Brent Bozell

When protesters are left-wing, how it changes. Look at the Arizona coverage. On the same network on April 24, ABC reporter Mike von Fremd was spinning wildly: "Riot police were called in to try and control demonstrators protesting outside the capital. Most were peaceful. A handful threw bottles at police and were arrested."

This spin line -- that rioting protesters were "mostly peaceful" -- was repeated by The New York Times and CNN (who called them "largely peaceful"). The Times made sure its photo choices radiated sympathy for the protesters. On Saturday, they stood enveloped in a huge American flag. On Sunday, they were holding a sober candlelight vigil. There were no photos of a cop getting hit in the head with a bottle. ABC and NBC noted the protests, but mentioned neither the violence, nor the "mostly peaceful" spin.

A leftist protester of the World Bank was also arrested in Washington on April 24 for felony assault on a policeman, one of eight arrests. No one heard about that violence. Media liberals may dismiss the notion of violence by insisting that policemen haven't been hospitalized. But leftist protests, in the architecture of their organizing principles, rely on making days miserable for police, forcing arrests for disturbing the peace; on forcibly blocking traffic, and then going limp and forcing officers carry them to jail. In the interest of drawing media attention, they often plan on violence against policemen and property. They must sneer at conservative protests as placid garden parties by comparison.

And the tea party protesters are the "ugly," "violent" ones.

A Washington Post article glorifying this last weekend's leftist jog in our nation's capital as a "run on the bank" to "destroy capitalism" offered a telling line. One protester described the expected behavior for their "convergence space" before protest activities, warning, "Don't be a jackass in the neighborhood. Save that for downtown." The sick joke in that line is that protesters can be as aggressive and offensive anywhere they want, and they can count on their media sympathizers to romanticize their struggle against whatever power structure that has failed to bow to their utopian wishes.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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