You can sort of imagine how this conversation went:
Editor: “someone needs to write something about the Milo thing just so they can’t accuse us of not covering this stuff.”
Editor: “Anyone? Christopher Mele–what about you? You’re the low man on the totem pole!”
Christopher: “Ugh. Fine. But I’m going to make the story about whatever Trump does, otherwise no one will read it.”
Editor: “Whatever. Just write something.”
Here’s the headline and picture:
Granted, the speech never happened, so the Times decides to lead with a stock photo of Milo speaking “last week.” Isn’t he ridiculous looking? To it’s credit, the Times does point out that “demonstrators set fires and threw objects,” but they also started punching people. Which is now their thing.
The important thing is that Trump was tweeting something Crrrrrazy!
Here’s the next picture the Times decides to run:
Yes, it’s true, the riot didn’t start until after it got dark. Good point.
Finally, at the very bottom of the story, the Times gives the visual only the most loyal readers are fit to see:
From that distance, I think I can make out what appears to be a small cooking fire. S’mores probably. Stupid, violent and intolerant Milo. Don’t you know a campfire when you see one?
Oh wait. According to the university, not just “a high-intensity light” fire:
Fires that were deliberately set, one outside the campus Amazon outlet; Molotov cocktails that caused generator-powered spotlights to catch fire; commercial-grade fireworks thrown at police officers; barricades pushed into windows and skirmishes within the crowd were among the evening’s violent acts.
The masked agitators came to campus eastbound on Bancroft Way, and fire damage and other destruction to the Stiles Hall construction site, where a new residence hall is planned, was reported. The group entered campus and immediately began throwing rocks at officers. . .
Agitators also attacked some members of the crowd who were rescued by police. UCPD reported no major injuries and about a half dozen minor injuries. Mutual aid officers from the city of Oakland and from Alameda County arrived at Berkeley around 7:45 p.m. to assist UCPD and Berkeley city police.
Real live people in masks beating other people with poles, bats and pepper spray, attacking random cars, and setting fire to people’s stuff:
Remind me again–who’s got an issue with violence, intolerance and hatred?
To clarify, I don’t think these antifa fascists are representative of the broader coalition (although when people start debating whether it’s OK to punch someone for his political views, you begin to wonder).
If, however, you’re the type (like the New York Times) to hide the women and children because Pepe the Frog, then you should be terrified. For all the digital ink spilled about how Trump represents and emboldens an intolerant, angry and violent constituency, it’s not actually his constituency that’s perpetrating all, most, or even much, of the intolerance, anger and violence. There is quite plainly a dominant and powerful majority that is intimidating a scorned minority, but that dynamic rather obviously flows Left–>Right, particularly at a place like Berkeley. I see that as problematic (albeit, not hide the women and children problematic), but I’m not the one calling for a revolution against tyranny. If that’s you, then you’re probably the tyrant.]