American TV Covers the White Nationalists and the Leftist Antifa: Were Their Special Reports Fair?
Two TV programs, covering both the white nationalists/neo-Nazis and their “Unite the Right” rally and the violent left-wing group Antifa, aired last week. The shows focused on what both groups stand for, and how both groups operate. The coverage serves as a good test as to whether the media can objectively cover these extreme groups, and not openly side with the leftist Antifa by portraying it only as "against hate."
The first program, by Vice TV, covered Charlottesville and first aired on HBO on Aug. 14. It is now available to watch on other outlets. The young Vice correspondent, Elle Reeve, pulled off what large established networks try to do, but not as effectively.
Reeve and her crew managed to score personal interviews with some of the most repellent white racists, whom you hope never to meet personally. She conducted a long interview with Matthew Heimbach, whom evidently the white nationalists view as their leader, as well as shorter ones with David Duke, Christopher Cantwell, and Robert Ray. Showing their meetings and organizing process, they took the viewer into the world the white nationalists and neo-Nazis live in.
In these interviews, it becomes quite clear that their stated goal -- to protest the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee -- was not what motivated hundreds of their members and sympathizers to come from all over the country.
Their real goal was to demonstrate their intention to create a separate all-white ethnostate -- although none of the leaders would or could explain how they intend to do so without killing or somehow expelling non-white Americans. When asked, one of their members tried to blow off the question by saying it was just a goal for the future.
On that Friday night, they marched with tiki-torches in a clear imitation of Hitler’s torch-light parades of Nazi marches in Hitler’s Germany. Chanting “Jews will not replace us” and “blood and soil,” the marchers held both Confederate and Nazi flags boldly emblazoned with large swastikas. There was no doubt about what they stood for -- they were overt racists and anti-Semites. One marcher said: “This town is run by Jewish communists and niggers.” And Heimbach told Reeve: “The radical left, the state, and the corporations are all on the same Jewish side.”
The most chilling part is the Cantwell interview. He proudly displays the weapons he brought with him, and openly says “none of our people killed anyone unjustly.”
He was implying that the death of Heather Heyer did not pose a problem for him; in fact he says it was “was more than justified.” In the future, Cantwell says with a smile on his face, “a lot more people are going to die here.” To prevent such deaths, according to him, whites need their own “ethno-state.”