Skip to comments.NPR Publishes Hit Piece On Advocates Seeking Due Process For J6 Detainees
Posted on 01/21/2022 5:22:26 AM PST by jacknhoo
National Propaganda Radio (otherwise known as the state-funded media outfit NPR) ran a hit-piece Thursday on a charity collecting donations for political prisoners held under the Biden regime over charges related to Jan. 6.
“Experts see ‘red flags’ at nonprofit raising big money for Capitol riot defendants,” NPR Investigations headlined, smearing the Patriot Freedom Project (PFP) as a shadow charity whose board is run by supervisors plagued with financial headaches of their own.
The article centers on the charity’s founder, Cynthia Hughes, who launched the group to support Jan. 6 defendants held now more than a year in reportedly inhumane conditions, and their coping families. Hughes’ own “adoptive nephew” is among those in jail.
“Over the last decade, NPR found, Hughes has filed multiple lawsuits, in which she represented herself, and publicly disclosed serious personal financial problems,” NPR wrote, outlining two lawsuits filed in 2013 and 2018 where Hughes sued credit agencies for thousands to change her rating. “Hughes stated in court documents that she struggled with late payments, poor credit scores, and the ripple effects of filing for bankruptcy in the 2000s. In each case, the parties either settled the claims, or the cases were dismissed outright.”
NPR invoked the testimony of “experts” to cite Hughes’ financial history as problematic while the group aims to raise eight-figure sums to fund the costly legal challenges of those held in detention and denied due process. The government outlet then used the testimony of disgruntled family members of other J6 defendants disenfranchised by the charity to smear the transparency of the project.
“Family members of some alleged Capitol rioters have questioned what the group’s criteria are for sending donations and begun pushing for more transparency,” NPR wrote. “‘A few of us have asked for transparency and got NO WHERE,’ said one family member.”
Behind-the-scenes politics related to those anonymously critical of the group failed to make it into the piece. Joseph McBride, a New York-based attorney representing several Jan. 6 defendants, told The Federalist he warned NPR of the bad-faith critics in advance.
“I spoke to the reporter beforehand and I let them know there was a family member who was hostile to what Cynthia was trying to do and cautioned him from publishing anything based on the person’s claims,” McBride said. “This family member is disgruntled and was denied a leadership role at PFP because of her inability to deal with people in a civilized manner.”
While branded as an organization blindly coming to rioters’ defense, the Patriot Freedom Project only offers assistance to those denied due process and meaningful representation.
“Patriot Freedom Project exists to fight for political prisoners. The ones that are being attacked by our own government and being denied due process and living in hellacious conditions in the D.C. jail,” a charity spokesperson told the outlet.
NPR’s reporting on the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a project bailing out Minneapolis rioters, included four published pieces of laudatory coverage and no mention of Vice President Kamala Harris encouraging supporters to donate while she was a California senator. The fund ultimately bailed out a series of alleged criminals facing steep sentences for heinous crimes, including the rape of an 8-year-old child.
McBride branded NPR’s hit piece on the Patriot Freedom Fund written entirely in “bad faith.”
“People have a right to a meaningful defense,” McBride said. “But because the Jan. 6ers are members of the right and the Christian right, they are being labeled as ‘alt-right’ which is a misnomer in and of itself because it’s just simply not true, and even if it were true, they would be entitled to a meaningful defense because this is America.”
Bonnie Nichols, whose husband, Ryan, is being represented by McBride and has remained in prison since the day of the riot, has benefitted from Hughes’ charity work.
“I don’t know where we would be if we didn’t have that support,” Nichols told The Federalist, explaining how the network of emotional and financial support offered by the Patriot Freedom Project bringing families together has saved her family. The group even donated to “make sure my kids have a good Christmas.” Their father was denied pre-trial release in December days before the holiday despite his lack of criminal history and non-violent background.
Ryan faces several charges related to the Capitol riot including possession of a dangerous weapon on Capitol grounds. The defendant reportedly carried a crowbar, according to court documents. Ryan denied each charge and remains in prison with no trial date under conditions that have led congressional investigators to demand the warden’s dismissal.
“We’re completely in the dark. We don’t have a trial date set. It’s been over a year,” Bonnie said of her husband’s future. “My son, he’s 5 years old, he hasn’t seen his father in over a year and he told me he forgot what his daddy looks like and doesn’t know if his daddy is ever going to come home.”
Excerpt: The lives of the men and women being politically persecuted for standing up to what they believe was a fraudulent election is being destroyed! There are women and children literally in peril because of the wrongful detention of their husbands. There are children without a father at home and we as Americans must rally around these families and help today! The political prisoners are suffering inhumane disgusting unsanitary conditions in these jails! Some of the J6 detainees are VETERANS and ACTIVE MILITARY who are being horribly mistreated. This is not the American Way! We are supposed to live in a country where you are innocent until proven guilty! These men should be out on bond so they can support their families. Sadly, this government wants to continue to exact revenge on Donald J Trump so badly, that his supporters have now become collateral damage. Patriot Freedom Project was started to provide financial, emotional, and moral support to the families. To date, we have been able to help the families pay many bills and cover the costs of various emergent financial needs. In addition, we have been able to supply back to school needs for the J6 children. This platform is to help those who are suffering from various political attacks and financial hardship as the result of tyranny. There are not many non-profits out here to support the conservative narrative. There are young children who have not only been separated from their father’s, but they witnessed raids upon their homes, watched their mothers cry in horror as their dads were taken away in handcuffs. This platform will provide the much needed emotional and therapeutic support these kids are now in need of. We must speak out! We need to stand up and demand the release of all the political prisoners NOW!
God bless and protect the J6 protesters and the Patriot Freedom Project members fighting for them and their families and loved ones. Amen.
Make a donation. https://www.patriotfreedomproject.com/
The J6 political prisoners will undoubtably be held without trial, indeed without formal charges, until the Biden regime is booted from office. Just like in 1984, the regime needs a permanent “enemy” to focus peoples’ attentions away from their miserable current conditions, conditions created by the regime.
Just did- make this viral. This article could be the biggest boom yet for the cause of helping the J6 trespassers.
I stopped donating decades ago, and now I wish I could take back the money I gave them when I did. Evil f**kers.
Hillary Clinton wanted to deprive Richard Nixon of his right to council when she was worked on Watergate impeachment.
The Democrats have a long history of this. They like their enemies to be defenseless.
I used to have a three hour round trip commute. One of the things I enjoyed listening to was NPR, but it was for comic relief. They sound all “quiet, thoughtful and serios”, but their actual words and positions are idiotic. Comically so.
NPR was fake before fake was cool.
And what did NPR have to say about the Vice Prostitute raising funds for Bail Money for the Burn,Loot and Murder thugs and the Anti First Amendment thugs?
American Patriots should not be treated like Muslim terrorists.
I listen to NPR often while driving my children to school. It’s a good opportunity to teach a healthy skepticism of ‘news.’ I get to ask questions like, ‘they called it an insurrection, but can one really take over a government by entering a building?’ or ‘they said X and Y then Z, while X is probably true they just assumed Y with no backup - even so would Z follow?’
That 3 hour commute reminder me of one of NPR’s shows dealing with illegal immigration. They compared one chicken processing plant that hired illegals and another that didn’t that paid about the same wage (according to NPR), thus “proving” that illegals didn’t drive down wages. The problem was that they were only 25 minutes apart, thus well within the same labor market. They intentionally ignored the chance that wages were already depressed by the illegals. But they did it with the serious NPR voice so it sounded reasonable.
Young people (under 40) are very susceptible to the type of delivery used on NPR. IMO
Nazi Progressive Radio doesn’t believe in due process.
Ping for reference.
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