Andy Cuong Ngo
1986/1987 (age 32–33)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
|Residence||Portland, Oregon, U.S.|
Andy Cuong Ngo (born c. 1986) is an American journalist best known for covering street protests in Portland, Oregon. He has written columns in The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and National Review, amongst others, and is an editor for Quillette. Ngo received national attention in June 2019 when he was attacked by Antifa members during a protest in Portland. He is typically considered to be politically conservative by other journalists.
Early life and education
Ngo was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. His parents immigrated from Vietnam by boat in 1978. While attending the University of California, Los Angeles, Ngo volunteered with AmeriCorps. After college, Ngo came out as gay while visiting cousins in rural Vietnam.
Ngo first drew national attention in 2017 when he was fired from the Portland State University (PSU) student newspaper The Vanguard. His dismissal as multimedia editor was in reaction to a Breitbart News report that Ngo had tweeted on his personal account a video clip of a Muslim student on an interfaith panel stating that in some Muslim countries, the punishment for apostasy is death or banishment. While not reporting for The Vanguard at the time, his tweet paraphrased the Muslim student's remark in a way the newspaper's student editor considered to be "a half-truth", and inciting a reaction. The editor also disputed Ngo's claim that the dismissal was motivated by previous campus controversies over Ngo's work. Ngo would later write an op-ed for the National Review titled "Fired for Reporting the Truth". He also engaged in online discussions about the incident and on the pro-Trump subreddit /r/The_Donald he called the firing part of a "trend towards self-censorship in the name of political correctness". According to the editor of The Vanguard, the incident ended up receiving little attention on campus. A student who was on the panel disputed Leary's claim that Ngo had incorrectly paraphrased the Muslim student, but the Muslim student was quoted saying, "I thought I would feel proud after putting something like this [panel] together. Not feel like this."
On August 29, 2018, Ngo wrote an op-ed titled "A Visit to Islamic England" for The Wall Street Journal. In the article, Ngo concludes that Muslim communities constitute London's "failed multiculturalism". He also falsely connected alcohol-free zones in parts of London to the Muslim-majority populations. Ngo was accused of Islamophobia and issued a correction to the article. He said he wrote the op-ed because in London in 2006, he "[had frozen], confused and intimidated by the faceless figures" of women wearing the niqab in London.
Confrontations with Antifa
Ngo has investigated what he calls illiberal reactions to college freedoms. In February 2018, Ngo and his student group Freethinkers of PSU invited on campus James Damore, the author of the Google diversity memo. According to Ngo, they were threatened with violence and were intimidated by Antifa protestors. During the event, a portion of the audience walked out in protest against the speaker. Ngo filmed the disruption, but said "it [had not been] a plan to get national attention for [himself]." In March 2018, Ngo filmed protests and a disruptive audience when feminist critic Christina Hoff Sommers spoke at the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland.
In October 2018, Ngo filmed Antifa protesters insulting an old woman in a wheelchair, as part of protesting a fatal police shooting. The police did not make any arrests. In November 2018, Ngo live-streamed the antifeminist #HimToo Rally by a Patriot Prayer member in downtown Portland, and was sprayed with silly string by Antifa protesters. Ngo subsequently blamed Democratic officials who largely "share similar goals and sympathies" as Antifa, for not preventing violence and "[viewing] it through a partisan lens".[neutrality is disputed]
On June 29, 2019, while filming a counter protest to a Proud Boys march in Portland, Ngo was attacked by Antifa protesters, and the protesters also threw milkshakes on him. Ngo's attorney wrote that Ngo was subsequently taken to hospital for cerebral hemorrhaging. Ngo retained attorney Harmeet Dhillon to investigate the response of the Portland Police Bureau, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz called on federal authorities to investigate Ted Wheeler, Portland's mayor, who is also the city's police commissioner. Democratic Party presidential candidate Andrew Yang wished Ngo a speedy recovery. Frontrunner Joe Biden and then-candidate Eric Swalwell condemned the attack as well.
Religious and political views
Ngo has been widely described as a conservative, although he does not describe himself as such. He is right-of-center, according to journalist Cathy Young. On an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Ngo stated after being questioned, “if someone had a gun to your head” and you had to pick a political label, Ngo responded, "I think it's fair to describe me as center-right".
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- Sang, Lucia Suarez (October 10, 2018). "Portland Antifa protesters caught on video bullying elderly motorist, woman in wheelchair". Fox News. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
- Herzog, Katie (December 7, 2018). "Anti-Racist Protesters Harass Gay Asian-American Journalist". The Stranger. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
- Klar, Rebecca (July 1, 2019). "2020 Democrat Andrew Yang sends well-wishes to Andy Ngo: 'Journalists should be safe to report on a protest'". TheHill. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
- Baker, Mike (July 1, 2019). "In Portland, a Punch and a Milkshake Rumor Feed a Fresh Round of Police Criticism". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
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- Quinn, Allison (June 30, 2019). "Conservative Writer Andy Ngo Attacked at Portland Rally". The Daily Beast. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
- Griffin, Anna (February 8, 2018). "For Immigrants' Son, Vietnam Trip Led To More Conservative Worldview". Oregon Public Broadcasting. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
- Ngo, Andy (September 6, 2017). "The Challenge of Freethinking Among Nonbelievers". Center for Inquiry. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
- Andy Campbell (July 1, 2019). "Far-Right Extremists Wanted Blood In Portland's Streets. Once Again, They Got It". HuffPost. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
- "Announcing our 2017 Outreach interns, Vicki Smith and Andy Ngo". Center for Inquiry. May 11, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
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- Shepherd, Katie (February 17, 2018). "No Violence, Brief Disruption as Fired Google Engineer Speaks at Portland State University". Willamette Week. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
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- Manchester, Julia (November 19, 2018). "Democratic politicians in 'difficult position' in handling antifa, says journalist". The Hill. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
- Sparling, Zane (November 18, 2018). "6 arrested, released during Saturday protest in Portland". Portland Tribune. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
- Prestigiacomo, Amanda (November 19, 2018). "WATCH: Female Antifa Punches, Spits On Conservative Demonstrators. It Doesn't End Well For Her". The Daily Wire. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
- Wallace, Danielle (May 2, 2019). "Antifa, far-right groups clash outside Portland bar after 'peaceful' May Day protests". Fox News. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
- Dearden, Lizzie (June 30, 2019). "Antifa attack conservative blogger Andy Ngo amid violence at Portland Proud Boys protest". The Independent. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
- "Far-Right Extremists Wanted Blood In Portland's Streets. Once Again, They Got It". HuffPost. July 1, 2019.
- "Portland antifa/right wing protests escalate to civil disturbance". Oregonian/OregonLive. June 29, 2019. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
- Sparling, Zane (June 30, 2019). "Police: 3 arrested, 8 need medical care after street brawl". Portland Tribune. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
- Melanie Woodrow (July 1, 2019). "Portland journalist Andy Ngo speaks out, says Antifa behind attack". KGO-TV. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
- March, Mary Tyler (June 30, 2019). "Cruz calls for 'legal action' against Portland mayor after clash between far-right, antifa protesters". TheHill. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
- "Will other Dems join Biden in condemning antifa violence?". New York Post. July 7, 2019. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
- Young, Cathy (April 19, 2019). "Rise of the Notre Dame Truthers". The Bulwark. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
- "Joe Rogan Experience #1323 - Andy Ngo". July 10, 2019. Event occurs at 33:01–33:16. Retrieved July 11, 2019.