Real Journalism, an Example of High School Science Club Management, or Just Bad Judgment?

January 14, 2021

I read “A Proud Boy in Disguise Helped Lead the Insurrection at the Capitol.” The content of the write up was not what caught my attention. I noted one throwaway paragraph which I found suggestive, maybe insight inducing. Here’s the passage:

(Gavin McInnes was a co-founder of VICE. He left the company in 2008 and has had no involvement since then. He later founded the Proud Boys in 2016.)

I asked myself:

  • Does this provide some helpful background about the Vice operational base?
  • Are other individuals involved with the organization in the gravitational pull of the identified individual?
  • Has the “real” journalism generated by the Vice entity been influenced by the founder’s precepts?

I don’t know. I found the inclusion in the interest of “full disclosure” fascinating. Why now? Posturing, TikTok style handwaving, or looking good? Perhaps a whiz kid MBA will crunch big data and generate useful information?

Stephen E Arnold, January 14, 2021


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