Fox News Busted Using Footage from a Year Ago to Claim 'Antifa' Violence in DC
On Monday, Fox News posted a story titled "Antifa's violent confrontations with police, journalists mar otherwise peaceful rally counterprotestors," enumerating violent clashes on at the "Unite the Right 2 Rally."
But the story was not very well fact-checked, because they made a humiliating mistake. One of the videos, purporting to show Antifa protestors beating up a passerby, turned out to in fact be footage from a protest in Berkeley last year.
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Fox News eventually deleted this video from the article and posted a correction, but not before it caught the notice of Mother Jones National Affairs Editor Mark Follman.
Fox News says "it's unclear" where the video showing the Antifa beating took place—allegedly somewhere in DC yester… https://t.co/2kz2FE4r6M— Mark Follman (@Mark Follman)1534188172.0
The rally in D.C., a "White Civil Rights" demonstration organized by the same far-right white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville last year, and which was held just across the street from the White House, was punctuated by a few scattered reports of clashes between protestors and journalists. Nonetheless, as even Fox News admits, the overwhelming majority of protestors were peaceful.
The end result of the rally was that protestors and police far outnumbered the white nationalists who had actually come to march.