NBC News has completely ignored the significant event of their own reporter and news crew being attacked in the streets of Charlottesville by Antifa marchers on Saturday.
Late on Saturday night, NBC News reporter Cal Perry and his crew were assaulted by Antifa members during the one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville drama, where radical leftists descended on the Virginia town to commit violence against a torch march held by conservatives.
NBC ignored the attack and suggested their crew was “heckled” by their assaulters.
Perry had been documenting Antifa, noting that they were getting “very aggressive with the media” and trying to block their camera shots. “Yeah. We’re getting a lot of this. Protesters trying to grab our camera,” he responded to one Twitter commenter telling him to “f**k off national media vulture”.
Video evidence on the ground from their own reporter captured the attack on the NBC crew, but instead of reporting the news, NBC cut to the White House “in anticipation of violence there at another white supremacist rally” Newsbusters reported. NBC censored the Antifa attack on Perry in their later reports.
The assault on the NBC crew came almost a year since their political director, Chuck Todd justified Antifa violence as a legitimate tool against conservatives.
Todd appeared again on Sunday Today, ignoring the attack by Antifa, which had been declared a domestic terrorism group by the State of New Jersey. Instead of condemning Antifa, he tore into President Trump, calling his supporters “racists”.
Tensions were also high on Sunday afternoon in Washington, DC for the conservative “Unite the Right II” march toward the White House. The demonstrators were met by large numbers of law enforcement officers and hundreds of counterprotesters.
The organiser of the conservative march, Jason Kessler, said it was held in Washington on the first anniversary of their rally in Charlottesville.
During the original “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, hundreds of conservatives descended on Charlottesville in part to protest the city’s decision to remove a monument to Confederate General Robert E Lee from a park.
Kessler said some 100 to 400 people were expected to participate in the Lafayette Park event. Police officers escorted the march through the counterprotesters on their way to Lafayette Park outside the White House, Fox News reported. The march was surrounded by law enforcement, while counter-protesters tried to break through the police ranks.
The attempted confrontations provoked by counterprotesters were defused by police.
Meanwhile some US politicians claimed that Russia had a role in last year’s violent clashes in the US city of Charlottesville.
The Russian embassy in the United States called the allegations as absurd as other US claims that Moscow had meddled in US elections.
US lawmaker Tom Garrett, from the Republican Party, told the CNN on Saturday, that Russia’s interference had had to do with “fomenting the flames of what happened in Charlottesville”. Garrett said he was told this at a recent briefing with the FBI chief, Christopher Wray.
The Russian dismissed the charges saying that there has been zero evidence of meddling. “The question then arises, if at least one fact proving these allegations has been presented. There is no [evidence to prove them], and there is no evidence to support other absurd allegations that Russia has meddled in the US internal affairs. We are regularly attracting the attention of the US administration and general public to it,” the embassy said in a statement on Sunday.
The embassy noted it would not be surprised once again if the US authorities found the “Russian trace” in the ongoing rallies. “Shifting responsibility on others is simpler than resolving internal problems, which show that interracial tensions in the United States are not gone over 150 years after the official prohibition of slavery,” the statement pointed out.
The conservative rally took place in Lafayette Park, while Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters occupied the surrounding streets. At one point, an eruption of smoke emerged near the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House, according to Fox. The conservative marchers were greeted with boos, screams of “shame”, “Nazis go home” and “you are not welcome here.”
Makia Green, the Washington representative of Black Lives Matter, told her supporters: “We know from experience that ignoring white nationalism doesn’t work.”
The National Park Service had also issued permits for events held by leftist groups DC United Against Hate, New York Black Lives Matter and other Antifa sympathisers.
The Antifa chapter at the University of Virginia confronted police over the heavy security presence at the rally. They unfurled a banner reading, “Last year they came w/ torches. This year they come w/ badges” and chanted, “Why are you in riot gear? We don’t see no riot here.” More than 200 gathered to heckle a line of police officers.