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Media Politics

CNN Normalizes Violence

Written by Joe Scudder

By presenting Antifa rioters as engaged in self-defense against “hate speech,” CNN normalizes violence.

Notably, CNN doesn’t lead with a story about Antifa fighting “Nazis.” Rather, they introduce Antifa with a young member who went and got arrested at Donald Trump’s inauguration. He didn’t “protest,” as that word is commonly defined. He covered his face and was arrested for inciting a riot. While he claims he didn’t commit violence, if true, he still collaborated. He deliberately hid his identity so that no one could tell who in the group committed arson and vandalized property. So, CNN normalizes violence in response to a presidential election!

Thus, Breitbart reports, “CNN Normalizes Antifa: Leftists ‘Seek Peace Through Violence’

In a feature story on Antifa protesters who physically assault those they disagree with, CNN lays out the narrative that the leftist protesters are driven to violence in an effort to achieve peace.

“On the morning of Donald Trump’s inauguration, Keval Bhatt hunted through a closet in his parents’ Virginia home for the darkest clothes he could find,” CNN reports. “The 19-year-old didn’t own much in black, the color he knew his fellow protesters would wear head to toe on the streets of Washington that day.”

“I thought, there’s a very good chance that I might get arrested, that my whole life could be radically altered in a negative way if I kept driving, and I was really close to turning around,” Bhatt told CNN. “But I think the rationale is that even if it did negatively affect my life, I had still contributed to this movement that was necessary. I was still making an effort to make other people’s lives better, even if it made my life worse, and once I realized that, I had no regrets.”

Bhatt, who was arrested, is used as an introduction to the people who identify as the Antifa movement, which CNN reports is not the same at the Democrats or other liberals who support them.

Read the entire Breitbart article.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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