If there was a reality show that pitted the editors of all the top left wing news outlets against each other to see who could come up with the most offensive and outrageous headlines to describe a a hot topic in American politics, no one would watch it because they have already seen it in Baltimore this week.
Here are some of the greatest hits:
Daily Kos Headline: “The Dominant White Response to Baltimore Shows Why Black Residents Are Justified In Their Anger”
I’m not going to link the articles because honestly every click they receive brings the world closer to a total intellectual meltdown but trust me, it’s there, Google it if you want. There were several wildly unsubstantiated claims in the article most notably when the author referred to the death of Freddie Gray as a “lynching”. That is wrong for several reasons, for starters, because the public doesn’t know the details of how Gray died yet. The story also accepts the premise that the rioters have no choice but to riot. That’s the common theme throughout all these misguided stories, there is nothing to do except burn the city down. And if you disagree, you’re clearly a racist.
Salon Headline: Baltimore’s Violent Protestors Are Right: Smashing Police Cars Is A Legitimate Political Strategy
I’m not kidding. This is a real headline. At first, I was convinced this had to be a provocative title intended to drive people to the story, also known as “click bait”. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The same website that thought it was a cool idea to post an article on Veteran’s Day saying that veterans don’t deserve respect, decided to run a story that says attacking cops is a rational solution to a problem. The article closes by saying that responding violently to something in society you deem unfair, is less harmful than responding peacefully and legally. Go figure.
MSNBC: White Supremacy Influence Doesn’t Require Having A White Person Involved
You had to know that MSNBC was going to get into the action regarding reckless journalism on race relations in America. Not only did this MSNBC panelist, a community organizer, say that white people don’t have to be around for white supremacy to occur, what she said after that is arguably more irresponsible. “With an institution like American policing that I believe is founded on anti-blackness, on slave patrols, there are things so institutionally ingrained in terms of how we police communities that are anti-black.” That pretty much sums it up. The police are inherently racist and founded on anti-blackness. How can anyone who believes that cops are racist before an incident even occurs be expected to rationally cover a situation like the one in Baltimore? That’s a new low even for MSNBC.
The most perplexing theme to these ridiculous reports from these fringe sites is their inability to understand why someone would possibly be upset watching rioters burn down businesses, try to kill cops with rocks, and essentially shut down a city because they have a gripe with society. Say what you want about the fairness of right wing outlets, you simply will not find mainstream conservative publications disrespecting the severity of lynchings and cavalierly calling for violent outbursts against the police like you find on the left. Condemning the rioters doesn’t mean you don’t understand their grievances. Everyone can comprehend the idea that African-Americans feel oppressed in a society with an incarceration rate as high as ours and several instances of over-aggressive policing. There are a lot of legitimate reasons for African-Americans to feel alienated but that doesn’t have to automatically be associated with the belief that endangering and possibly killing others is a rational response.
It’s a tight race and it’s up for the readers at home to decide who gets to go home with the sloppiest journalism ever award. If these candidates have left you wanting more, here are some more more honorable mentions.
The Atlantic: “When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con. And none of this can mean that rioting or violence is “correct” or “wise,” any more than a forest fire can be “correct” or “wise.” Wisdom isn’t the point tonight. Disrespect is. In this case, disrespect for the hollow law and failed order that so regularly disrespects the community.”
CNN, blaming veterans for the violence: ” “A lot of these young people, and I love our nation’s veterans, but some of them are coming back from war and they are ready to do battle.”
Tweet from New Republic Contributor: “I don’t condone this, but we need to listen to what these children in Baltimore are communicating. Make no mistake, this is communication.”