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“No sign of hate groups” – Why hasn’t the Inquirer corrected its reporting of Saturday’s hate rally?

Update: The paper has somewhat acknowledged the phrasing as at least somewhat inaccurate. 

An earlier version of this article reported “no indication” that neo-Nazis, white supremacists, or members of other alleged hate groups attended Saturday’s rallies. Photos of the event show individuals wearing shirts with the Three Percenters insignia, and social media posts claim that several attendees were associated with the Proud Boys.

Chris Palmer also addresses the situation on Twitter. 


On Saturday a hate rally was held on Independence Mall with a small group of protestors taking the north side of Market Street to the National Constitution Center, and a much larger group assembled on the south side of the street.

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s coverage outright denies the presence of hate groups at the rally.

The competing rallies featured only sporadic tensions, and there was no indication of attendance by neo-Nazis, white supremacists, or members of hate groups such as the Proud Boys or Three Percenters, as had been predicted on various online sites.

4 arrested, but calm mostly prevails at ‘We the People’ rally on Independence Mall

This is demonstrably false. The Proud Boys and Three Percenters were quite visibly in attendance, as has been reported elsewhere.

Hamilton Nolan has also confirmed the presence of Proud Boys over at Splinter News.

I hope we see a correction, or at least a comprehensive clarification, today.

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