Fox & Friends on Monday aired selectively edited footage of violent street clashes in Portland to accuse anti-fascist protesters of “trying to hit people with hammers.”
The weapon used in the attack, as revealed by a longer video, was initially brought to the protest and used by a far-right demonstrator against Antifa, reports Mediaite.
The Fox News morning show, a favorite of President Trump’s, played a short clip on a loop showing an Antifa protester holding a hammer while facing off with members of the Proud Boys, a far-right group that staged Saturday’s “End Domestic Terrorism” demonstration in Portland alongside alt-right and white supremacist groups.
“ANTIFA VIOLENCE CAUGHT ON CAM DURING PROTESTS,” the Fox segment’s chyron read.
“They go out in the street and they cause chaos. [Antifa] is a terror group, nothing more. They were trying to hit people with hammers,” Fox News pundit Dan Bongino said during the segment.
A viral video shows ANTIFA fighting with Trump supporters with a hammer on the Fox News version of events. The actual full video shows the Trump supporters first attacking ANTIFA with a hammer & ANTIFA taking it from them. Funny how a few seconds can make all the difference. 🤔 pic.twitter.com/744wYGUM5w
— Mad World (@MadddWWWorld) August 19, 2019
In the video aired on Fox, the hammer is highlighted, and shown being thrown by an Antifa protestor at a Proud Boy. The full video of the hammer incident, however, shows that it was a member of the Proud Boys who brought the weapon to the rally; the hammer was then taken by Antifa protestors after a Proud Boy attempted to bludgeon them with it during a fight outside of the Proud Boys’ bus.
Fox News failed to include the beginning of the encounter showing who used the hammer first, which has been widely shared online to debunk others who selectively edited the video.
They took the hammer from the fascist who was attacking them with the hammer, Chad. pic.twitter.com/zNeXbSwcT3
— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) August 18, 2019
Fox News’s Griff Jenkins used the out-of-context snippet to cast the Proud Boys as the victims of the hammer-wielding leftist protestors: “Antifa people are not getting hurt. It’s people like you saw on that bus getting hammered and pepper-sprayed.”