After Big League Politics exposed Reuters and Miami New Times journalist Zachary Fagenson for authoring an article based on factually incorrect information, independent journalist Jacob Engels received a comment from the Miami New Times stating that the publication had no plan to retract or correct its fake news.
In an article linking a celebrity chef in Miami to the Proud Boys fraternal organization, Fagenson incorrectly claimed that the FBI listed the Proud Boys as an extremist group. This claim, originally published by the Washington Post, was later corrected by the Post and The Hill in separate articles. The FBI does not consider the Proud Boys to be an extremist group, yet Fagenson and his editor, Chuck Strouse, stand by this false statement.
In emails provided to Big League Politics, Strouse, editor-in-chief for The Miami New Times, admits that the publication is using a factually inaccurate, out of date article by The Washington Post as its sole source for the claim that the FBI is interested in the Proud Boys.
Strouse first appeared to state that their article did make the claim that the FBI listed the Proud Boys as an extremist group. When Engels provided the quote from the Miami New Times article, specifically that “for a short time were labeled by the FBI as an extremist group with ties to white nationalists,” Strouse fell back to the factually inaccurate Washington Post article that bolstered the claim.
The Washington Post originally reported that the FBI listed the Proud Boys as an extremist group in November of last year, and then released a followup the next month indicating that this information was incorrect and the FBI does not consider the fraternal organization to be an extremist group.
Engels summarized the Post’s followup article, and provided Strouse with an article from The Hill, featuring quotes from high ranking FBI officials stating that the FBI does not consider the fraternal organization an extremist group.
A high-ranking member of the FBI in Oregon said that the agency does not designate the far-right Proud Boys as an extremist group, contradicting a report from a law enforcement official in Washington state last month.
Special Agent in Charge Renn Cannon said this week that there was a misinterpretation during a slide-show presentation hosted for officials at the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in Vancouver, Wash., according to the Oregonian.
FBI agents briefed law enforcement leaders in Clark County about the Proud Boys, a far-right group which labels itself as “a pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world; aka Western Chauvinists.”
In short, Fagenson is being allowed by his publication’s editor-in-chief to publish blatantly fake news that depends entirely on a now debunked claim from the Post.
Fagenson obtained a photo from Crandall’s private Instagram, in which Crandall wore a camouflage Proud Boys hat while holding his infant son.
According to Fagenson, this serves as proof of the celebrity chef’s membership in the organization, which Fagenson falsely claims was considered an “extremist group with ties to white nationalists” by the FBI, and that Crandall must exhibit “chauvinist, racist, or bigoted” attitudes and behaviors. Fagenson also claims that the Proud Boys make immigrant families an “object of scorn”.
It was briefly reported last year that the FBI was investigating the Proud Boys, and this was quickly revealed to be a false rumor circulated entirely in media circles that had no basis in reality.
Engels, who embedded himself within the Proud Boys as a journalist for several months in an attempt to discover whether the group was the racist, homophobic, xenophobic, and Islamophobic caricature it has been painted as by the media, says legal action is being considered against The Miami New Times.
Speaking to Big League Politics, Engels seemed shocked to discover that Strouse “admits to using dates and false media reports about the Proud Boys to fit the narrative of their hit piece.” He adds, “It’s pretty damn sick to see what these journalists want for anyone to the right of Karl Marx: deplatform, dehumanize, destroy.”
“Hitler called, he wants his platform for enemies of the Reich back,” said Engels. “It’s so 1933.”
Big League Politics contacted Reuters for comment about whether Fagenson’s behavior is replicated when writing under its banner, and did not receive an immediate response.
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Fake News Hacks Re-Tool ‘Russian Collusion’ Hoax to Smear Both President Trump and Bernie Sanders
The establishment desperately wants to suppress populism.
The evil Russian bogeyman is back again, following likely deep state leaks indicating that Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to support President Donald Trump as well as Democrat presidential front-runner Bernie Sanders in 2020.
The Washington Post reported today that Sanders has been briefed about how the evil Rooskies are supporting him:
U.S. officials have told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the Democratic contest, according to people familiar with the matter.
“I don’t care, frankly, who Putin wants to be president,” Sanders said in a statement to The Washington Post. “My message to Putin is clear: Stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do.”
… Also this week, a senior U.S. intelligence official said Russia had “developed a preference” for Trump in the 2020 campaign — an assessment that infuriated the president. Trump lambasted his acting intelligence director, Joseph Maguire, and DNI staff for sharing that information with lawmakers, believing that Democrats would use it to hurt Trump in the election.
Considering Trump will be the Republican nominee for president and Sanders is the front-runner to win the Democrat nomination to face him, it is hard to conceive how Putin could help both men win office. But that hasn’t stopped the fake news from pushing the hysterics yet again, as they work to foment neo-McCarthyism.
Media: Jim @Acosta to @wolfblitzer: "A source present for this briefing … said the information relayed to lawmakers made it clear #Russia has already begun interfering in the 2020 election … Asked whether the information presented was alarming,' the source said, 'Very.'" pic.twitter.com/CFmcjI9d2w
— Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) February 21, 2020
So Russia wants a race between Sanders and Trump. They probably want Tulsi Gabbard as Bernie’s running mate. And no question they will help Moscow Mitch get re-elected. What a monumental mess Trump has made of America! He will let this happen. Putin’s USA. https://t.co/WiNtTOYK4T
— John Dean (@JohnWDean) February 21, 2020
So @BernieSanders was told by U.S. government officials that Russia has been working to help him win the Democratic primary, and he said NOTHING publicly??? This is OUTRAGEOUS! How is it any different than what Trump has done?? 😠
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) February 21, 2020
This should not be a surprise to anyone, is consistent with their enduring strategy & mirrors the analysis of @FPRI #FIE2020 team “Bernie Sanders briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaign” https://t.co/eO0DocweEE
— Clint Watts (@selectedwisdom) February 21, 2020
.@BernieSanders says he was briefed by federal officials one month ago that Russia was boosting his campaign.
Why did he never tell the American people? pic.twitter.com/xqG7aDWRmk
— Christopher J. Hale (@chrisjollyhale) February 21, 2020
As I reported in 2016, Russian state media had two candidates they were rooting for: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. They were the candidates that, in the Kremlin's view, would 1) create the most chaos in the establishment, thereby weakening the U.S., 2) be friendlier to Russia.
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) February 21, 2020
And why didn’t Bernie Sanders tell us a month ago that Russia was trying to help his campaign? Did we not have a right to know this?
Or to know about his heart attack?
Or to see his medical records?
Or to see his tax returns that he hid for four years?
See a trend? https://t.co/zmLVrvKnc4
— John Aravosis🇺🇸 (@aravosis) February 21, 2020
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump refuses to play ball with the fake news media and justify their phony concerns about the Russians.
“I was told a week ago — they said, ‘you know they’re trying to start a rumor,'” Trump said at a “Keep America Great” rally in Las Vegas on Thursday night.
“It’s disinformation — that’s the only thing they’re good at, they’re not good at anything else, the get-nothing, the do-nothing Democrats — that Putin wants to make sure I get elected,” he said.
Trump also threw a little fuel in the fire to create more paranoia within the deranged Dems about the possibility of Bernie being a Russian asset.
“Doesn’t he want to see who the Democrats are gonna be? Wouldn’t he rather have, say, Bernie? ” Trump said.
The Russian hysteria didn’t work the first time they tried it, and it is not likely to work this time around as nobody believes the lies of the fake news, Democrats and deep state anymore.
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