Once again, the corrupt, left-wing mainstream media is moving to protect ideological soulmates, in this case anarchist groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter who have been rioting, looting and burning American cities all summer long with the intent of destroying the civil society.
Left-leaning media outlets already had decided to protect rioters who have destroyed businesses across America during the violence of 2020.
CNN decided that rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was “fiery but mostly peaceful” in a chyron in front of burning businesses.
This is what a Biden Presidency will bring to your city.
Hats off to CNN for having the stamina to continue to carry water for democrats.
“Fiery but mostly peaceful protests” pic.twitter.com/hlnVX0dCZ9
— Senator Melissa Melendez (@senatormelendez) August 27, 2020
In response to that ridiculous characterization, Daily Caller editor Peter J. Hasson joked, “[R]eporting to you live from Pearl Harbor, where America suffered a mostly peaceful surprise attack by the Japanese empire.”
In a separate asinine report from MSNBC hack Ali Velshi, who was reporting from Minneapolis in May and was actually standing where a burning building could be seen behind him, said, “I want to be clear on how I characterize this. This is mostly a protest. It is not generally speaking unruly but fires have been started.”
MSNBC’s Ali Velshi now has competition for the most ridiculous riot “reporting.”
Back in May, Velshi said, “I want to be clear on how I characterize this. This is mostly a protest. It is not generally speaking unruly but fires have been started.”pic.twitter.com/6K72kHHno1
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) August 27, 2020
Now it’s The Associated Press’s turn to fall in line; the nation’s most widely read newswire service recently issued several tweets advising that reporters ought to take care when using the term “riot” (because we’ve got an election coming soon and Democrats have been condoning all of the not-so-peaceful protests…the riots, in other words).
“Use care in deciding which term best applies: A riot is a wild or violent disturbance of the peace involving a group of people. The term riot suggests uncontrolled chaos and pandemonium,” the AP noted in a tweet.
Well, yes, that’s true. And “uncontrolled pandemonium” is precisely what groups like Antifa and BLM have engaged in routinely, all summer long.
“Focusing on rioting and property destruction rather than underlying grievance has been used in the past to stigmatize broad swaths of people protesting against lynching, police brutality or for racial justice, going back to the urban uprisings of the 1960s,” the AP added.
“Unrest is a vaguer, milder and less emotional term for a condition of angry discontent and protest verging on revolt,” it said.
“Protest and demonstration refer to specific actions such as marches, sit-ins, rallies or other actions meant to register dissent. They can be legal or illegal, organized or spontaneous, peaceful or violent, and involve any number of people,” the leftist newswire continued.
“Revolt and uprising both suggest a broader political dimension or civil upheavals, a sustained period of protests or unrest against powerful groups or government systems.” (Related: Nancy Pelosi plotting for Democrat-dominated House of Representatives to select next president.)
The part about ‘stigmatizing broad swaths of people’ ahead of terms like ‘lynching, police brutality, or for racial justice’ tells you everything you need to know about this ridiculous ‘guidance’: It is political propaganda aimed at labeling people racists who use terms like “riots” and “property destruction” so they’ll be silent.
Why should we expect a news organization to report accurately, right?
News organizations that don’t want to correctly label rioting and property destruction as such are nothing but propaganda vessels, pure and simple. Because in truth, there isn’t any ‘racial’ component to what’s been taking place in American cities: While most rioting and looting that has occurred in, say, St. Louis and Chicago may involve mostly black people, by far the bulk of the rioters in Portland and Seattle have been white.
So if there is any ‘stigmatization’ going on, it’s that anyone who riots and destroys property is a lawless thug, period — and the AP (and all other news outlets) should report it that way (because that’s how most Americans view such behavior).
“Mobs of violent left-wing kooks have been roaming the streets of American cities for months terrorizing residents, murdering Trump supporters, beating people to a pulp, shooting police officers, and assaulting people in their vehicles,” Townhall noted. “But you wouldn’t know any of this if you consumed news exclusively from the mainstream media because the mainstream media doesn’t want you to know about it.