Break a window, a door at congress and you are all “terrorists” who should be vilified … Destroy and burn down dozens of stores in Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle or more, and you’re a “hero” with rights. I think the real villains are the hypocritical news media.
Ray Hanania explores the biased media hypocrisy in how they covered differently the months-long Black Lives Matter protests take took place in the summer of 2020 and how they covered the single day protests by pro-Trump supporters at the U.S. Congress on Wednesday Jan. 6, 2021.
The White House. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania
This is what the biased news media did: they divided the BLM protests into two groups, the righteous protestors who they emphasized from those who engaged in violence which they condemned but also often excused. (When you are the victim of historic racism, some said, you can expect this kind of backlash … and, the violence was against buildings)
In the case of the Washington DC protests, they treated them as ONE GROUP denouncing them ALL as rioters and terrorists. The legitimate protestors and those who turned to crime.
No one held BLM responsible for the outrageous waves of violence and crime that took place last summer they way they blamed ALL of the DC protestors for the violence that took place on Wednesday.
The reason is politics. The media supports BLM and provided cover. The media hates Trump and lumped them all together.
The violence is disgusting. The racist hate driven slogans by both sides are wrong. But that’s not how it’s being treated.
That’s what the f-ing media doesn’t want you to be able to discuss and they will viciously attack anyone personally who says that!
This isn’t about Trump or Biden. It’s about the news media and their political, partisan, biased BS hypocrisy.
Ray Hanania is an award-winning columnist, author & former Chicago City Hall reporter (1977-1992). A veteran who served during the Vietnam War and the recipient of four SPJ Peter Lisagor Awards for column writing, Hanania writes weekly opinion columns on mainstream American & Chicagoland topics for the Southwest News-Herald, Des Plaines Valley News, the Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers, and Suburban Chicagoland.
Hanania also writes about Middle East issues for the Arab News, and The Arab Daily News criticizing government policies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A critic of mainstream news media bias, Hanania advocates for peace & justice for Israel & Palestine, & the empowerment of Arabs in America.
Hanania's columns are archived on his personal website at RayHanania.com. Hanania was named "Best Ethnic American Columnist" by the New America Media in November 2007, and is the 2009 recipient of the SPJ National Sigma Delta Chi Award for column writing.
Hanania is President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group which provides communications services to governments and private businesses, and hosts writing training workshops, and publishes books.