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“”Ngo is yet another Free Speech Guy bizarrely fixated on proving that Islam is inherently bad and violent under the guise of searching for the "truth" while successfully gaining fame for doing so. In fact, he mentions the crusade on his Patreon page, which rakes in $521 a month.
Andy Cuong Ngo (c. 1986–) is an American conservative, conservative activist, and former "subeditor" of the alt-right-pandering online magazine Quillette with a fake British Accent. Currently he is editor at large of The Post Millennial, a conservative news website operating out of Canada. Although he is gay, he is predictably an anti-feminist and an Islamophobe, thus a useful recipient of wingnut welfare.
He first attracted widespread criticism after publishing an opinion column titled "A Visit to Islamic England" in the Wall Street Journal. He has been described as "one of the leading amplifiers of Islamophobia in US." Lately he has refocused his brand on targeting leftist activists, promoting the "antifa are the real fascists" narrative.
Ngo shows how standard right-wing commentators can eventually become fascists through spreading hateful propaganda and lies to their own audience. He lost his job at Quillette (and had all his content there deleted) for no explicitly stated reason at a time that just happened to coincide perfectly with a leaked video of him standing nearby as Patriot Prayer members conspired to commit assault. We're sure it's unrelated.
Early Reddit history
Here is a sad and fascinating look at how an insecure guy with no friends or job, bullied for his weight, race, and sexuality, might cure his pain and alienation by finding a home as a propagandist for violent fascists who hate most of what he is.
On his Patreon page, Ngo describes himself as "an independent journalist and photographer dedicated to covering topics related to the far-left and hate crime hoaxes." As the following sections will show, Ngo allows his agenda (made clear in his Patreon page) to define his journalistic product.
Ngo was editor of Quillette until being dismissed in August 2019. Afterwards, Ngo became editor-in-chief of Canadian website The Post Millennial, which Media Bias Fact Check rates as "Right Biased based on story selection that favors the right and Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High, due to publishing unsubstantiated claims and having one failed fact check."
AllSides initially rated Ngo's work as "Center bias[ed]" in July 2019 but changed it to "Lean Right" in November 2019 explaining: "When reporting, Ngo reaches out to sources on both the left and right in order to secure quotes and perspectives from people on both sides of the political spectrum. Ngo often chooses to report on topics that those on the center-right would view as the excesses of the progressive movement, such as hate crime hoaxes and violence by far-Left political groups."
Spreading anti-Islam propaganda
As a graduate student at Portland State University, Ngo was dismissed from his position as multimedia editor of student newspaper The Vanguard. Ngo says that the cause was merely tweeting a video of a Muslim student describing what the Quran says about killing apostates. However, Ngo's tweet brings up some ethical issues: he tweeted that video while not in his official capacity, and the tweet caused the student speaker to be targeted for threats and harassment due to attention from outlets like Breitbart.
In 2018, Ngo had a column "A Visit to Islamic England" published in the execrable Wall Street Journal opinion section. It controversially describes London as "failed multiculturalism", has been described as "utter nonsense" and a "dishonest race-baiting article" by someone who actually lives in Whitechapel, the area of London Ngo had briefly visited.
Several of Ngo's statements and claims were disproved by a Tower Hamlets Council spokesperson, for example Ngo had incorrectly tried to link a street alcohol ban specifically to Islam (echoing the conspiracy theories of no-go zones and Eurabia), not realising "no drinking zones have been introduced by many councils across the UK to tackle antisocial behaviour linked to street drinking."
Ngo later admitted
writing lies making mistakes in his opinion column.
Demonizing anything remotely associated with the left wing
Ngo will gleefully jump at the opportunity to post stories that demonize groups that his followers dislike, even if it means throwing other LGBT people under the bus. For example, Ngo posted a Twitter thread describing details of an alleged murder by two transgender people of one suspect's mother. There are many other examples of transphobic story selection.
In addition, regarding a photo of a man yelling at two state police officers during a protest against COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders at the Michigan capitol, Ngo correctly pointed out that some tweets misidentified the man in the photo. However, 15 minutes later, Ngo cherry-picked the man's political views:
Brian Cash is a 'marijuana rights' activist who says he voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary...
This tweet tells only part of the story and is slightly misleading, giving readers the impression that Cash voted for Sanders in the 2020 presidential primary. In fact, the source cited earlier by Ngo specifically said:
Cash, who expressed dislike for both the Democratic and Republican parties, said he voted for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primary, and then Donald Trump in the general election.
Attacked by Antifa
In May 2019, Ngo was pepper-sprayed by an Antifa protester in Portland, Oregon. Afterwards, Ngo doxed a person who'd been knocked out by a Proud Boy at the same rally. It was later stated that her spine had been broken in the process.
In June 2019, Ngo was kicked, punched, "milkshaked", and silly-stringed by antifa protesters in Portland, Oregon, and ended up in the hospital. Right-wing media widely claimed that Ngo had had a brain hemorrhage. If so, he improved remarkably quickly -- Ngo was discharged and appeared on Fox News the next day. Right-wing media also widely claimed that Ngo had been attacked by a "cement milkshake", including Fox News (who later backtracked their coverage) and Ted Cruz. Such a milkshake, if used, would not be effective as mixtures with more than 1% sugar prevent cement from settling.
Ngo's reporting about these protests is full of misinformation, as shown in a Twitter thread by @RespectableLaw from August 2019.
Ngo is notorious for doxxing a number of left-wing activists, including minors, as real journalists apparently do. In 2019, a "kill list" of activists publicly identified by Ngo began circulating within white supremacist groups, culminating in the arrests of multiple neo-Nazis charged with plotting attacks on those named in the list. Activists who have been identified and had personal information shared by Ngo on Twitter have frequently been the target of harassment campaigns by his legion of brainwashed followers, most of who bemoan "cancel culture" but don't seem to mind it when it targets liberals or left wing activists. One of Ngo's doxxing victims had her spine broken by a Proud Boy during the 2019 May Day protests, shortly after Ngo identified her publicly. An article featured in Jacobin Magazine detailed the experiences of several of Ngo's targets:
"Jacobin has talked to six people in Portland, including journalists, political officials, and activists, who described harassing messages and threats of violence resulting from Ngo’s work or political involvement in Portland. Friends of two other activists claim they went into hiding after Ngo spread their names and they became targets of harassment. Some individuals who’ve tangled publicly with Ngo are reluctant to go on the record. They say they want to avoid the “trauma” of being subjected to a new round of death threats."
Ngo is no stranger to being doxxed himself. His information has been posted several times in recent years, most recently by an anti-police website "whose stated aim is to track police brutality but also has galleries of what it calls 'Snitches' and 'Cop Callers.'"
Hyping hate crime hoaxes
Following the 2019 arrest of actor Jussie Smollett for lying about a hate crime, Ngo jumped on the "dismiss hate crimes as hoaxes" bandwagon. Ngo appeared on a panel alongside Ben Shapiro and Sally Kohn on a February 2019 episode of the Dr. Phil talk show about hate crimes and why people would lie about them. In June 2019, the Manhattan Institute's City Journal published a guest article by Ngo, "Inventing Victimhood," in which Ngo nutpicked "dozens of [...] examples" to reach a hasty generalization: "...our institutions of higher education too often doubl[e] as 'hate-hoax mills,' encouraged by a bloated grievance industry in the form of diversity administrators." While advocates of raising awareness of hate crimes ought to have more due diligence in verifying evidence, Ngo's theory fails to account for thousands of hate crimes reported per year; it would be absurd to assume that a significant enough majority would be lies. Besides, Ngo might want to have a talk with his right wing media allies about inventing a brain hemmorhage caused by Antifa. He also posted a misleading edited video that portrayed a person who was attacked by a Proud Boy as the aggressor.
Ignoring actual hate crimes
Yet when searching Ngo's Twitter feed for anything about actual hate crimes like the 2019 El Paso shooting or terrorism from the right like the October 2018 United States mail bombing attempts, crickets.
2021 congressional hearing
In February 2021, Ngo was invited by Republicans to a Congressional Hearing on "Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security". Even before the hearing itself, numerous professionals and academics who actually study terrorism argued this would seriously "set back efforts" to tackle domestic terrorism. To quote a YouTube comment on the hearing:
This is the most effed-up, delusional hearing I've watched and I've watched 1-3/week for the past 6 years
Yeah. It's that bad.
- Portland mayor faces impeachment calls after antifa assault and milkshaking of right-wing blogger Andy Ngo. Independent. 2 July 2019.
- Andy Ngo's accent in 2017 vs. 2019
- Griffin, Anna (February 7, 2018). "For Immigrants' Son, Vietnam Trip Led To More Conservative Worldview". Oregon Public Broadcasting. Archived from the original on February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 20, 2022.
- Will Sommer, Right-Wing Star Andy Ngo Exits Quillette After Damning Video Surfaces. The Daily Beast, 26 August 2019.
...footage taken by an undercover liberal activist in May and described on Monday by the Portland Mercury showed Ngo witnessing activists from the far-right group Patriot Prayer planning a violent confrontation at a bar associated with left-wing activists. Ngo never reported on what he had seen the Patriot Prayer members planning, and some of the people involved in the attack at the bar now face felony riot charges.
- Alex Zielinski, Undercover in Patriot Prayer: Insights From a Vancouver Democrat Who's Been Working Against the Far-Right Group from the Inside. Portland Mercury, 26 August 2019.
- Ngo, Andy. " Fired for Reporting the Truth." National Review: May 12, 2017. Accessed April 25, 2020.
- Herron, Elise. "A Dispute Over a Muslim Student’s Remarks Costs a College Journalist His Job, And Brings National Furor to Portland State University." Willamette Week: July 14, 2017. Accessed April 25, 2020.
- Adames, Angel. "Andy Ngo is no victim." Medium: July 1, 2019. Accessed April 25, 2020.
- Leary, Colleen. "In response to ‘Fired for reporting the truth’. The Vanguard: May 13, 2017. Accessed April 25, 2020.
- Ngo, A. (August 29, 2018) A Visit to Islamic England. Wall Street Journal.
- Noble, W. (August 31, 2018). The Wall Street Journal Spouts Utter Nonsense About Islamic London In This Article. Londonist.
- Lockie, A. (August 31, 2018). The Wall Street Journal ran a cowardly, race-baiting article on 'Islamic England': I live there. They're dead wrong. Business Insider.
- 'Islamic England' Wall Street Journal Column Slammed By Tower Hamlets Council And Campaigners. Huffington Post. 30 Aug 2018.
- Ngo, A. (November 9, 2018). What happened when I wrote about Islam in Britain. Spectator.
- Twitter search (from:MrAndyNgo) trans
- Andy Ngo tweet, "That isn’t Rob Cantrell. The man in the photo is Brian Cash, a self-described “marijuana activist” who says he was high when that photo was taken." May 5, 2020. Tweet includes link to Kaufman, Gina. "Michigan man in now-famous Capitol protest photo: 'I didn't scream in anybody's face'." Detroit Free Press: May 5, 2020. Both sources accessed May 6, 2020.
- Wallace, Danielle (May 2, 2019). Antifa, far-right groups clash outside Portland bar after 'peaceful' May Day protests. Fox News.
- My favourite aspect to Andy Ngo's recent performance is how far he went to justify and deny the Proud Boys knocking someone unconscious and snapping the vertebrae of her neck right in front of him. This man is as much of an unrepentant thug as the groups he collaborates with., CranBoonitz, Twitter
- Williams, Kale. (June 30, 2019).Portland mayor, police come under fire after right-wing writer attacked at protest, OregonLive.com.
- Discussing Andy Ngo and the Portland protests, a Fox News guest says you had "people throwing milkshakes that apparently had quick-dry cement mixed in them." Despite the fact that there's absolutely no evidence to support this, anchor Neil Cavuto just lets it go, Justin Baragona, Twitter
- Good stuff from Fox News who quietly changed its headline that amplified the hoax that antifa was throwing cement milkshakes at the Proud Boys in Portland without issuing a correction, or even acknowledging it, Ali Breland, Twitter
- Concrete chemistry and the TFL sugar rush
- Andy Cuong Ngo: The Internet's Biggest Snitch. copblaster.com, 5 October 2020.
- Nellie Bowles, Abolish the Police? Those Who Survived the Chaos in Seattle Aren’t So Sure. New York Times, 7 August 2020.
- Ngo, Andy. "Inventing Victimhood." City Journal: June 26, 2019. Accessed April 25, 2020.
- Twitter search (from:mrandyngo) "el paso"
- Twitter searches: (from:mrandyngo) Sayoc, or mail bombing
- Blazakis, Jason. "(1) Jason Blazakis on Twitter: "This is an embarrassing congressional panel - one that sets back efforts to tackle the challenge of #DomesticTerrorism" / Twitter".
- Judiciary, House. "The Rise of Domestic Terrorism in America - YouTube".