December 7, 2021

Tucker Carlson’s Deranged Jan. 6 Film Author Scooter Downey Additionally Made Movie for Pizzagater Mike Cernovich

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The author of Tucker Carlson’s controversial documentary collection on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot beforehand directed movies made by far-right figures, together with a number one promoter of the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, an virulent anti-refugee activist, and an alt-right comedian ebook author whose lead superhero’s outfit resembles a Accomplice flag.

Los Angeles-based filmmaker Scooter Downey will seemingly attain his greatest stage but on Monday, when Fox Information plans to air the primary a part of Carlson’s three-part Patriot Purge movie. A collection trailer, which aired Wednesday night on Fox Information, included the false declare that the riot was a “false flag” meant to assault conservatives. The collection additionally appeared to incorporate a sympathetic interview with Ali Alexander, who has been subpoenaed by the Jan. 6 Choose Committee for his function in organizing a pro-Trump rally in entrance of Congress that finally turned violent.

Carlson’s collection has already sparked backlash, with fellow Fox News mainstay Geraldo Rivera calling his colleague’s promotion of false conspiracy theories concerning the riot “bullshit.” However Downey’s function within the Fox manufacturing, and his previous working for conspiracy theorists and hate figures, has gone to date undiscussed.

Downey and Carlson share writing credit score for the documentary collection, in keeping with a screenshot the filmmaker posted on Twitter. It’s not clear whether or not Downey additionally directed Patriot Purge, however he has retweeted messages from different right-wing figures suggesting he performed a lead function within the collection’ creation.

In a put up on social-media app Telegram, Alexander wrote that he was excited to “see what Tucker Carlson and Scooter Downey have produced.” And Downey’s Twitter bio and banner pictures boast of his work as producer for “Tucker Carlson Originals.”

Fox Information and Downey didn’t reply to requests for touch upon this story.

Previous to Patriot Purge, Downey was maybe finest identified on the best as co-director of Hoaxed, a 2019 documentary from far-right determine Mike Cernovich about alleged media bias towards the MAGA motion. Cernovich rose to prominence on the far-right by selling the baseless Pizzagate conspiracy concept, which held that Hillary Clinton operated a pedophile intercourse dungeon out of a D.C. pizzeria. In Dec. 2016, the Pizzagate frenzy impressed a North Carolina man to fire a gun contained in the restaurant.

And final 12 months Downey directed one other documentary, this time for anti-refugee activist Lauren Southern, a Canadian alt-right determine maybe finest identified for teaming up with far-right European activists to interfere with and attempt to thwart a ship rescuing refugees within the Mediterranean Sea.

Crossfire, the documentary Downey created with Southern, centered on the Black Lives Matter motion and the protests and violence that occurred after the police homicide of George Floyd final summer time. Like Hoaxed, the documentary consisted principally of interviews with outstanding right-wing figures like Cernovich.

Downey additionally directed Insurgent’s Run, an upcoming live-action primarily based on a right-wing comedian ebook from blogger Theodore Robert Beale, who goes by the title “Vox Day” on-line.

Beale writes comedian books, together with a collection referred to as Alt-Hero, that should push again on what he and his followers understand as a “social justice warrior” infiltration of the comedian ebook business. Insurgent’s Run stars a superhero named “Insurgent,” whose outfit is modeled on the Accomplice flag. The movie’s plot will pit her towards villains who’re finishing up a “world crackdown on hate,” in keeping with a trailer. A crowdfunding web page for the movie claims it has raised greater than $940,000.

Beale, who has referred to as himself an “alt proper nationalist,” is probably better known for his assaults on ladies and help for white nationalism. In a 2016 weblog put up, for instance, Beale wrote that “Western civilization” rests on “white tribalism, white separatism, and particularly white Christian masculine rule.”

On Wednesday, a conservative web persona who goes by the title “Some Bitch I Know” wrote in a put up on far-right social media community Gab that she helped accumulate footage for Carlson’s documentary.

And in a remark beneath her put up, Downey made a prediction concerning the collection’ reception: “It can soften some minds,” he wrote.

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