The Guardian contributor Jason Wilson really doesn’t like the practice of doxxing… At least when it is being done to those on the left.
Doxxing is the practice of revealing somebody’s private information online. Whether that simply be the name of an anonymous user, or more extensive details about a users location and private information, such as home addresses, phone numbers, and work information.
In July of this year, Wilson penned an article for The Guardian decrying the doxxing of reporters for left-wing publications, specifically naming Luke O’Brien of the Huffington Post. O’Brien was doxxed in response to him releasing the name, and other private information about the woman behind the prominent anti-radical Islam Twitter account known as Amy Mek.
The doxxing of O’Brien was described as a “concerted harassment campaign” at the behest of “far-right trolls” hurling death threats.
Wilson then shares a number of threats that had been sent to O’Brien.
But, while he seems to have a lot of issues with the doxxing of those on the left, in an article penned more recently, he had no issues with the same tactics being used against the right. In fact, he calls the tactic “effective,” and claims the aim of the left’s doxxing campaigns are to “defuse the danger that believers in violent ideologies present.”
He also links to a Twitter hashtag, #DoxxAllYourBoys, which links to Twitter results featuring violent threats against right-wingers, along with links containing the personal information of individuals on the right. So he’s not only reporting on the doxxing of those on the right in a positive light, he’s linking directly to doxxing campaigns.
In his reporting, he fails to include any of the real effects that doxxing causes to the individuals on the right. Instead of putting human faces, with stories outlining the harassment and threats doxxing causes like he does with O’Brien, he dehumanizes the victims simply praising the results.
The picture accompanying the headline of his article is of Gavin McInnes.
McInnes is a conservative commentator, who is the founder of the Proud Boys, a multi-racial fraternal organization founded in 2016.
Because of his past involvement with the Proud Boys, he has been a target of those on the left, resulting in him being doxxed on multiple occasions.
After being doxxed, he has been facing intense harassment, with countless death threats coming his way on a regular basis.
Big League Politics reached out to McInnes, who sent us a sample of some of the intense harassment he has received.
After having his phone number and home address posted online, he began receiving hundreds of phone calls, and text messages from left-wing activists nationwide.
“Look out your window fashy,” read one of the ominous late night messages clearly meant to intimidate.
One man who lives in McInnes’ neighborhood had this to say after being falsely told that his neighbor is a white supremacist:
“The only answer to a white supremacist with a gun is a liberal with a gun #StandYourGround”
As these threats are rolling in, hate mobs on Twitter and Facebook were publicly encouraging people to kill and physically harm McInnes.
But hey, since you asked, let me be crystal fucking clear: If someone put 8 grams of lead in Gavin McInnes or Andrew Torba, I wouldn’t shed a tear. But I would never suggest anyone with anything to lose in this world actually doing so. Actions have consequences.
— Thames Darwin 🐝 (@thamesdarwin) November 13, 2018
And left-wing radicals regularly follow through on those threats of violence, like they recently did in Philadelphia against two Marines simply suspected of being a part of the Proud Boys.
The message from The Guardian is simple: Violence and harassment is okay as long as it isn’t targeting those on the left.
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SILVER LINING? Coronavirus Economic Fallout Expected to Destroy Hundreds of Main Stream Newspapers, Magazines
The fake news media is dying even more quickly because of coronavirus.
The coronavirus pandemic is expected to cause massive economic damage throughout many sectors, and what remains of the legacy journalism industry may be wiped out as a result.
The Seattle Times serves as a microcosm for what is happening to local papers throughout America in the age of coronavirus. As they deal with a community ravaged by the pandemic, their advertising budget has completely dried up, and they may not be able to remain in business for much longer.
“Virtually all entertainment advertising is gone, restaurants gone. Automobile advertising is starting to get impacted,” said Alan Fisco, the president and CFO of the paper, to BuzzFeed News.
Even though the paper’s “online traffic has been at times off the charts,” they are unable to properly monetize that traffic. They fear that the ad revenue may be lost forever by the time the coronavirus pandemic comes to a close.
“If you go back to events in the past where you’ve seen some big impacts [to ad spending], does all of it come back? It hasn’t,” Fisco said.
Ken Doctor, who analyzes the news industry with the firm Newsonomics, believes that the economic impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic will be much worse for the media industry than the 2008 financial crisis, which resulted in a 19 percent decline in revenue for newspapers.
“[Newspaper] advertising revenue is getting just wiped out,” Doctor said to BuzzFeed News, adding that the situation is already “worse than in 2008 and 2009.”
For many media entities, Doctor believes that this will be the end. He said that “this seems like for them truly it is the full extinction event. I don’t know how they come back.”
The Seattle Times may be able to survive due to rising subscriber fees. Other big-name dailies – like the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post – are expected to weather the storm as well. However, all of the smaller local newspapers and digital providers will likely be wiped out completely.
“I think there we will unfortunately see more closures of newspapers, more news deserts as a result of this,” Fisco said.
Media companies and reporters are already reporting on the early damage that has been caused because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In response to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic that has taken a heavy toll on the residents and businesses of metro Detroit, C & G Newspapers has temporarily suspended publication of its 19 print newspapers, starting with the March 25 issues. pic.twitter.com/89wilmoQLn
— C & G Newspapers (@candgnews) March 21, 2020
— DigBoston (@DigBoston) March 16, 2020
The phrase being thrown around in an alt-media group on FB. If you don’t support your local newspapers NOW, whether you engage with print or not, you WILL lose an extremely dedicated lifeline to arts, music, culture and unbiased news in your community. pic.twitter.com/T0RMZFOLnA
— Justin the Francois (@lafrancois_j) March 19, 2020
Rough day at @RiverfrontTimes. Myself and multiple staffers "furloughed." No notice from management in previous days; simply the lovely wake-up notice that I had been booted as FB admin and couldn't log in to email. Love ya'll. Love this staff and the work we do. Sigh.
— Danny Wicentowski (@D_Towski) March 18, 2020
Scene today laid off five staff members due to the severe economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic https://t.co/QpsD2H6ZuJ
— Cleveland Scene (@ClevelandScene) March 18, 2020
A spokesperson for BuzzFeed News, who published the initial story about how the media industry is hurting because of coronavirus, said their provider is working to avoid firing staffers in these trying times.
“BuzzFeed’s leadership team is exploring a range of ways to support employees while protecting our business,” said Chief Communications Officer Carole Robinson. “Our goal is to avoid layoffs, with an alternative plan that requires some sacrifice from all of us — and especially those on the executive team — ultimately allowing us to remain a strong company over the long-term.”
The coronavirus pandemic is a worst case scenario come to life, but the economic fallout from the crisis may prove to be fatal for the fake news industry.
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