America has seen a rise in destructive activity focused on icons of capitalism such as banks, historical sculptures, private property and anything related to the environment.
Along with the rise in violence has been a surge in communism, or so called anti-fascist groups. Suddenly, it’s ‘hip’ to be anti-American and destructive. Just look at the rise of people carrying big red “IWW” flags to protests that have nothing to do with worker’s rights. (IWW stands for Industrial Workers of the World.)
These surges are coincided with an increase in sympathetic and supportive media coverage, as well as non-stop social media presence.
The spread of violent communist groups range from Antifa to environmental rights extremists (ERE’s), the latter of which has admitted to oil pipeline sabotage to stop the progress of energy infrastructure. One such group that harbored pipeline sabotage groups is the Catholic Workers of Des Moines, which supported known environmental activists Ruby Montoya and Jessica Reznicek.
You could consider the Catholic Workers a pro-communist organization that has supported violent acts of sabotage. The FBI raided its Des Moines location (called the Berrigan House) in early August, 2017 in order to collect evidence against them for a pending case.
But it’s not just a rise in violent, pro-communism protests that are happening; there’s a similar rise in journalists covering this movement. What troubles many the most are those outlets providing positive publicity of pro-communism events without disclosing their affiliations and connections to these groups.
One such example is The Intercept, a news gathering organization that’s co-founded by Jeremy Scahill. Of note: Scahill has given very positive coverage of anti-pipeline and anti-fascist movements.
Scahill has never publicly divulged that his father was a friend of Phil Berrigan, for whom the sabotage-harboring house in Des Moines was named, nor has Scahill put in his bio that he lived in a Catholic Worker Community and spoken at several Catholic Worker groups. Scahill has admitted that Phil Berrigan had a tremendous impact on his life.
Wouldn’t it be responsible for journalists like Scahill to provide a full disclosure about conflicts of interest when covering a story? If you think about it, The Intercept harbors and protects anarchists.
In the above screenshot, we see Scahill getting talking notes handed to him at a major speech where Scahill talks about his life journey. During that talk, we hear Scahill talk about how he wouldn’t be a journalist if it weren’t for the Catholic Workers:
We’ll bet you haven’t heard any of this mentioned on The Intercept. Why is that? You’ll hear a lot of extreme activists talk about being ‘woke’ to what is really happening in the world. Maybe it’s time we, as consumers of the media become ‘woke’ ourselves, and look at coverage of these violent events with a keen eye, taking into account the background of the organizations covering them.