Andy Ngo - never knowingly honest
The far right had descended on Portland, OR last weekend, and Chad Loder documented the routine dispensing of gratuitous violence. “Proud Boys rampaging through a parking lot, destroying parked vehicles and stealing items … destroying a truck and beating up the driver … The bloodied driver, covered in bear mace, escapes the truck and stumbles as he is shoved from behind by a baseball bat-wielding Proud Boy with a ‘Press’ sticker”.
And then came Andy Ngo. “Far-right propagandist Andy Ngo claimed several times yesterday that this van ‘crashed into a rally’ before the Proud Boys destroyed the van and flipped it over. This video shows that Andy is lying. Proud Boys surrounded the van and car-jacked the driver”. That’s who Andy Ngo pals around with.
Moreover, it has been known for some time that Ngo pals around with the far right. Back in 2019, “Andy Ngo was a key participant in a filmed Nazi attack on a Portland bar on 5/1/19 in which an antifascist had their neck broken”. He doxxed people and got them on an Atomwaffen hit list. Later that year, the loathsome Toby Young sympathetically told of “A gay Asian man [Andy Ngo] beaten up by Antifa thugs in Portland”.
But perhaps this was an isolated incident? Sadly not: in June last year, Andrew Neil, who was at the time still working occasionally for the BBC, Retweeted the Spectator USA’s dubious content: “‘We are witnessing glimmers of the full insurrection the far-left has been working toward for decades. The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis was merely a pre-text for radicals to push their ambitious insurgency,’ writes [Andy Ngo]”.
This, too, was not an isolated incident: self-promoting TalkRADIO host Julia Hartley Dooda also gave Ngo a platform, telling that she “invited him on my show to discuss his book about [covering violent protests]”. For some reason, she managed not to interrogate her interviewee, and missed Ngo’s more than peripheral role in many of those protests. The haughty deflection when she was called out was something to see.
Could the platforming of a neo-Nazi agent provocateur get any worse? As if you need to ask: along came the deeply unpleasant Dan Wootton of Gammon Broadcasting News (“Bacon’s News Channel”) to give Ngo a free hit at the airwaves. Worse, Ngo was praised by Wootton’s fellow host Neil Oliver, and the Tweet doing the praising was Retweeted by Colin Brazier. All giving credibility to an enabler of lawless neo-Nazi thugs.
So maybe, after Ngo was once again caught lying last weekend, some of these less than totally august individuals might reconsider making him their poster boy. After all, his last foray into covering events in the UK, a flagrantly dishonest piece for the Murdoch Wall Street Journal claiming that London’s Whitechapel district was subject to Sharia Law, was laughed out of court. Maybe the penny will drop. Or maybe it won’t.
Andy Ngo demonstrates the difference between news and propaganda. Those giving him a platform demonstrate which of those two they are promoting. I’ll just leave that one there.
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