In response to journalist Andy Ngo being brutally beaten by violent Antifa protesters in Portland over the weekend, some in the mainstream media dismissed — or even blamed Ngo — for the attack against him.
Despite being hospitalized for a brain bleed as a direct result of Saturday's attack, Ngo's critics levied several accusations at him, including that it was his "goal" to provoke the attack.
Dan O'Sullivan, who has written for Rolling Stone and VICE, among other mainstream outlets, said in a tweet, "Andy Ngo is not a journalist, and in any event he went there hoping for exactly that outcome and for tweets like this.
And yeah, he was asking for it. ok bye— Dan O'Sullivan (@Dan O'Sullivan) 1561878886.0
Nathan Bernard, founder of Bernard Media, said Ngo "got his wish":
After relentlessly baiting and harassing antifa, far-right provocateur Andy Ngo finally got his wish of being milks… https://t.co/BLEuzaMwx8— Nathan Bernard (@Nathan Bernard) 1561847551.0
Anymann Ismail, a Slate writer, reacted:
@JillFilipovic @MrAndyNgo I’d argue what the fear mongering he’s done against Muslims plus the work he’s done to di… https://t.co/mhYAVzyxER— Aymann Ismail (@Aymann Ismail) 1561866220.0
Charlotte Clymer, who works communications for the Humans Rights Campaign, ironically claimed being attacked was Ngo's "goal from the start."
Andy Ngo intentionally provokes people on the left to drive his content. Being attacked today on video taken by an… https://t.co/iCDPJF1nW0— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈) 1561876445.0
Others, like Media Matters editor Parker Molloy, also piled on. Fortunately, she later deleted her tweet and apologized.
I deleted the first tweet in the thread for making light of this. My sincere apologies to @MrAndyNgo. Tweet has bee… https://t.co/JIv1RC9wGk— Parker Molloy (@Parker Molloy) 1561850778.0
Meanwhile, Richard Grenell, U.S. ambassador to Germany, has requested the Department of Justice investigate the incident. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also demanded federal investigators look into Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, whose "hands-off" policies have seemingly incubated Antifa violence in his city.
(H/T: Washington Examiner)