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Media Spent Months Downplaying Violent BLM, Antifa Riots. With The Capitol Riot, They’ve Suddenly Changed Their Tune

Media Spent Months Downplaying Violent BLM, Antifa Riots. With The Capitol Riot, They’ve Suddenly Changed Their Tune

Throughout 2020, members of the media consistently downplayed, made excuses for and at times bolstered violent left-wing riots that shook America. The same media quickly and forcefully condemned Wednesday the Trump supporters who descended on and stormed the U.S. Capitol, often using the term they had avoided for so long — rioting.

Riots hit America following the death of George Floyd in late May, with destruction targeting both big and small cities: New York, Washington, D.C., Kenosha, Portland and more.

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Despite videos showing the riots, the media consistently downplayed them. As multiple buildings in Minneapolis burned to the ground behind him, MSNBC’s Ali Velshi declared the scene to be “not, generally speaking, unruly” in May.

“I want to be clear on how I characterize this,” Velshi said as he stood in front of a burning building. “This is mostly a protest. It is not, generally speaking, unruly, but fires have been started, and this crowd is relishing that.”

When supporters of President Donald Trump rioted Wednesday and broke into the Capitol, Velshi had a very different description, labeling the situation with a variety of strong words:

“Resists [sic] attempts to censor your language. Democracy depends on bearing witness & holding power to account,” he declared. Later, Velshi condemned journalists who didn’t use similar language and who tried to normalize the situation, despite him doing so in Minneapolis.

“Any journalist who sugar coats their language or normalizes what has happened today isn’t doing their job,” Velshi tweeted. “Our job is to bear witness & tell the truth: Trump is attempting a coup, and inciting violence.”

CNN, too, worked to downplay and justify rioting throughout 2020. In August, a CNN chyron boldly called the riots in Kenosha, which saw multiple buildings burn to the ground, as “fiery but mostly peaceful.”

CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez spoke to viewers with a gas mask around his neck and goggles on his head as a building burned in the background.

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CNN host Don Lemon appeared to back the riots for a time in 2020, saying in May that “this is how this country was started.”

“Our country was started because, the Boston Tea Party,” Lemon said. “Rioting. So do not get it twisted and think this is something that has never happened before and this is so terrible and these savages and all of that. This is how this country was started.”

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