Fox News Busted Using Footage from a Year Ago to Claim 'Antifa' Violence in DC

Fox News put out a news report about violent clashes between police and left-wing protestors at the "Unite the Right 2 Rally". There was just one problem.

Photo Credit: Twitter Screenshot, Mark Follman

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.

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.

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.

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Matthew Chapman is a video game designer, science fiction author, and political reporter from Austin, TX. Follow him on Twitter @fawfulfan.