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Fox News Airs Edited Clip To Blame Antifa For Hammer Fight With Far-Right Group


Fox News Airs Edited Clip To Blame Antifa For Hammer Fight With Far-Right Group

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.


“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.

Mediaite reports:

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.

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.”


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