Fox News edited a Sunday article to reduce the presence white nationalists in one protest against the vaccine Over the weekend, the removal of references to racist activists after the first article describing their role in organizing the event drew a backlash from right-wing critics.
On Saturday afternoon, followers of white nationalist leader Nick Fuentes rallied in New York City near Mansion Grace to protest the vaccine mandate. That night, Fox News writer Adam Sabes wrote an article in which the Fuentes group confronted leftist and anti-fascist activists.
Article original title read “Antifa members clash with White Nationalists over mandate for COVID vaccines outside Grace’s New York home.” The first version of the article describes what Fuentes fans call themselves “Grapers”, and the Anti-Defamation League’s description of them as “as a white supremacist group”.
The story quickly sparked online criticism from Fuentes and other right-wing activists, including journalist Michel Malkin. In the Telegram social media program Fuentes announced that Fox was “pure” for a quote from the ADL.
“Fox News uses ADL to talk points about me and AF,” Fuentes wrote. “Strike.”
Within hours of its first publication, Fox edited the article and its title to remove any mention of Fuentes’ name. The title refers to “white nationalists” was removed, and was replaced by those who described Fuentes ’followers as“ anti-vaccine protesters ”instead.
Fox also removed references to the League’s criticism of Fuentes. In the first article, a quote from the ADL and the phrase “Anti-Slander League” describes the “Groiper Army” as a group of white extremists. ”The new version of the article did not have both lines.
Fox and Sabs did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Fuentes has the history of the expression of anti-Semitic comments, and marched in the white supremacist 2017 “Unite the Truth” protest in Charlottesville. When Fox’s original article quoted Fuentes twice and described him as the organizer of the rally, there was no reference to Fuentes and the “grapers” until Sunday afternoon. In an updated version of the article, his group is described either as anti-vaccine activists or “America’s First Protesters.”
The article was also edited to add critical references to anti-fascist protesters. In the first version of the article, they were described as “anti-government protesters.” But in the updated version, the language was sharpened and described them as “anti-radicals.”
Fuentes joined other white nationalists in the rally, including Antime Jonet, the January 6 rioter. the defendant known as “Cooked Alaska”. Like Fuentes, Jonathan spoke at a white rally in Charlottesville.
On Saturday, the Fuentes group called off another anti-government protest outside the Pfizer headquarters. motivates from the organizers of the event, who said they did not want their event to be linked to “extremist ideologies”.
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