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How the liberal media and ‘Looting Party’ cultivates racism and hate in America

ANALYSIS/OPINION: What would we do without virtue signalers instructing us about how hopelessly racist America is?  They’ve been out in force even more than usual since the tragic death of George Floyd and the riots that followed. It’s hard to escape their false narrative, peddled by CNN, the major networks, every major newspaper and most…

How the liberal media and ‘Looting Party’ cultivates racism and hate in America

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What would we do without virtue signalers instructing us about how hopelessly racist America is? 

They’ve been out in force even more than usual since the tragic death of George Floyd and the riots that followed. It’s hard to escape their false narrative, peddled by CNN, the major networks, every major newspaper and most politicians. They say America has made little or no racial progress in the last 60 years, that the police are all wannabe Bull Connors, that income inequality is enforced by “institutional racism,” and that “America is a failed social experiment,” as Harvard professor Cornel West says.  

We’ve been at this for 400 years, according to The New York Times’ Marxist screed against America, “The 1619 Project,” which won a Pulitzer Prize in April.

Have you noticed the absence of the word “riot” in news coverage?  Rock-throwing, window-smashing, arson, beating up shop owners and shooting cops is the work of mere “protesters.” The Washington Post said Friday that President Trump wants to use the military “to quell protests.” No, he doesn’t. It’s the criminal violence, the looting, the fires and the beatings.

But not everyone agrees. The Looting Party has stoked hatred at every opportunity. “Riots are an integral part of the country’s march towards progress,” the Fairfax County, Virginia Democratic Party smugly tweeted. 

Federal officials are now investigating more than 800 arsons and 76 explosive devices used in the “protests.” Meanwhile, Democratic Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced major budget cuts for the LAPD, the city’s “thin blue line.”

Wonder how the families of David Patrick Underwood and David Dorn feel about riots? Mr. Underwood, 53, was shot and killed in Oakland while working security during a “protest” over Mr. Floyd’s death. Or the family of 77-year David Dorn, a retired police captain who was also killed during a “protest” in St. Louis. These black victims don’t rate; they don’t fit the narrative.      

You can’t even take refuge in the sports section. Here’s the lead of columnist Sally Jenkins’ article at the top of The Washington Post’s Sunday Sports page on May 31:

“Two knees. One protesting in the grass, one pressing on the back of a man’s neck. Choose. You have to choose which knee you will defend. There are no half choices; there is no room for indifference. There is only the knee of protest or the knee on the neck.”

Really? We can’t both respect our flag and treat other people with the dignity due them as beings created in the image of God? All-time great NFL quarterback Drew Brees found out this week that we can’t.  

Asked about the kneeling protests during the national anthem, he answered: “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States.” He said the anthem reminds him of his grandfathers, who served in the armed forces during World War II. “In many cases, it brings me to tears thinking about all that has been sacrificed, and not just in the military, but for that matter, those throughout the civil rights movements of the ’60s, and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point.” 

Now, he’s doing the equivalent of Maoist confessional self-shaming. All that’s missing is the dunce hat as he is paraded through the streets and spat upon. 

Tens of millions of Americans love our country, live in peace with their neighbors of any race and revere the flag. But, if you feel that Colin Kaepernick’s taking a knee during the national anthem was ill-advised, you want police to murder black men. 

As the virtuous Ms. Jenkins says, “there are no half choices.” This is what passes for unifying messaging. 

The truly divisive people are those who are obsessed with race and focus on it relentlessly in order to, you know, get rid of racism. Think about what this does to children, who start out colorblind. It turns them into racists. The more that we divide people by race, the harder it is to just get along, as Rodney King would say. 

It’s especially hard when the media, the schools and corporate America preach constantly about our country’s shortcomings and their contrasting goodness.  Legos, for instance, just announced that it will stop marketing police officers or White House themes in its toys and movies.  

I opened the Weather Channel app on my phone and up popped a page that said, “We emb(race) the black community.” It was signed IBM/Weather Channel. The folks who peddle climate hysteria are now lecturing us on race relations.

One of the worst lies we’re told is how cops have it in for blacks. While there are undeniably racist cops out there who should be weeded out or prosecuted, the stats don’t back up systemic police racism. 

“In 2019, police officers fatally shot 1,004 people, most of whom were armed or otherwise dangerous,” Heather Mac Donald wrote in The Wall Street Journal. “African-Americans were about a quarter of those killed.” The police shot nine unarmed blacks in 2019 and 19 unarmed whites. “A police officer is 18-and-a-half times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer.”

Blacks are vastly overrepresented as crime victims and perpetrators. It’s an ongoing outrage, fostered by the Looting Party’s socialist policies that have destroyed the black family and turned cities into crime zones.

Remember this the next time the Looting Party tells you that we’re the problem. 

• Robert Knight is a contributor to The Washington Times. His website is roberthknight.com.

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Liberal judicial group Demand Justice calls for Biden to release Supreme Court candidate list

Liberal judicial advocacy group Demand Justice is calling for Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden to release a list of potential Supreme Court nominees before the November election.  Demand Justice executive director Brian Fallon told C-SPAN on Wednesday his group has spoken to Mr. Biden and his campaign about releasing a list of candidates for…

Liberal judicial group Demand Justice calls for Biden to release Supreme Court candidate list

Liberal judicial advocacy group Demand Justice is calling for Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden to release a list of potential Supreme Court nominees before the November election. 

Demand Justice executive director Brian Fallon told C-SPAN on Wednesday his group has spoken to Mr. Biden and his campaign about releasing a list of candidates for any vacancy that could materialize if Mr. Biden is elected president. 

“The vice president has said that he’s considering it,” Mr. Fallon said on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. “We know that he’s made a commitment to nominate the first African American woman to the bench, and we think that’s amazing. We’d love for him to go further to say some names that he’s considering.”

Demand Justice has published a list of potential nominees for a Democratic president to appoint and Mr. Fallon said his group would update the list with more names in “a couple of days.”

Liberal attention to the issue of potential Supreme Court nominees comes as President Trump is preparing to update his own list of potential candiates. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Tuesday the president would approve a revised shortlist in the coming days.  

Mr. Trump successfully leveraged a list of potential Supreme Court nominees during the 2016 campaign to recruit skeptical conservative voters and is looking to repeat that accomplishment in 2020. 

Mr. Fallon said he thinks Mr. Biden should act now to show the differences between Mr. Biden’s potential nominees and the president’s picks for the high court.

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Liberal groups ask networks to stop ‘misinformation’ from GOP convention with delayed broadcast

Liberal groups are asking television network executives to implement a one-minute delay on their broadcasts of this week’s Republican National Convention in the interest of thwarting purported misinformation. Ultraviolet, a liberal women’s group, led a coalition of liberal groups including NARAL Pro-Choice America, and EMILY’s List, to request the TV executives do not allow their…

Liberal groups ask networks to stop ‘misinformation’ from GOP convention with delayed broadcast

Liberal groups are asking television network executives to implement a one-minute delay on their broadcasts of this week’s Republican National Convention in the interest of thwarting purported misinformation.

Ultraviolet, a liberal women’s group, led a coalition of liberal groups including NARAL Pro-Choice America, and EMILY’s List, to request the TV executives do not allow their networks to broadcast the GOP convention in the same manner they did for last week’s Democratic National Convention.

The liberal groups told ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC that the groups recognize the networks have a professional responsibility to provide equal time to adversarial political parties, but they want the networks to “actively fact check and debunk dangerous disinformation in real-time and stop it from spreading.”

“Make no mistake the Republican National Convention’s programming will be a primary source of dangerous disinformation about everything from voting rights, to racial justice and police violence, to medical disinformation and dangerous medical falsehoods about the pandemic,” the liberal groups wrote. “It is likely that this information will also include racist and sexist attacks designed to stoke division and hatred. We know this because we have seen it before.”

The liberal groups wrote that implementing a 1-minute delay would allow for the networks to “prevent the American people from being lied to,” and the groups argue that the future of the country is at stake.

“This cheap stunt from the radical left won’t stop the American people from hearing this truth: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris advocate for a far-left agenda while President Trump and Vice President Pence will always defend our freedoms and rebuild our economy back to historic levels of growth,” said Steve Guest, Republican National Committee spokesperson, in an email.

The television network executives have not made any such public commitment to tailor their broadcasting plans to meet activists’ desires.

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Liberal media blurs costs and destruction of ongoing Black Lives Matter/Antifa race riots

ANALYSIS/OPINION: The Chinese Communist coronavirus isn’t the only epidemic in the land.  America’s news media are suffering mass amnesia, stuffing down a memory hole the extent of destruction from the ongoing Black Lives Matter/Antifa race riots. Apart from lots of happy stories depicting the whole country kneeling to the BLM’s anti-White, Marxist demands, you won’t…

Liberal media blurs costs and destruction of ongoing Black Lives Matter/Antifa race riots

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Chinese Communist coronavirus isn’t the only epidemic in the land. 

America’s news media are suffering mass amnesia, stuffing down a memory hole the extent of destruction from the ongoing Black Lives Matter/Antifa race riots.

Apart from lots of happy stories depicting the whole country kneeling to the BLM’s anti-White, Marxist demands, you won’t see much about the real costs.   

It’s gotten so bad that Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican, unleashed an eight-minute video during a House committee meeting that was grilling Attorney General William Barr last Tuesday. 

The video begins with a mashup of a dozen or so reporters and politicians repeating the phrase “peaceful protests” or “peaceful protesters” followed by riot footage. The next portion features the widow of slain St. Louis retired police Capt. David Dorn, a father of five who was killed while responding to an alarm at a pawnshop. As she speaks, scenes of mob violence unfold.  

The effect is devastating. Which is why the video has come under attack. CNN’s Jake Tapper drew some blood, showing that two CNN reporters who use the phrase “peaceful protests” are taken out of context. He’s right. Both reporters note that while the daytime protests they were covering were peaceful, they were followed by nighttime violence. That part was omitted. Welcome to what happens to conservatives when they’re interviewed by Mr. Tapper’s network. 

But two wrongs don’t make a right, and we’ll give you this one, Jake. You had the guts to report how similar editing created the colossal lie that President Trump praised White supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, even though he unequivocally condemned them.   

However, Mr. Tapper does not dent the Jordan video’s powerful message. Extreme media bias pervades riot coverage and political stories. Just Google “Trump.” The media are really good at covering up what they don’t want known. They’ve sugar-coated abortion for decades while serving up the party line about “choice.” They’ve played down horrific Black-on-Black urban violence, focusing instead on a handful of police brutality cases. They’re doing the same with the current riots.

“If it bleeds, it leads” isn’t in force now. If Americans actually saw the extent of lawlessness in Democrat-run cities, they might realize who’s responsible. 

Given the Democrats’ wink and a nod to the rioters while defunding police, it’s not a reach to describe BLM/Antifa as the militant wing of the Democratic Party. Those are not Young Republicans out smashing windows, looting stores, burning buildings, beating up people and overturning police cars.  

I’ve searched in vain for news about the riots’ overall cost. The media seem profoundly incurious. How many people have been killed? How many police officers have been injured or died? How many businesses have been destroyed? How much will it cost to fix everything that’s been broken?

There’s anecdotal evidence. Between May 25 and June 8, at least 17 people were killed in what the media call “unrest.” More than 700 law enforcers were injured by early June. 

Property damage has run into the billions, and we’re not done yet. Portland continues to simmer, and cities explode nightly, like Richmond this past week. 

Looters have struck at least 250 CVS pharmacies and 350 Walgreens nationwide, according to an insurance website. Crime is out of control in several major cities, with Chicago enduring double-digit murder numbers on weekends. In Los Angeles, Democrats plan to cut the police budget by more than $100 million despite homicides rising by 250% in early June. 

Since we don’t have reliable, comprehensive data, let’s go to the nation’s largest city for a snapshot. 

New York Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio has cut $1 billion from the NYPD budget and disbanded the 600-member plainclothes police unit. Between June 1 and June 30, shootings increased by 130% over June 2019. Murders rose by more than 30%, burglaries increased by 118% and auto thefts rose by 52%. 

As for New York’s finest — you know, the guys in blue who ran into the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks, most of whom never came out — here are some of their costs.

Since May 28, “a total of 458 officers of all ranks have been injured,” according to spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Frances O’Donnell. “Seven officers were admitted to the hospital, 303 were treated and released from the hospital, five were treated by EMS and 150 refused medical attention. Forty-seven officers remain out sick due to their injuries.”

From May 28 to July 22, “303 NYPD vehicles have been vandalized during the protests,” she reported in an email, adding that, “14 vehicles were a total loss due to arson and condemned.”  

The damage — so far — is estimated at just under $1 billion ($996,700). That’s just for the department.

“The NYPD has seen a surge in the number of officers filing for retirement,” said Sgt. O’Donnell.  

Well, why not? When you work for a mayor who hates your guts and the media treat you as the bad guys, why risk your life? 

As for the rest of us, just because the media have amnesia, we shouldn’t forget the real costs of the Democrats’ experiment in street justice. 

Or the ongoing sacrifices of the thin blue line. 

• Robert Knight is a contributor to The Washington Times. His website is robertHknight.com. 

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