NPR accused of 'malpractice' in smear at 'right-wing extremists'

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
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NPR logoThe soft-talking Leftists at National Public Radio ran into a problem after claiming “right-wing extremists” in their automobiles are mowing down peaceful protesters all across America.

“It is journalistic malpractice,” Scott Whitlock, of the Media Research Center, says of the June 21 story that led to an “editor’s note” about one incident.

The correction came after NPR, for its story, grabbed a still shot from video footage in Lexington, Kentucky, where the unseen driver of a gray car is shown running down a black man standing in front of her.

After the liberal news outlet took its shot at conservatives, the online sleuths on social media pointed out the facts. NPR failed to point out the driver is a black woman who had her hair pulled out by one protester before a second protester, since arrested and charged with a felony, pointed a pistol at her.

Fox overwhelmed with Trump viewers, rivals served up hate

Live coverage of President Trump's weekend rally in Tulsa rally drew a record-breaking audience on Fox News at the same time rival networks were mocking the low attendance and criticizing the speech.

Media Research Center, the media watchdog, says Trump-hating CNN and MSNBC barely dipped in and out of the Saturday evening speech. CNN aired three minutes and 25 seconds, and MSNBC hung on for only 20 second longer, in a speech that ran for an hour and forty minutes.


MRC spokesman Scott Whitlock says the “petty mocking” appeared to be an attempt to get under President Trump’s skin especially over the issue of empty seats in the 19,000-seat arena.

“From the very start,” he advises, “as soon as CNN and MSNBC went live on Saturday night, was to say that this rally was a failure because there were some empty seats, and really kind of hammer it and downplay it.”

A fire marshal told the media 6,200 tickets were scanned but the Trump campaign said actual attendance was about 12,000.

Both incidents happened before the black female driver hit the gas and struck a protester, and NPR was forced to drop that photo and admit it did not represent the claims of the story --- which are also in dispute.  

“If you look at the whole video,” Whitlock tells OneNewsNow, “the person driving that car was clearly in danger. But the media narrative was to jump to white supremacy.”

NPR, in fact, reported on “right-wing extremists” by quoting a University of Chicago terrorism researcher, Ari Weil, who is documenting the incidents and also defended the radical Black Lives Matter group in the same story.

NPR also chose the side of protesters --- and not frightened drivers --- in its story, describing the “grim pattern” of protesters “peacefully walking when, suddenly, a car or truck appears in the frame and hurtles toward the crowd.”

Nikolas Fernandez, who is charged with felony assault after shooting a Seattle protester June 7 (see video below), told prosecutors he tried to drive through a crowd of protesters who were kicking his car and yelling at him. When a man identified as Daniel Gregory grabbed the steering wheel, Fernandez said he feared for his life and shot Gregory one time.

Gregory, who was shot in the arm, did not deny grabbing the steering wheel and claimed he did so to protect protesters. Prosecutors agreed with that version of the incident and charged Fernandez.

Citing the researcher's numbers, NPR reported there have been 50 incidents since late May, which includes 23 that remain “unclear as to motive” which leaves 18 civilian incidents with "malice" as the motive.

Citing NPR’s own numbers, The Federalist reported 32 of the 50 incidents cited by Weil ended with no charges filed and considered accidental.

Only one driver cited in the NPR story is tied to a white supremacist group, The Federalist reported, likely referring to the arrest of a Klan leader in Virginia, who drove into Black Lives Matter protesters in Henrico, Virginia.

According to Whitlock, NPR used the still shot of the Lexington incident because it is pursuing the “narrative of racism and white supremacy” because there is an election coming in November.

After dropping the photo from its story, NPR did not replace it with an image from the numerous incidents it cited for the story. Instead, readers now see an image from 2017 in Charlottesville, where a Neo-Nazi drove into a crowd and took the life of a far-left protester. 


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