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There’s something particularly off-putting about a media outlet using its resources to aggressively demonize fellow journalists and defend lethal violence carried out by anarchists and common criminals. Yet that is exactly what The Intercept did today. In a 24-minute video entitled “Meet the Riot Squad: Right-Wing Reporters Whose Viral Videos Are Used to Smear BLM,” The Intercept attempted to target and delegitimize eight conservative journalists for their continued documentation of left-wing violence throughout the nation. In the opening of a preview of the video released on Twitter, the Intercept singled out journalist Julio Rosas, who filmed black-bloc rioters smashing out the windows of the Democratic Party offices in Portland, Oregon, on Inauguration Day. The Intercept stated that Rosas “specializes in shooting viral video of mayhem at left-wing protests,” and attempted to undermine the credibility of his reporting for no other reason than that his content appeared in conservative news outlets. To this, one might reasonably respond: Why is there so much violence at left-wing protests that one can make a literal career out of filming it?

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