On June 29, 2019, a journalist named Andy Ngo was assaulted while covering political demonstrations on the streets of Portland, Oregon. He was almost certainly beaten by vigilantes from Antifa, an inchoate national gang whose activities were classified as “domestic terrorist violence” by the Department of Homeland Security during the Obama administration. Ngo suffered a potentially life-threatening head injury.
The general reaction from the establishment media, when they have bothered to cover the story, has been to blame the victim. There is no evidence Ngo provoked the attacks against him other than by committing acts of journalism. But to many in the media, Ngo has the wrong politics—and his sudden notoriety rankles.