On Wednesday night, a day after President Donald Trump failed to disavow the Proud Boys during a presidential debate instead of telling them to “step back and stand aside,” Deputy Media CEO Nancy Dubuque emailed her staff to to reassure them that the media company has no ongoing relationship with McInnes.
“I’m sure we’re all still trying to understand what was said in last night’s debate about the President of the United States, but I wanted to write to clarify one thing: Gavin Mackins has nothing to do with VICE,” Dubuque said in an email. which was obtained from CNN Business. “While the legacy of his role in founding the company is swirling from time to time ̵
1; I want you all to be sure that every association he had with the company ended more than a decade ago in 2008. What he did after that – including the founding of the Proud Boys in 2016 – had nothing to do with VICE, our values or our people. “
McInnes may not have any connection to Vice Media now. But he really co-founded the alternative magazine, which grew into what is now Vice Media, and worked at Vice for 14 years.
Mackin, along with Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi, bought Voice of Montreal, a magazine funded by the Canadian government, in 1994. According to an account in The Guardian, in 2008 the three took control of the magazine after falling with the publisher. They changed Vice’s name and later moved to New York and expanded the magazine internationally.
According to pseudonyms, Mackins wrote much of Vice’s content in his early days before they had a freelance budget, according to a New Yorker profile in 2013. He is also a co-author of several Vice books.
In obscene questions with the New York Press in 2002, McKinnes said he was glad the hipsters in Williamsburg, the Brooklyn neighborhood where Vice is based, were white. After a campaign to write letters from a black reader, Vice apologized for McInnes’ comment, The New York Times reported later. He was also quoted by the Times as saying, “I love being white and I think it’s something to be very proud of. I don’t want our culture to be diluted. We need to close the borders now and let everyone assimilate.” to a western, white, English-speaking way of life. “ An unnamed former employee told The New Yorker “[t]the hat was the beginning of the end “in the time of Makin with Vice.
By the time Makin left Vice in 2008, the company was investing in digital video and making a name for itself with its provocative documentaries. Vice was about to become a favorite of media investors, which in its likely high water in 2017 will be estimated at 5.7 billion dollars. Mackin left “because of creative differences with his partners,” according to The New York Times.
Mackin founded The Proud Boys in 2016. He left in 2018, but in 2019 sued the South American Legal Center for Poverty for defining the organization as a hate group. Officially, the group describes itself as organized around the belief that “the West is the best” – what they call Western chauvinism – and rejects the label of white superiority and alternative. They say they oppose both racism and “racial guilt.” They advocate closed borders, gun rights and “respect for the hostess.” In a statement to CNN Business Thursday, Mackines dismissed the notion that Proud Boys are racist or white supremacists.
The current leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tario, told CNN’s El Reeve, who previously worked for Vice, that he was happy with the president’s comment on the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand aside.”
In a staff memo on Wednesday, Dubyuk wrote: “I hope that our work, our culture and our leadership speak for themselves, but let me say – so as not to leave any doubt – we all condemn the supremacy of whites, racism and hatred in any form. “
The deputy also widely covered the proud boys and other far-right groups, Dubyuk noted.
“Our award-winning teams have taken on the responsibility of holding proud boys and other similar groups accountable through persistent and unwavering investigative journalism. Our teams have produced world-class reports on the alternative from Charlottesville to Louisville and more recently Portland,” Dubuc wrote. “Thank you for your unwavering commitment to continue this work – and if anyone finds it difficult, send it my way. I’m happy to make the record straight.”
Vice Media declined to comment outside of Dubuc’s email.
When CNN Business approached Mackin in a text message from Dubuc, he replied: “I created this brand and defined the content from its inception until I left in 2008. My reckless dishonesty still haunts it like the ghost of Banquo “.