Bill Maher is an uncommon liberal. Which is to say, he’s one that sometimes makes a heck of a lot of sense.
But he said what a lot of Americans have been thinking: that media has failed to sufficiently condemn the violence of the BLM riots.
Maher pointed out how media has seemed to downplay or justify the BLM riots, with even an article from NPR covering the book “In Defense of Looting.”
From Fox News:
“What about the property destruction issue?” Maher asked. He went on to assert that some defenders of looting justified the destruction because it wasn’t assault or murder, and that property was “replaceble.”
“I’m not down with this ‘property’s on the table’ as something that we can just take because things are not right. To me, that’s not the way to address our problems — by throwing a brick through the window.”
“But where is this massive destruction of property happening right now?” author Jessica Yellin, a former CNN correspondent, asked in an attempt to downplay the violence.
“Do you watch the news?” Maher replied.
“If you look at Portland, it’s two square blocks!” Yellin doubled down, calling other examples, like Kenosha, Wis., “moments of protest which we have throughout our history.”
No, it isn’t two square blocks. It’s multiple places in Portland. Not to mention elsewhere like Seattle, Chicago, Kenosha and Rochester. But this is the media line, if they don’t talk about it, it doesn’t exist.
Yellin isn’t just a random reporter, this is a former CNN White House correspondent who was described as one of D.C.’s most powerful women.
She then makes it even worse, saying isn’t all this really “part of protest?”
Maher pushed back, telling Yellin, “There is a view in the media — please, I know you’ve seen it — Don’t look at me like I’m making this up, that this is somehow a justifiable approach.”
“Well isn’t it part of protest?” Yellin asked.
“So you’re part of this. You believe this,” Maher told her. “I saw this guy at a Papa John’s franchise who was yelling through his broken glass, ‘You’re going to elect Trump and I’m just trying to feed my family!’ I don’t think his view is just like ‘C’est la vie! It’s just property!’”
Windows of businesses and residential buildings being smashed on University Avenue — which were not preemptively boarded up. This Papa John’s employee asks protesters, “Do you want Trump to be elected?” pic.twitter.com/IbSubGfGs6
— Dylan Brogan (@telldylan) August 26, 2020
She’s literally trying to term the violence “protest.” She later tried to call it a sideshow, which prompted a sharp retort from Maher, “It may be a sideshow unless it’s your business that got wiped out.”
Exactly. This is scary spin from media, completely lacking in all reality.
Not only have they downplayed the riots, even terming them “peaceful protests” or “mostly peaceful” even as the flames licked behind them in the shot, but they also have failed to condemn the evil lie that the BLM is propagating: that police are targeting black people to kill them. That dangerous and it prompts crazy things like the attempted assassination that we saw on Saturday night of two Los Angeles police officers. It’s also dangerous for black people because if they truly believe the lie, they will resist when in an interaction with the police and that will result in more problems and possibly more deaths.