Reporters like to imagine themselves as the nation’s most powerful defenders of democracy, and on occasion, project themselves as enforcers of political civility. If all that were true, then they may report critically on violent extremists of any ideological stripe who find their joy in bringing anarchy and disorder. Sadly, some violent extremists are more celebrated than scorned.
On Aug. 25, Reuters investigative journalist Aram Roston profiled Nicole Armbruster, a self-proclaimed “anti-fascist” who is putting her body “on the line” against fascism and racism. They call this “rare insight” into this movement, but instead, it’s just letting a violent radical activist explain herself.
The headline under Armbruster’s picture is “American Antifa: A woman’s journey from Girl Scout to anarchist street warrior.” Is that an atypical journey? Or is it where the Girl Scouts are aiming these days?
Roston churned up the sympathetic scouting angle. “Even as she engaged as an Antifa activist, she worked for six years as a day camp coordinator