Portland ICE Building Set on Fire by Antifa, Where is the Media Coverage?

Mish

A Portland, Oregon ICE facility was set on fire on Saturday amid chant of burn it down.

Chant of the Day

 'Every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground!'

Silence 

  • Washington Post: No Coverage
  • New York Times: No Coverage
  • CNN: No Coverage

By no coverage I did a search for "Portland ICE building set on fire" and the only coverage was from the Right.

The fire was extinguished but imagine the global media coverage had Trump supporters done anything similar. 

Epic Hypocrisy

The right is very correct to ask where the mainstream media and establishment Democrats are in terms were in denouncing these episodes of violent civil disorder. 

Not only was the media silent, where was Biden?

Politicians on the left are either silent or call them “peaceful.” 

This incident is peanuts compared to Capital riots. But the continual hypocrisy is epic.  

Mish

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Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Still think the insurrection at the federal capitol is more important 3 months later. Why is there an ICE building in Portland Oregon anyway ? It isnt like there are hoards of illegal immigrants there or anywhere in the pacific northwest for that matter. The closest border is wait for it.....Canada !

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dbannist
dbannist

You are clearly not informed.

The PNW has huge numbers of migrants there due to work in potato\wheat fields that are abundant in the PNW.

Illegal immigration is a massive problem there.

Zardoz
Zardoz

I am in the PNW. I haven't seen a Mexican in 6 months.

dbannist
dbannist

What city?

I grew up in Idaho.

Half the population of every city around me is Mexican.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

There are not too many places in the US that don't not have significant numbers of illegal aliens.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

Most of the incoming illegals are not Mexicans anymore, btw.

Zardoz
Zardoz

Which cities? I get out there fairly often and see nothing but white people.

Doug78
Doug78

They concentrate in the poor areas where someone like you would not live in or visit.

Zardoz
Zardoz

Which towns in Idaho was the question. Even the place I do visit in Idaho are on the knife edge of dilapidation. So many junk farms...

dbannist
dbannist

They aren't in the cities. They are in rural America, which is most of America.

if you live in a large city, well, you won't see them.

dbannist
dbannist

I'm from Idaho Falls (in NC now but I visit Idaho often).

I grew up working on farms. I still know those people. My brother in law was an illegal from Mexico. All his brothers also lived with him and were illegal.

They lived in trailer parks (often 20 to a home, a double wide, can you imagine) and were very grateful to be here.

You will not see them in downtown Portland or Seattle rioting. They are too busy working. Every hispanic from Mexico or Central America that I have had the pleasure of knowing is among the hardest working, most industrious people I have ever known.

They are here in very large numbers, but they are invisible to most.

Even here in NC you rarely see them, yet there are thousands in my 100k population county. THey are invisible because most farmers house them in trailer parks that they own, provide food, shelter and transportation for them to Walmart.

ON weekend, you will see large numbers of buses filled with migrants at Walmart. That is often the only time you see them.

It reminds me almost of plantation work, almost.

Mish
Mish

Editor

This is of course peanuts compared to Capital riots. But the hypocrisy is clear.

Jojo
Jojo

Just wait until Chauvin walks.

and just in from scenic Minneapolis:

Updated 3 mins ago - Axios Twin Cities
Protests erupt after police shoot Black driver near Minneapolis

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

From reading online you miss some critical aspects of the story:

  • Protests have been going on there peacefully for days.
  • It is obvious the building wasnt set on fire. Just some pallets outside. Wrong as that is it isnt like they stormed the building the way thr capitol was stormed.
  • Calling more attention to groups like Antifa in Portland will only give them more support and allow them to raise money much in the way proud boys and others did.
  • it's obvious Biden and most Democrats dont support this violence. Biden isnt Trump who used every event as a political tool.
  • federal officials used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd

Once again you and others on the right have turned to what about ism and false equivalency. Until Trump a US president was assumed to not support these violent groups. Because Trump supported an insurrection on the US capitol doesnt mean every other President after him is for violence just because he doesnt say anything. Biden has zero tolerance for this crap and people know it.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

One more thing. Your false equivalency is on display here. You equated Trump supporters doing this to Antifa somehow being in the media's corner. Let's be honest. Trump was a president that used groups on the right (equivalent to Antifa) to try and overthrow a government. The reason Trump got the coverage he did is because he fomented violence as a sitting president. That will and is a much bigger story than Antifa burning some wood outside an ICE building.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

One thing about the east coast media you refer to as biased. I agree. They are regionally biased. Had what's been happening in Portland for years happen on an east coast city there would have been way more coverage. The reason there was coverage during the Trump admin is because Trump sent unmarked federal vehicles who picked up people without cause like the Gestapo. So Trump caused that coverage and brought it on himself. Trump always did things this way. It turns out how you govern and treat people really does matter. Credibility is the foundation of leadership. Blame the media if you want but they are really just a small part of what was the problem during the Trump admin. Fox can cover what they want but it's like screaming fire in a theater everyday at fox.

Dutoit
Dutoit

What about the black former NFL player Phillip Adams, who killed a doctor, his wife and their two young grandchildren (all white) last wednesday, and killed himself after that ?
I have seen only a few reports about that, with nowhere the words "racist" or "hate crime".
What would have been the media coverage if the player was white and the victims black ?

Doug78
Doug78

Who reads the New York Times and the Washington Post anymore? Who watches CNN? CNN is a fraction of what it was two decades ago and the two newspapers keep giving away subscriptions for 50 cents a week and their readership is still very modest. Internationally their reputations for excellence are gone.

Sechel
Sechel

So this was organized like by Oath Keepers? And your source is Breitbart? Seems like you're jealous of Newsmax's success. Posts like this give me an eye roll

KidHorn
KidHorn

The hyperbole from the left regarding the capital riots knows no bounds. They have one thing to point at and they make it sound like the fall of Saigon when in reality it was just a few broken windows and some trespassers. Contrary to what the left believes, no protestor killed a single person. Nothing was burned down or looted. Contrary to what happened countless times at BLM protests.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

The violence in Portland has been studiously ignored by the MSM for a year or more. All the apologia in the world doesn’t make it right, and Portland has definitely jumped the shark as a livable city. All I can say is that TPTB in Portland brought it on themselves by caving in to left leaning political groups and looking the other way for years before it got to this point.

It has nothing to do with Trump, although Trump handled it poorly on his watch, like he did everything else. It has everything to do with a strong anti-capitalist narrative being promoted among young whites throughout the North West.

Lance Manly
Lance Manly

It was a couple of pallets burning, the local news covered it. Not really interesting enough to be a national story.

njbr
njbr

Why Portland?

...And yet, as many within and without the city have begun realizing, Portland is a town leavened with a history of rampant racial strife. As the whitest major American city, Portland blossomed in the lone state that constitutionally barred blacks from living there through the 19th century, that acted as one of the primary concentration centers for incarcerating American citizens of Japanese ancestry during World War II, that redlined as severely as any major metropolis elsewhere. That in 1922 saw its chief of police posing alongside hooded Ku Klux Klan members. That brought Jim Crow to the Pacific shoreline.

It’s the type of legal legacy, the type of nod-and-wink encouragement of white supremacy, that not only welcomed any number of Confederate families to relocate to the region in the aftermath of the Civil War, but that, toward the close of the 20th century, saw neo-Nazi and skinhead groups begin to extend their tendrils through the area. Before “Portlandia,” there was “Skinhead City.” In the mid-1980s, skinheads began marching through downtown, hauling bats, pipes and axes. Not long after, the city birthed Volksfront, a neo-Nazi contingent that eventually expanded internationally. In 1988, a trio of skinheads bashed Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian student, to death; the three all received prison sentences, with one tabbed as a “prisoner of war” by other white supremacy groups.

Locals began pushing back. In 2007, a group called Rose City Antifa took form, borrowing the shortened form of “antifascist” for its name. The crew pointed to similar European movements, which had, in places like Germany and Italy, arisen in response to the fascist movements that would eventually crater Europe in World War II. It also tapped into regional currents of anarchism and latent communism. These were the political strains that had sparked, among other things, the 1999 “Battle of Seattle” protests against the World Trade Organization, which resulted in millions of dollars’ worth of property damage in the city.

From its inception, Portland’s antifa contingent cloaked itself in anonymity; as a 2009 story in Portland’s Willamette Week noted, “Little is known publicly about Rose City Antifa.” And little seems to have changed in the decade since. Its unofficial uniform comprises blood-red and black bandanas and hoods, but the group doesn’t keep any official membership rolls, let alone share last names with anyone outside of its circle. “Why do we wear masks? Because [of] instances of antifa people [who] have been assassinated,” says David, a member of Rose City Antifa who, like all group members before him, declined to share his last name with POLITICO Magazine. The historical examples are not recent, but they are well-known in the group: Skinheads murdered a pair of anti-racist activists in Nevada in 1998, luring them to the desert outside Las Vegas, and local antifa have claimed that a 2010 incident in Portland—a shooting that left a self-described anti-racist skinhead in critical condition—was also politically motivated.

For much of its existence, the group largely relied on shout-downs and public displays of force as their primary tactics. Recently they’ve added the cyber weapon of doxxing—exposing personal information such as addresses, places of employment, and dates of birth and schools, even if it means innocent families mistakenly targeted by antifa begin receiving threats. Such tactics have been “effective because they raise the cost of participation,” Stanislav Vysotsky, who researches political extremism with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, told POLITICO Magazine.

But now, for antifa, it’s not enough to simply outscream their opposition; rather, those far-right forces must, in a bizarre nod to the Bush Doctrine, be preemptively denied a voice from the outset. “We are unapologetic about the reality that fighting fascism at points requires physical militancy,” Rose City Antifa’s Facebook page reads. “Anti-fascism is, by nature, a form of self-defense: the goal of fascism is to exterminate the vast majority of human beings.” The group does not specify what physical militancy means, but their page makes clear that the definition includes “any means necessary.”

frozeninthenorth
frozeninthenorth

Mish Antifa has been going at it in Portland for some months. Now from the images, I found on the web, the extent of the fire was a bunch of pallets in front of the building. Don't want to get too involved, but really that's not setting a building on fire. It's setting a bunch of pallets on fire in front of a building. Personally, I don't approve and I suspect that the violence in Portland has been endemic for some time -- hence the lack of interest. But really saying that a "dumpster fire" is the same as invading the Capitol is really a very very false equivalency.

I suspect that the NYT and the WP both saw the news and dismissed it as newsworthy if you consider the damage (none) to the ICE building. BTW why is there an ICE building in Portland, they concerned about Canadians overstaying their welcome? What the heck

As for FOX and friends, they will inflate any none issue to make their usual point

Corvinus
Corvinus

People will take these kinds of things largely dependent on their preconceived notions about what is going on. The thing at issue is that the mainstream media is overwhelmingly left wing - they tend to dismiss leftist riots as peaceful protests or make progressive ideological excuses for that behavior while at the same time using loaded terms like 'armed insurrection' when the other side does something.

Jprdh
Jprdh

Tired of the excuses for all of this. Who wants to live with this crap going on day after day. Artifacts needs to grow up, get a life and do something good with it. Tearing down the country will make things worse!


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