Did the Media Create a Double Standard on Summer Riots vs. Capitol Hill?

Did the Media Create a Double Standard on Summer Riots vs. Capitol Hill?

(UnitedVoice.com) – In the summer of 2020, the media regularly justified and excused riots as agents of change. Repeatedly, they claimed the protests were generally “peaceful” as buildings and cars were on fire just yards behind reporters on camera. During the early spring, Democratic governors blasted those who protested their lockdown orders but weeks later joined with social justice demonstrators arm-in-arm in protest.

However, the media’s tone was very different in the wake of the riots on Capitol Hill that captivated the nation. On Wednesday, January 6, Congress met in a joint session to certify the 2020 Electoral College results as required by the US Constitution. By mid-afternoon, protests broke out, and a riot descended upon the Capitol. The events of the day drew scorn and harsh words from mainstream media outlets.

It appears the media subjectively sees rioting as good if they believe it’s for a righteous cause and bad if they disagree with it.

Media Sympathizes With BLM

It’s questionable how any riot could be labeled as “peaceful.” Yet, in the wake of George Floyd’s passing while in police custody, that’s what many in the media did for several months. The New York Times described riots in Portland, OR, as “a much wider peaceful resistance” for police reforms and racial justice.

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Over the summer, rioters were often described as “assembling” despite causing tens of millions of dollars or more in property damage. The protests often led to riots that included arson, looting and shootings in Democratic-led cities across America.

Do you remember this video? Notice the bar says “Fiery But Mostly Peaceful Protests…”

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany called out many in the media who refused to acknowledge the difference between protestors and rioters. She called out CNN’s Chris Cuomo for asking how protests are “supposed to be polite and peaceful.” She encouraged all journalists to reread the First Amendment that gives everyone the right to “peacefully” protest.

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The Hypocrisy Is Glaring

One of the tragedies of the Capitol Hill coverage on Wednesday and Thursday morning was the complete change in tone and coverage of the riot in contrast to those of summer. Instead of “assembling,” the media declared that what people did was not dissent or protest. It was an act of terrorism by a mob.

On the Tonight Show that aired early Thursday morning, MSNBC left-wing journalist Katy Tur blamed conservatives for what happened on Capitol Hill. She said strong voices in the conservative movement were responsible for sowing distrust in government, education, and making up facts for decades. Tur demonstrated her lack of understanding of the conservative movement’s positions on what best ensures liberty, education, and public safety.

To be clear: All rioting is wrong. No one should fear the destruction of their property or the loss of life. However, justifying one form of rioting while condemning another is pure hypocrisy and a double standard.

Is it any wonder the public has lost faith in the media over the last decade?

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Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst

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