Analyst and researcher Eoin Lenihan found himself banned from Twitter following the publication of an article exposing certain ties that mainstream journalists have with Antifa. The article angered Antifa, and in result they mass-reported his account to get him suspended from the social media platform.
It started with an article published on Quillette on May 29th, 2019. In the article Lenihan explains the ties between journalists and the violent anti-fascist group known as Antifa.
“Antifa often receives media coverage that is neutral or even favorable, with its members’ violence either being ignored by reporters or vaguely explained away as a product of right-wing provocation. What’s more, anecdotal evidence has suggested that many of the mainstream reporters who are most active in covering Antifa also tend to enthusiastically amplify Antifa’s claims on social media.”
The article goes on to detail how they put together research to cross-reference the overlap between journalists and Antifa, as well as neutral-to-favorable coverage from said journalists toward Antifa.
The gist of the article can be summed up in two paragraphs, which state…
“We created a data set of 58,254 Antifa or Antifa-associated Twitter accounts based on the follows of 16 verified Antifa seed accounts. Using a software tool that analyzed the number and nature of connections associated with each individual account, we winnowed the 58,254 Antifa or Antifa-associated Twitter accounts down to 962 accounts. This represents a core group of Twitter users who are connected in overlapping ways to the most influential and widely followed Antifa figures. Of these 962 accounts, 22 were found to be verified—of which 15 were journalists who work regularly with national-level news outlets. […]
“[…] That correlation turned out to be quite pronounced: Of all 15 verified national-level journalists in our subset, we couldn’t find a single article, by any of them, that was markedly critical of Antifa in any way. In all cases, their work in this area consisted primarily of downplaying Antifa violence while advancing Antifa talking points, and in some cases quoting Antifa extremists as if they were impartial experts.”
Lenihan stressed that just because journalists followed someone didn’t mean that they agreed with their viewpoint, or that it was a correlation of guilt by association. As explained in the second paragraph, the more pronounced conclusion was that the national-news level journalists who did follow Antifa were likely to give them neutral or favorable coverage, or in some cases completely downplay Antifa’s documented violence, as captured by YouTuber Mariam Najera.
Antifa has also been flagged as domestic terrorists, as reported by The Independent, and there were even some Antifa arrests in Germany for their public destruction and terrorist-inspired violence. Many Leftists and journalists continue to praise Antifa, even going so far as to celebrate their destructive behavior with things like game jams, or publicly endorse their behavior on social media. Many people found this to be hypocritical given that promoting domestic terrorism is a dangerous road down public anarchy, especially when major platforms like Facebook have been quick to shutdown Conservatives for “dangerous” ideas but continue to leave Antifa groups up and operating on the platform.
That’s not to mention that Antifa has no qualms about making up lies in order to deplatform and shut down groups and people they don’t like, which recently happened with some black metal bands.
Nevertheless, shortly after the Quillette article went up the Antifa-section of Twitter latched onto the news and proceeded to mass report Lenihan after they caught wind of an old parody account he operated called ProgDadTV. Since they couldn’t attack Lenihan’s argument, they decided to attack Lenihan directly.
According to Human Events, Antifa did some deep-diving into the researcher’s Twitter history to discover his old parody account, attempting to smear him as a fascist and a racist.
German pedagogy professor Eoin Lenihan and self-described “online extremism researcher” today attacked antifascists and journalists. He also outed himself as well known far-Right troll ProgDad, (banned from Twitter in 2018). Seems he really got “into his research.” pic.twitter.com/fCaYU1r0gJ
— It’s Going Down (@IGD_News) May 15, 2019
His new shtick worked + Eoin appeared on German TV in October 2018 to argue in defense of the Alt-Right and Richard Spencer, that radicalization online was all the result of “the Left” being mean to people, mainly by calling them “Nazis” simply because they disagreed with them. pic.twitter.com/d9dGHhXLzt
— It’s Going Down (@IGD_News) May 16, 2019
Following the Antifa outing, Lenihan locked down his parody account for “Progressive Dad TV” on Instagram. Some of his trolling antics are still visible on the #ProgDadTV hashtag, in case you were wondering what kind of antics got Antifa so triggered.
Nevertheless, the Antifa groups were quick to latch onto the dogpile and proceeded to spread the word in an attempt to get Lenihan’s official account banned from Twitter.
You’ll find various threads about the article or Lenihan where supporters of Antifa have openly acknowledged reporting his account to get him suspended.
— Erin Gallagher (@3r1nG) May 29, 2019
Despite being a researcher and analyst, Twitter acquiesced to the reports and had Lenihan’s account suspended.
If you attempt to visit the account, you’ll be greeted with a notice saying that it’s suspended.
As noted by Human Events, this permanent suspension comes shortly after Twitter also permanently suspended Nick Monroe for what they called a “ban evasion” of an account that was banned back in 2014. As per Twitter’s rules, once you get permanently banned from the service you’re not allowed back on in any capacity.
The real telling part about this whole scenario isn’t that Lenihan was suspended for what some might consider to be a “ban evasion”, but rather that when Antifa and the journalist overlapping affiliations was broadcast to the public, Antifa immediately moved to have Lenihan censored. The so-called “Anti-Fascists” seem quick to use tactics to silence dissent and stifle the speech of their opponents… just like actual fascists. It really makes you think.
(Thanks for the news tip johntrine and Quickshooter)