Protestors protest for lots of reasons – against injustice, to give a voice to the voiceless, or to speak truth to power. But mobs riot and loot because they think they can get away with it — or possibly, as some news reports suggest, someone is paying them to create chaos. Or maybe it’s simply because they have a leftist celebrity or Biden staffer on hand to pay their bail.
The United States this summer has endured the most sustained episode of mob violence – looting, arson, organized property destruction, assault, even murder – in two generations. For weeks, these riots raged – burning buildings, shuttering businesses, and destroying neighborhoods. Yet the mainstream political media looked the other way. The media’s silence has been largely responsible for the mob’s staying power.
Most mainstream political journalists today are liberal Democrats before they are reporters. They do not serve the truth so much as the narrative. And the narrative this summer has been that the riots are justified and good. According to the narrative, the rioters are noble, progressive citizens rightly disgusted by police brutality and President Donald Trump. They’re like peaceful protesters, just a bit more passionate.
That’s why, even as cities burn and people died, the mainstream media called the riots “mostly peaceful.” That’s why they write books like “In Defense of Looting.” And that’s why they spent June, July and August obscuring the obvious political connections between the riots and the Democrat Party’s cynical 2020 campaign to create fear, chaos, division and insecurity.