- The Washington Times - Friday, September 29, 2017

CRTV host Steven Crowder wants to know why exclusive footage of his infiltration into the left-wing group known as antifa prior to a speech by author Ben Shapiro was rebuffed by media outlets.

A speech at the University of Utah this week by The Daily Wire’s editor-in-chief resulted in multiple detentions and one arrest for suspicion of disorderly conduct and assault, but video by Mr. Crowder shows a side of the story that hasn’t received much attention.

“Louder with Crowder” producer Jared Monroe successfully went undercover with antifa protesters who planned to use “plain clothes and hard tactics.” He notified police when he was given an ice pic for stabbing attendees.

One member of the group said he had guns in the trunk of his car in case “s—- hit the fan.”

“Why did it take a late-night podcast host and his producer to do this kind of journalism?” Mr. Crowder asks in a YouTube video uploaded Thursday. “Cryptic messaging apps, private groups handing out illegal weapons and planning tactics — you mean to tell me that no one at ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN with billions of dollars in resources could have done this?”

The duo’s video, which has received nearly 900,000 views in less than 24 hours, shows Mr. Crowder offering his footage to local reporters and producer Dan Harris of ABC’s “Nightline.”

The host said everyone at the Young Americans for Freedom event shunned his story despite having footage that was verified by cops on the scene.

“It took Steven Crowder and […] Jared to pull it off with some plane tickets and a couple burner phones? Sure,” Mr. Crowder said. “The fact that the media has never reported on any of this begs the question: Are they complicit? Is the media complicit with all of this, or do they just suck at their jobs?”

The Salt Lake Tribune reported the arrests Thursday, which also included an individual who was cited and released.

Identities for those who were arrested or detained were not disclosed.

Police Chief Dale Brophy told the newspaper that security costs, which were divided up among community partners, tallied almost $25,000.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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