2 men who posed with 'murder the media' scrawled on a Capitol door say they were just there to report for their outlet, Murder the Media

Erin Scott/ReutersA door at the Capitol a day after President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the building.
  • Nicholas Ochs and a man who identified himself as “Dick NeCarlo” were pictured next to the words “murder the media” scrawled on a door at the US Capitol during the January 6 insurrection.
  • Ochs – the leader of the Hawaii Proud Boys – and NeCarlo told the Los Angeles Times they were there as citizen journalists for an outlet named Murder the Media.
  • “What I did was journalism,” NeCarlo told the paper.
  • But the pair’s livestream of events also shows Ochs saying, “We came here to stop the steal,” according to the Times.
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Two men who posed next to the words “murder the media” scrawled on a door during last week’s Capitol insurrection say they are citizen journalists working for an outlet called Murder the Media, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Nicholas Ochs and a man identifying himself to the paper as “Dick NeCarlo” had joined crowds during the Capitol riot on January 6, when hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump broke into the building to protest the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.

The House impeached Trump on Wednesday, on a charge of “incitement to insurrection,” for his encouragement at a rally that turned into the mob.

Ochs is the leader of the Hawaii chapter of the Proud Boys, a far-right group that is known for acts of street violence and is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Centre. Ochs was later arrested by the FBI in connection with the break-in.

Ochs also made a failed run for Hawaii’s state legislature as a Republican in the 2020 election, gaining the support of Roger Stone, the conservative political strategist whom Trump pardoned last month.

During the Capitol riot, Ochs and NeCarlo livestreamed the events and posted a selfie, grinning and flashing a thumbs-up next to the “murder the media” graffiti.

The selfie can be seen here on the left-hand side of a compilation of photos of the pair posted to social media:

But NeCarlo, who did not give his real name, insisted to the Los Angeles Times that he and Ochs were there to do reporting for a right-wing California company with the same name: Murder the Media. According to The Daily Beast, the company produces podcasts and YouTube content.

“What I did was journalism: Follow the events and show people what happened,” NeCarlo told the paper. “I’m not doing anything wrong.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that like many other reporters, the pair had interviewed participants and followed them into the Capitol.

But comments captured on their livestream and on subsequent social-media appearances suggest little distance between their reporting and political affiliations.

“Congress stopped the vote when we stormed the Capitol. As we’ve been saying all day: We came here to stop the steal,” Ochs said on his livestream, according to the Times.

NeCarlo later boasted about the experience on YouTube, saying: “All these protests and s—, I’ve been talking s— on it, but it’s about time I went down there and told them how to do it.”


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The men’s positions cloud the distinction between reporting and advocacy. Most mainstream news organisations, including Insider, have strict rules barring reporters from any public affiliation with or support for a political cause.

As Insider’s Dave Levinthal has reported, there are often serious consequences for those who break those rules.

Representatives for Ochs did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It is unclear who wrote the “murder the media” graffiti, but it was characteristic of the hostility to the press that day.

Reporters from various outlets had equipment smashed and were forced to shelter in place during the riot.

Trump weaponised this hatred early in his term and has made booing the media a signature part of his rallies.

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