NBC reporter spurs outrage as he falsely labels the VA gun rally neo-Nazi


An NBC reporter went on to social media on Sunday and characterized the pro-gun rally slated for Monday in Richmond, Virginia, as a “white nationalist rally.”

“Reporters covering tomorrow’s white nationalist rally in Virginia, I’m absolutely begging you: Verify information before you send it out tomorrow, even if it’s a very sensational rumor you heard from a cop. Don’t become a hero in neo-Nazi propaganda circles with made-up stuff,” NBC reporter Ben Collins wrote on Twitter.

As he was telling reporters to verify, he was spreading a false rumor that the rally was a Nazi rally. A Free Beacon reporter called him out for it.

“Tomorrow isn’t a ‘white nationalist rally’ but you’re here to tell those of us who will actually be covering it to be careful about accuracy? Are you joking?” Stephen Gutowski, a firearms policy reporter at the Washington Free Beacon, replied.

Gutowski followed-up, adding,” Tomorrow’s event is in no way a ‘white nationalist rally.’ it is not organized by racists and they won’t be in any way a significant portion of the attendees yet this writer is elevating them while smearing the regular people who will actually be there.”

As an aside, neo-Nazis are socialists, not Republicans.

Most other commenters pummeled him.


After backlash, Collins deleted the tweet and casually doubled down.

“Hi everybody! I’m deleting a tweet so I can be super clear about tomorrow’s rally in Virginia.”

“The Lobby Day protest is and has traditionally been a gun rights rally, but white nationalists, including militant group The Base, have been planning violent action at the event.

Mo Mo got it exactly right!

Ben thinks 7 people prove his point:


As most of us know, but not this NBC rumor-monger apparently, 7 people do not a nationalist rally make when they are expecting ten thousand.

The responses were funny, but what isn’t funny is the fact that the media will attempt to associate lawful Second Amendment advocates with neo-Nazis.

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