Mainstream media has been instrumental in promoting race riots and violent demonstrations happening across the country, the Daily Caller reports, as on at least 31 occasions, more than a dozen outlets defended or otherwise glorified the protests.
Just last week, CNN described the protests as “mostly peaceful” while objects and buildings in the background were literally on fire.
The Daily Caller reports: “As the violence broke out in American cities in late May and June, dozens of news outlets provided a platform for commentators, professors, and activists who not only acknowledged that rioting and looting were taking place, but sought to either justify the violence as a valid protesting technique or as a form of righteous rebellion against an unjust system.”
According to the report, the bulk of the pieces pushed the following narratives:
- Rioting is patriotic, and it works.
- Rioting and looting are valid protesting tactics against police brutality.
- These aren’t violent riots. It’s an uprising.
The report goes on to specifically identify 31 occasions, including reports, opinion pieces, interviews, and other segments, that defended the protests.
Check out the Daily Caller list below:
- “The Double Standard of the American Riot,” published June 1 in The Atlantic.
- “Rioting is a nuanced and deeply misunderstood form of protest,” published June 7 in The DP.
- “9 Times Riots Created Real Change In America,” published June 1 in Bustle.
- “Why extreme actions shouldn’t delegitimize a protest,” published June 3 in Quartz.
- “When Rioting Works,” published June 1 in Jacobin.
- “When Americans Don’t Riot, Politicians Feel Unrestrained,” published June 15 in The American Prospect.
- “Does rioting work? Here are five times it did,” published June 6 in Big Think.
- “Why Violent Protests Work,” published June 2 in GQ.
- “How Riots Built America,” published June 12 in HuffPost.
- “Riots Are As American As Apple Pie,” published June 10 in Other Words, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies.
- “A justification for the unrest? Look no further than the Bible and the Founding Fathers,” published June 4 in The Conversation.
- “Burn It All Down,” published May 28 in Essence.
- “Proportionate Response,” published May 30 in Slate.
- “As Officials Condemn Violence During Protests, This Professor Says Some Is Warranted,” published May 31 by NPR.
- “Riots Aren’t Irrational,” Published June 15 in Mother Jones.
- “In Defense of Destroying Property,” published June 10 in The Nation.
- “American history shows civil unrest is the only way black people are heard,” published June 1 in TRTWorld.
- “We riot because you choose not to hear: A digital equity lesson for Nashville,” published June 4 in the Tennessean.
- “‘Riots,’ ‘violence,’ ‘looting’: Words matter when talking about race and unrest, experts say,” published May 31 in USA Today.
- “The Reliably Racist Cherry-Picking of the Word “Riot”,” published June 1 in Mother Jones.
- “Why Damaging Property Isn’t The Same As “Violence”,” published June 1 in Current Affairs.
- “Understand Protests As ‘Acts Of Rebellion’ Instead Of Riots, Marc Lamont Hill Says,” published June 2 by NPR.
- “The George Floyd protests are a rebellion against an unjust system,” published June 4 in The Guardian.
- “No, We Should Not Condemn Uprisings Against Police Murders Like George Floyd’s,” published May 28 in Jacobin.