News Analysis Jan 7, 2021 6:40 AM EST

HYPOCRISY: Left-wing media suddenly cares about riots and attacks on federal buildings after covering for Antifa all year

When media agrees with protestors, no amount of fiery flames can dissuade them from their belief that they are peaceful. When they don't agree, protestors are labeled as seditious traitors.

HYPOCRISY: Left-wing media suddenly cares about riots and attacks on federal buildings after covering for Antifa all year
Libby Emmons Brooklyn, NY
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The Capitol in Washington, DC, was stormed by protestors on Wednesday. And no, those protestors who took entered the Capitol unlawfully, entered the Senate chamber, took the House floor, and occupied legislative offices were not "mostly peaceful."

Neither were the protestors who set fires in Washington, DC in during the summer of outrage after 10 weeks of COVID-inspired lockdown and George Floyd's death.

The riots and protests that rocked the nation in the wake of George Floyd's May 25 death in police custody in Minneapolis, more than two months into the coronavirus pandemic, will cost nearly $2 billion in insurance claims.

The New York Times, ever the arbiter of all the news that's fit to print, betrayed its own blatant level of hypocrisy in giving a pass to "peaceful protestors with 'room for rage'" while identifying Wednesday's contingent of protestors as a "mob" on a "rampage."

BLM also set fire to the historic St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, before vandalizing it and attempting to take over its grounds. No one was particularly concerned with the church until Trump stood before it and made a speech while holding a bible.

Antifa was not peaceful when its members teamed with BLM for over 100 nights of rioting in Portland, Ore., when they repeatedly set fire to the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse.

Protestors opposing the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court took the Capitol in 2018, and instead of being called terrorists, they were basically lauded as stunning and brave.

Actress Amy Schumer was one of those who occupied the Capitol to disrupt the peaceful and lawful appointment of a Supreme Court Justice, based entirely on rumours and supposition that he may have behaved inappropriately when he was in high school. No one called her a terrorist though.

The Women's March were all in then, too. Now, not so much.

As part of the protests against the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice, the protestors occupied Sen. Chuck Grassley's office. Media pretty much loved it.

CNN's Jake Tapper derided the protestors on Wednesday, but it was only a few short months ago. In June, he was super on board with the "peaceful protestors" burning, looting, and vandalizing American cities.

On Wednesday, protestors made a mess in Senate offices.

In June, a Seattle man and self-proclaimed "warlord" evicted the police from their precinct, decided he and his cadre of armed militants were the police, and vandalized the building.

Journalists who loved the protestors in times past now had no time for those who were protesting to make their political views plain.

The riots that led to widespread arson and destruction in Kenosha, Wisc., were called "fiery but mostly peaceful," which isn't a phrase that actually makes any sense when it comes to the willful of arson of businesses and structures.

Chris Cuomo derided anyone who thought protests were supposed to be peaceful back during the summer of outrage, when big media shilled for Antifa and BLM like it was their righteous job.

On Wednesday night, he changed his tune, calling protest "sedition."

MSNBC was all in on the riots. While standing before a burning building, Ali Velshi wanted to make sure viewers knew that it was "...mostly a protest," and "not generally speaking unruly." The Wednesday rally in Washington, DC, that drews thousands of people, a few hundred of which splintered off and caused mayhem, however, was a "mob," and Velshi instructed journalists not to "sugar coat" their language or "normalize" it. He was guilty of both things while cities burned.

Vox made their case plain as well: some riots are good, other ones are bad, and its the cause, not the action, that matters.

The message is clear. When media agrees with the protestors, no amount of fiery flames and destruction can dissuade them from their belief that they are peaceful. When protestors with whom they do not agree use equal or, as was the case, lesser tactics, they are seditious traitors.

Perhaps these folks ought to check their privilege and leave their bias at the door.

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