Aiding Antifa: Seattle Times Fights Subpoena to Give Police Riot Footage Showing Gun Theft, Arson

July 24th, 2020 3:59 PM

Some media outlets haven’t just been lying about the left-wing riots in Portland and Seattle, now they are even protecting violent criminals from being investigated by law enforcement. 

Thursday, a judge ordered five Seattle-based media outlets, including the left-wing newspaper The Seattle Times, to hand over their footage from a violent George Floyd riot on May 30, after rioters stole police equipment, including two guns from police cars, along with setting cars on fire and smashing windows.

You would think journalists would want to help get violent criminals with illegal guns off the street. But for all the media’s talk about ending gun violence, journalists from The Seattle Times and New York Times showed their true colors by defiantly objecting to the subpoena

Seattle Times editor Michele M. Flores tweeted:

Another Seattle Times reporter worried this would be reporters' lives in danger (Hey, aren't they "peaceful protesters"?):

New York Times correspondent Mike Baker backed Flores up, calling the subpoena against them, “terrifying:”

It’s worth noting that the judge limited both the source---what kind of camera evidence could be obtained (no journalists’ phone footage, for instance) and the scope of it; police could only use what was found to investigate crimes of arson and theft of police property (not vandalism, for instance). Still, the journalists pretended as if they had special privileges that the rest of society does not, by claiming this was a First Amendment issue.

The Daily Caller’s Geoffrey Ingersoll pointed out how their camera crew had no problem handing over video footage of a brutal assault against a black man they witnessed during the infamous Charlottesville violence in 2017. Ingersoll described how that by giving their video to the FBI, four neo-Nazis who beat up the man were arrested and sentenced to prison.

He noted the glaring double-standard that would’ve been media fodder for undoubtedly days, had they done the same thing then that the left-wing paper is doing now: