The New York Times appeared to downplay Portland suspect Michael Forest Reinoehl’s ties to Antifa in its report of his fatal encounter with the police.
The Times was the first point of sale to spread the news that 48-year-old Reinoehl was shot dead by police after he was accused last week of murdering a pro-Trump counter-protester, apparently during an interview with Vice News had confirmed.
“Michael Forest Reinoehl, an Antifa supporter, died when police arrested him, said four officers. He was being investigated for the fatal shooting of a member of a far-right group,” The Times wrote under the headline.
However, the Editing TheGrayLady Twitter account, a bot that automatically flags changes made by the Times, first noted the removal of the “Antifa supporters”
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Fox News was able to confirm that the article deleted the Antifa reference below the heading.
The Times changed it to read: “Police officers killed Michael Forest Reinoehl while trying to arrest him, said four officers. He was being investigated for the fatal shooting of a far-right group member.”
The article’s first reference to Reinoehl’s support for Antifa only appeared in the sixth paragraph.
As the Times reported, “I’m 100% ANTIFA!” He posted on Instagram in June referring to a loose collection of activists who have mobilized to oppose groups they see as fascist or racist. “I am ready to fight for my brothers and sisters! Even if some of them are too ignorant to realize what antifa really stands for. We don’t want violence, but we won’t run away either! ‘”
The Times did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
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Reinoehl was the prime suspect in the death of 39-year-old Aaron “Jay” Danielson, who was shot in the chest Saturday night, officials told Fox News.
Police officers from a federal task force led by the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service were monitoring outside an apartment complex in Lacey, Washington, about 120 miles north of Portland, when Reinoehl left the building around 7:30 p.m., officials and law enforcement officials told Fox News .
A Washington-based law enforcement agency told Fox News that four officers learned that Reinoehl was in an apartment within the complex, waiting for a SWAT team to arrive to arrest Reinoehl as he walked out of the house and into one Car rose. The officials decided to stop traffic immediately, the source said.
Reinoehl moved a short distance before he stopped, according to the source, and got out of his vehicle.
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Thurston County Sheriff Ray Brady said the suspect, identified by sources as Reinoehl, said officials first shot the vehicle to stop him. Federal agents “tried to peacefully arrest him,” various sources told Fox News.
When Reinoehl fled on foot, he allegedly pulled out a gun, Brady said in a press release. The officers shot and beat Reinoehl, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Two witnesses told The Olympian they saw two sport utility vehicles pull up to a man, presumably Reinoehl, who was in a car. The man reportedly opened fire with an assault rifle, the witnesses said.
The witnesses told The Olympian they heard about 40 to 50 shots before the officers fired back.
Brady later identified Reinoehl’s weapon as a pistol. Brady said during a press conference following the shooting it was not immediately clear how many bullets were fired according to both reports.
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An investigation into the shooting is being conducted by the Region 3 Critical Incident Investigation Team, which is comprised of several local and state law enforcement agencies, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
Fox News’ Stephanie Pagones, Bill Mears, David Spunt and the Associated Press contributed to this report.