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Apr 21, 2018 9 tweets 2 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
So covering the Neo-Nazi march in #Newnan I felt conflicted as my press pass got me face to face w/Nazis while protesters were kept at least 50 yards away. I eventually had to shut my camera off because I couldn't amply their hate without challenging it
It's not the protestors who bring attention to the Nazis. It's the press. Media outlets gave microphones and cameras to some of the most hateful people in our nation -- completely unchallenged. Antifa didn't do that. The Media did.
We, the media, were the tools of Nazis. The only people who could get in were those of us who had credentials. The Nazi with the microphone checked every one of us. They didn’t care that we were there because we pose no threat. We were their tools.
So in this ridiculous ongoing argument about deplatforming, it is never Antifi that brings attention to and amplifies the voices of Nazis. It’s us in the media. And we need to stop 🛑
Would we shove a microphone and a camera in the face of an ISIS fighter? Would we give them free airtime to recruit? These Nazis are no different. Deplatform them from our media outlets and maybe Antifi wouldn’t have to do it in the streets.
Treat Nazis like a deadly pathogen. Be aware of it. Warn your audience of it. Be prepared for worst-case scenarios. But don’t go and interview it or else you become guilty of spreading it.
And if you must interview, challenge every word and make them look like the hate-filled idiots they actually are.
And I completely understand Antifa. Completely. I felt disgusted being in the presence of actual Nazis preaching hate and not smashing them for the culture.

But I’m sure my wife appreciates me having a moment of reflection instead of violence.
Bottom line: it’s immoral to standby and watch Nazis spread their poison. The moral thing to do is shut that shit down.

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Aug 8, 2018
Couple things that stand out about the people defending Alex Jones:

1. They're asking for Jones to receive special treatment that none of us receive. If we did what he did, we would've long since been banned

2. I dont recall them making any of this noise for Colin Kaepernick...
3. They feel it is more "principled" and more "enlightened" to defend the Alex Joneses and Nazis of the world but they don't realize the way they try to defend those groups is by silencing the opposition to them -- Literally asking the gov't to silence us to defend them.
4. Free speech absolutism ALWAYS leads to silencing the opposition to the worst speech. None of us have asked the gov't to silence Jones. We've used our collective voices to demand companies to stop profiting off him. Fundamentally a boycott and silicon valley finally acquiesced
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Never apologize to the right.
Never apologize to conservatives because their goal is to be able to call me a n*gger without me being able to call them a racist.
Never capitulate to conservatives because their goal is to be free to mock and endanger the lives of transgender Americans for clicks and patrons but not be called bigoted or held accountable.
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