Posted on February 8, 2021

Not a Lie, But a Distortion

Chris Roberts, American Renaissance, February 8, 2021


The New York Times office in Manhattan. (Credit Image: © Braulio Jatar / SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire)

On January 31, the New York Times published a long article called “77 Days: Trump’s Campaign to Subvert the Election” that mentions Jared Taylor twice:

As it [Women for American First] crossed the country spreading the new gospel of a stolen election in Trump-red buses, the group helped build an acutely Trumpian coalition that included sitting and incoming members of Congress, rank-and-file voters and the “de-platformed” extremists and conspiracy theorists promoted on its home page — including the white nationalist Jared Taylor, prominent QAnon proponents and the Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio. . . .

This gives the impression — entirely false — that Mr. Taylor was part of a coalition that pushed the idea that the Democrats had stolen the election. The Times continued, now demoting Mr. Taylor from nationalist to supremacist:

Early on, the “Trump March” website had included promotion for banned extremists and conspiracy theorists like the white supremacist Mr. Taylor, various QAnon “decoders” and the “Western chauvinist” Proud Boys, according to a version saved by the Internet Archive. (The promotion was taken down ahead of the bus tour).

The AmRen staff was very surprised to hear that we were ever associated with Stop the Steal.

On Friday, I contacted several of the article’s seven authors to ask for the basis of this claim. Jim Rutenberg and Matthew Rosenberg sent me links to the Wayback Machine archive of the now deleted website This was on the home page:

Conservative Voices

Big tech and big media have been silencing conservative online voices. Please follow the growing list, compiled by the Winston84 Project, of those who have been de-platformed, demonetized, shadowbanned, or otherwise suppressed. Support their right to be heard!

Click here for in-depth reporting and analysis of online censorship published by the Center for American Greatness. [links and emphasis in the original]

The page included Winston84 Project’s full list (which is still online here), compiled by the Center for American Greatness. The list includes 305 people and organizations, including the Heritage Foundation, the Joe Rogan Experience, the Federalist, Town Hall, Washington Times, Washington Free Beacon. and Turning Point USA. Few people would say these were “banned extremists and conspiracy theorists.” There were groups that strongly disagree with each other, such as Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy and Max Blumenthal’s The Grayzone Project.

From this list, the Times mentioned only “Mr. Taylor, various QAnon ‘decoders’ and the ‘Western chauvinist’ Proud Boys.”

I emailed Mr. Rutenberg:

Can you speak to why, out of a list of 305 people and organizations — including ones as mainstream as the Heritage Foundation and Ben Shapiro — the NYT article described the promotion as being “for banned extremists and conspiracy theorists like the white supremacist Mr. Taylor, various QAnon “decoders” and the “Western chauvinist” Proud Boys”?

He replied, “We found the promotion notable.” I asked, “Do you think that those listed (Mr. Taylor, various QAnon “decoders” and the “Western chauvinist” Proud Boys) were representative of the list as a whole?” He answered, “I am comfortable with the way we mention it, but do appreciate your input. Have a good weekend.”

Most people who read the Times‘ article would think made its own list and that every entry was either on the fringe of respectable opinion, or beyond it. Trump March promoted a list from the Center for American Greatness to show its opposition to censorship, to “Support their right to be heard.” It was not endorsing anyone on the list, nor were “banned extremists and conspiracy theorists” endorsing the Trump March — though that is what the Times implied.

The New York Times didn’t lie, but it didn’t tell the full story, either.