MSNBC reporter Ali Veshi did his best Leslie Nielsen impersonation, assuring viewers that “protests” in Minneapolis have not become “unruly” … all while standing in front of a building burning.
‘Nothing to see here. Please disperse,’ as Nielsen famously said in the movie The Naked Gun.
Anybody with a working set of eyes has seen the city overrun by violence and looting over this past week. But Veshi did his best to paint a different picture.
“I want to be clear on how I characterize this,” Velshi said. “This is mostly a protest. It is not, generally speaking, unruly but fires have been started and this crowd is relishing that.”
You don’t say …
This is Ali VelshI seconds ago on Brian Williams's show, standing in front of a burning Minneapolis building and saying what you hear him say here, which might be the stupidest thing ever said on American television (and that includes the entirety of Rachel Maddow's career.) pic.twitter.com/qU6Xn7Aw2D
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) May 29, 2020
We’d like to reiterate that MSNBC views these clear-cut examples of rioting in Minneapolis as nothing more than peaceful protests.
And darn it, they’re going to report it as such even as buildings are being torched right before their viewers’ eyes.
MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin laid out that incredibly flawed logic on Thursday when he tweeted the network’s guidance on how to address the events in Minneapolis.
“This will guide our reporting in MN,” he wrote. “‘While the situation on the ground in Minneapolis is fluid, and there has been violence, it is most accurate at this time to describe what is happening there as ‘protests’–not riots.’”
Huh. I wonder if a Trump rally involved looting, arson, and violence, would abide by the same guidance?
This will guide our reporting in MN. “While the situation on the ground in Minneapolis is fluid, and there has been violence, it is most accurate at this time to describe what is happening there as "protests"–not riots.”
— Craig Melvin (@craigmelvin) May 28, 2020
MSNBC Dismisses Critics as Racist
Fox News personality Tucker Carlson recently slammed the media for treating those burning down the city of Minneapolis with kid gloves.
MSNBC contributor Eddie Glaude dismissed the violence saying it is “human beings’ natural inclination when they feel wronged, when they feel put upon, when they’re living under oppressed conditions, is to lash out.”
“This is the history of the modern West and the history of the world in some ways,” he continued. “Part of what we have to do is try to understand the context that led to what happened.”
Carlson responded that Glaude “has no interest in explaining how exactly racism makes people loot Target.”
“‘It just does, okay? And if you disagree with the premise, you’re a racist yourself and shut up,’” he mocked.
“There’s a context of setting fire to McDonald’s, says Professor Glaude,” Carlson added. “It’s interesting.”
Tucker went on to suggest the riots are actually a form of tyranny.
“The indiscriminate use of violence by mobs is a threat to every American of all colors and backgrounds and political beliefs,” he explained.
“Democracy cannot exist when people are rioting. Rioting is a form of tyranny, where the strong and the violent oppress the weak and the unarmed. It is oppression.”
But nobody will ever view it as such as long as the media pretends what we’re watching are simply “protests.”
This article originally appeared at The Mental Recession and was republished with permission.
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