What Got Left Out of Confederate Monument Reporting

A New Orleans city worker wearing body armor with his face covered prepares to measure and remove a monument of Jefferson Davis on May 4, 2017, in New Orleans, Loiusiana. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

On May 14, The Daily Caller, a popular conservative website, published a news story about recent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. Led by prominent white supremacists and anti-Semites, the protesters, some carrying the battle flag of the Confederacy, expressed their anger over the city’s plans to remove a large monument to Robert E. Lee.

The article noted that some 200 people had carried torches in a march to the monument, a procession it called “visually striking.” It also quoted a young black man speaking favorably about one of the protest’s organizers.

The story, it turned out, also carried some critical omissions: It didn’t disclose that its author, Jason Kessler, is supportive of white supremacist groups, and on ...

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