Antifa. The left – and its handmaidens in the media – refuse to acknowledge that Trump was right and the Antifa fascists were just as responsible for the conflict in Charlottesville as the Klansmen and white supremacists they fought.

But as white nationalist groups’ website domains were deregistered by GoDaddy and Google in the wake of Charlottesville, prompting a debate over free speech and access to platforms for even the most egregious speakers, one of America’s former leading newspapers was promoting the Antifa message on its pages and selling its apparel and other offerings on its sister company’s website.

The same could be said here in the case of Amazon selling Antifa gear. There’s just one problem with that defense.

Go to Amazon and type in “KKK” and you’ll see shirts that read, “No Trump, No KKK, No fascist U.S.A,” a chant often shouted by leftist protest groups. Or, be more specific and search for “KKK T-shirts” and you’ll find shirts with swastikas, but with lines drawn over them.

So hateful messages are to be shunned … but only when the owner of the Post can’t make a few bucks peddling shirts and other products on behalf of half of the haters.

Accuracy in Media reached out to Amazon for a comment, but did not hear back.

 





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