Vice News was taken to the woodshed after sharing a story suggesting the US Marine Corps is infested with “neo-Nazis,” hours after bombings in Afghanistan took the lives of at least 13 American soldiers, most of them Marines.
In a now-deleted tweet posted soon after explosions at the Kabul airport and a hotel nearby left around a dozen US service members and scores of civilians dead on Thursday, Vice pondered why “far-right extremists” and “neo-Nazis” were “popping up” among Marines.
While the story linked in the post was published prior to the attacks, countless critics online questioned why the outlet decided to push the piece again in light of the carnage in Kabul, among them GOP Congressman Dan Crenshaw (Texas).
“Does Vice speculate how many of those ‘neo-Nazi’ Marines were killed today...?” one user asked.
Meanwhile at VICE this is the crap they are posting. This is how liberals think.— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) August 26, 2021
We lost 11 Marines today you f***** a**holes. https://t.co/ItUqiOrt8N
Scum of the earth - you.— Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 26, 2021
Do these idiots grasp the concept of timing? Even if this story is true, which I doubt it is... Do you really think today was the day to blast it? https://t.co/mVMCo11cJJ— Matt Adkins (@BearcatMta) August 26, 2021
Some observed that Vice had scrubbed the post-bombing tweet more than an hour after it went live, accusing the outlet of trying to “erase” the article, however an earlier tweet containing the same story, posted before the attacks, was still up at the time of writing.
@VICE trying to backpedal by deleting the tweet...nope...At least 12 U.S. Marines sacrificed their lives today while protecting others and it seems like a good time for this tweet? Well done @VICE, you get The-Most-Despicable-Asshole on Twitter award today and for a while to come pic.twitter.com/s9cHbGKtaP— ORhunter (@ORhunter) August 26, 2021
Hey vice, remember this headline you tried to erase, as 12 Marines just died protecting Civilians— Potus 45 (@TheBestPOTUS45) August 26, 2021
"While many vets are being outed as far-right extremists, one branch keeps popping up when it comes to neo-Nazis: the United States Marine Corps"
Great timing Scumbags
The author of the Vice story, Ben Makuch, was also slammed by detractors, one suggesting he “read the room” while arguing that his outlet “deleted the tweet for a reason.” Earlier on Thursday, Makuch said he had received death threats over one of his articles, but didn’t specify which.
I don't condone death threats. Out of 180,000± active Marines. On a day where we've lost marines in Kabul, you chose to write an article about a whopping 7 who are racist shit bags. Read the room, "journalist." VICE deleted the tweet for a reason. https://t.co/FZ7frpANbd— Sean Campbell (@scampbellfilms) August 26, 2021
The piece chronicles a series of former Marines implicated in domestic terror plots and organizations on the “extreme right.” Though Makuch states that only seven ex-Marines had “openly avowed or been identified with” far right movements, acknowledging they account for “only a tiny fraction” of the some 186,000 active-duty troops in the branch, the author argues the problem is nonetheless “worth noting.”
186,000 active Marines vs. "Over the past four years, at least SEVEN former Marines have openly avowed or been identified with neo-Nazism or the extreme right." 7 out of 186,000 is 0.00376% of Marines. Great job Vice.— You high (@highasJR) August 26, 2021
The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the two blasts at the Hamid Karzai International Airport and the nearby Baron Hotel on Thursday. At least 13 American soldiers, among them Marines and one Navy medic, were killed, and another 18 were injured, according to the Pentagon. Afghan officials, meanwhile, have put the total death toll at 90, including local civilians, and more than 150 wounded, though warned the casualty count could yet climb.
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