What do you do when you want someone to think they’re getting a different product or service (even though it’s the same thing)? You rebrand it. For mainstream media, it’s calling something a fact-check. And it’s increasingly used to pretend their lies are still true.
That’s exactly what PolitiFact did in its effort to compare the (many, many, many) Black Lives Matter riots with the recent Capitol riot. Just for context, PolitiFact was created by the Tampa Bay Times (see another one of my takedowns of TBT’s blatant #fakenews piece about Planned Parenthood). TBT and PolitiFact are owned by the leftist Poynter Institute which is responsible for Facebook’s bogus “fact-checking” regime. Ahhh, clarity.
The recent and horrific storming of the Capitol by a crazed handful of pro-Trump supporters cannot be justified or revised. Funny how a few rioters somehow define all Trump supporters, but thousands of BLM rioters in cities thrown into chaos don’t define a movement. The Capitol breech was a despicable act of violence that directly led to the deaths of two people: U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick who was fatally injured by the mob and rioter Ashli Babbitt who was shot by police inside the building. (Many articles are claiming five deaths, but there are no details as to the cause of the other three reported deaths.) All involved in the attack should be arrested and prosecuted.
As a Christian, I abhor violence, and I reject it as a means to achieve a political end.
Yet so many seem to suffer amnesia of the anarchy that has gripped our nation for the past six years under the banner of #BlackLivesMatter. Since its emergence in 2014 (and no better handled under the Obama/Biden administration), we’ve heard nothing but justifications, praises and denials from mainstream media about the massive destruction caused in the name of racial equality.
Funny. I don’t feel any more equal.
PolitiFact immediately suggests the alleged difference in responses was…drum roll, please…racism. “And there is no escaping that the people the police faced looked different in the two situations,” those hard-working fact-checkers proclaim. Well, of course!
In an act of leftwing delusion, PolitiFact outfit paints an innocent picture of the Black Lives Matter chaos in DC during the summer. PolitiFact only refers to BLM activists as “protesters” and “demonstrators.” They certainly didn’t extend the same graciousness to Trump supporters who were referred to as “rioters” eleven times. Biden is quoted as calling them a “mob of thugs”, a description he never once gave to the thousands of BLM rioters across the country that left cities in smoldering ruins this past summer. Perhaps he missed all the unbiased news coverage while tucked away in his basement.
This is the only statement PolitiFact issued in regard to BLM rioters’ actions: “Tensions flared when some protesters stopped at the White House, pushing down metal barriers that separated them from law enforcement before the march continued on through the city.” #Fakenews.
The rest of the BLM description was filled with details about the (implied) excessive local and federal police response, detailing the numbers and the type of anti-riot equipment without providing any context of why it was necessary. PolitiFact summed up the BLM DC riots this way: “The crackdown was aggressive, but no protesters or police died in the District.”
Oh, ok. Shouldn’t a fact-check include all the relevant facts? How about the widespread violence, the arson (including the fire set in the basement of the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church), the looting and destruction of businesses, vandalism of federal monuments, “demonstrators” assaulting law enforcement officers, and over 60 Secret Service officers injured?
Nationwide, more than 700 law enforcement officers were injured in BLM “peaceful protests” across the country following George Floyd’s tragic death. Some were killed like retired police captain David Dorn whose black life didn’t seem to matter to the movement. Hundreds of stores were looted from Santa Monica to Chicago to New York City. The Insurance information Institute labeled the riots a “multi-city catastrophe event” and “the costliest civil disorder in history.” Axios reported that the massive damage resulting from “mostly peaceful” BLM protests exceeded $2 billion.
Perhaps that explains a heavy police presence.
Then, as if someone were submitting a paper for a high school creative writing class, PolitiFact strangely switches gears to provide vibrant details about Trump supporters’ struggles against the police: “But as soon as one person decided to press on, the momentum swelled. The marchers and officers struggled over control of the barricade. The weight of the crowd soon sent officers sprawling backwards.” The article then proceeds, by timestamp, to detail the play-by-play of the (inexplicably, at least for now) easy and violent breech of the Capitol building.
Here’s a reality check.
Cities like Portland and Minneapolis look like war zones. It’s okay; it’s social justice. I’m amused at how a Vox writer accurately (though unintentionally) exemplified the Left’s hypocrisy in two different articles. The first, about Black Lives Matter, is entitled: “Riots are destructive, dangerous, and scary but can lead to serious social reforms.” The subtitle continued: “To prevent more violent uprisings and protests, we need to take their causes seriously.” His take on the pro-Trump Capitol riot, however, had a slightly different tone, as he entitled it: “Every person who forced their way into the Capitol should be arrested.” The subtitle was even more subtle: “Lock them all up.”
Ryan Bomberger is the Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of The Radiance Foundation. He is happily married to his best friend, Bethany, who is the Executive Director of Radiance. They are adoptive parents with four awesome kiddos. Ryan is an Emmy Award-winning creative professional, factivist, international public speaker and author of NOT EQUAL: CIVIL RIGHTS GONE WRONG. He loves illuminating that every human life has purpose.
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