Trump's press secretary aired a propaganda-like video of Portland protests that was so disturbing even Fox News cut away from it

  • Fox News cut away from a violent and profanity-laced video of clashes between protesters and federal police in Portland shown during Friday's White House press briefing.
  • The decision was not fully explained by the network that consistently carries White House briefings in full.
  • "We were not expecting that video, and our management here at Fox News has decided we will cut away at this time," Fox News host Harris Faulkner said.
  • Faulkner addressed the decision to cut away at the top of the hour, but did not specify whether swear words in the graffiti or from the audio of the protesters was the reason the network cut away.
  • A Fox News spokesperson did not immediately return Insider's request for comment.
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A bizarre episode unfolded at Friday's White House press briefing when Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany kicked things off by playing a video of protesters clashing with federal police in Portland, Ore.

McEnany was accusing "the media" of ignoring the protests, which she described as "riots."

Fox News quickly cut away before returning to the briefing for the Q&A portion.

 

The video had swear words shown in graffiti, and protesters had profanity bleeped out when confronting police.

Fox News host Harris Faulkner addressed the decision to cut away twice, but did not specifiy if the violence or profanity were the reasons why.

"We were not expecting that video, and our management here at Fox News has decided we will cut away at this time," Faulkner said right after the network cut away.

A Fox News spokesperson did not immediately return Insider's request for comment.

The Justice Department's internal watchdog announced Thursday that it opened an investigation into the actions of federal law-enforcement agents in Portland.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced that his office launched the probe in response to requests from Democratic lawmakers and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.

The Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General will coordinate its investigation with the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general, Horowitz said.

Portland made headlines this month following the appearance of over 100 unidentified federal agents who have been seen driving unmarked vans and pulling protesters off the streets. Trump said he sent agents to the city to tamp down on violent crime and suggested it was linked to demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd.

Over the weekend, Rosenblum said her state was suing the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, and other federal agencies to "stop the federal police from secretly stopping and forcibly grabbing Oregonians off our streets."

Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden also spoke out against the events and described agents patrolling the streets of Portland as a paramilitary force.

On Wednesday, Trump announced he would deploy federal agents to other US cities, including Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico, in a dramatic escalation of the White House's crackdown on anti-racism demonstrations in the wake of Floyd's death.

Both Trump and Barr linked the recent uptick in violent crime to the protests, but neither provided any evidence to support their claims.

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