Culture Wars/Current Controversies

Introducing “Activism, Uncensored”: A Collaboration With News2Share

By Matt Taibbi and Ford Fischer

BLM 757 and “Boogaloo Boys” Team Up for Virginia Beach Rally

Ford Fischer of News2Share is an independent videographer, previously profiled in “Meet the Censored.” If you follow news at all, you’ve probably seen his work, which regularly appears in mainstream outlets. He specializes in shooting scenes of public activism, depicting everything from a woman in Oklahoma City dragged out of a Trump rally for wearing an “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirt to footage of Richard Spencer in the Emmy-award winning PBS film, “White Right: Meeting the Enemy.”

People in Ford’s line of work often travel long distances, chew up advance time arranging interviews, spend days in the cold or the sun or the rain walking alongside marchers or running around cities chasing rumors of street unrest, or listening to people of all political persuasions opine at length into mics — only to go home at night and watch rival news outlets use footage similar to their own to report something different from what they just saw and heard.

The press as a business depends on simple storylines, but they’re not always there. Not all antiwar activists are alike, not all militias are alike, and not everyone who claims to represent a larger movement really does (overseas reporters get this one wrong all the time, at times seemingly by design). Sometimes what looks like a confrontation between groups is actually a collaboration. Turnout can be made to look bigger or smaller than the reality, and 99% of an activist’s comments might be discarded in favor of the one or two lines that fit the easier narrative.


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