Not since the fading days of the Occupy Wall Street movement have we seen the media take such pains to portray a protest movement as “mostly peaceful.” The first few paragraphs of this Fox News report on the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict make for some mighty weird reading:
Communities do not brace for “demonstrations, and possibly even dissent.” Dissent is not what police forces coast to coast have gone on high alert for. You don’t have to hijack a train or smash windows to express “dissent.”
The West Coast demonstrators marched beneath lingering sunshine that had already yielded to twilight and nightfall? In other words, they marched in the dark. Did someone at Fox let their middle-school drama student write this article for extra credit?
Here’s what actually went on in Oakland overnight. The mostly peaceful protesters did a considerable amount of property damage, and their “dissent” included spray-painting “Kill Pigs” on cop cars.