VICE News, no stranger to controversy and hating America, has put its foot in its mouth yet again, this time regarding the alleged Nazism of US Marines.
While most of the US is mourning its lost soldiers, dying to defend the evacuation of President Biden’s abortive pull-out, Vice found the great timing to post about “why are so many Marines Neo-Nazis?” Not surprisingly, this has resulted in outrage and widespread condemnation, prompting Vice to take down the tweet, but not the story itself.
The backlash on Twitter was quick and intense:
So, @VICE decided that today, the day that 11 Marines and 1 of their Navy Corpsmen were killed in Afghanistan, was the perfect day to attack the character of US Marines. They deleted the tweet but the article is still up on their website. pic.twitter.com/CJvxQcAKgK
— Alex 🇻🇦🇺🇸 (@tokiIIthedragon) August 26, 2021
Many also pointed out that the story itself is nonsense, relying on a tiny number of cherry-picked incidents (less than 10) to indict more than 180,000 currently serving Marines:
Thank you for adding this @SirajAHashmi. The article provides that “Over the past three years, at least seven former Marines have openly avowed or been identified with neo-Nazism or the extreme right.” 7 out of 186,000 active marines = 0.00376% of Marines.
— Shmooth Operator (@ShmoothO) August 26, 2021
Others were quick to suggest that Vice’s definition of Nazi, and its apparent fixation with such a minuscule minority in America, might be because the left needs its opponents to not just be political rivals but enemies as a way to de-legitimize dissent: (** Language warning)
Eventually the definition of “far-right extremists” will just become “white person who doesn’t vote Democrat” 🤣
— Alex Rasguida (@AlexRasguida) August 26, 2021
Others reminded Vice that the internet, especially Twitter, has a very long memory:
Oh, no, you don’t get to quietly delete this garbage.
You are going to OWN this every single day. https://t.co/iXpxe9rMkr
— Joe Dolio 🇺🇲 (@DolioJ) August 26, 2021
Even Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) joined in the fray:
This is the jackass that published this disgusting (and stupid and poorly researched) article on the day that 10 Marines, 2 soldiers, and 1 Navy Corpsman were killed. 👇 https://t.co/ykOrZz5f45
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) August 27, 2021
As sad as this is, it should come as no real surprise for anyone familiar with Vice News or the article’s author, Ben Makuch. A glance at his articles over on Vice’s website shows a history of “outing veterans” and searching for Neo-Nazis under every bed. Makuch has kept his version of the tweet live while complaining about the criticism and alleged death threats.
Interestingly, I know I've written a piece that is getting clicks when my Instagram blows up with death threats and "soy boy" insults. Being a reporter is glamorous!
— Ben Makuch (@BMakuch) August 26, 2021
This is the same Vice that breathlessly reported on journalists allegedly experiencing PTSD over the January 6th capitol riot. The same Vice that struggles against constant sexual harassment issues. In light of such embarrassing issues, it perhaps becomes a little more clear as to why Vice feels the need to attack American servicemen as Neo-Nazis – to deflect from their own manifold failings.
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