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HERE ARE 31 TIMES THE MEDIA PUSHED NARRATIVES DOWNPLAYING RIOTS AND LOOTING AFTER GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH:

Dozens of news outlets published content that either justified or explained away rioting and looting in the initial weeks of unrest following the police custody death of George Floyd in late May, a independent review found. While President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have both condemned rioting and looting, major news outlets such as CNN and MSNBC have appeared to downplay the unrest that has gripped American cities in the months following Floyd’s death, in one instance describing a scene as “mostly peaceful” as fires raged in the background. But as the violence broke out in American cities in late May and June, dozens of news outlets provided a platform for commentators, professors and activists who not only acknowledged that rioting and looting were taking place, but sought to either justify the violence as a valid protesting technique or as a form of righteous rebellion against an unjust system.

Here are 31 articles, opinion pieces, interviews and news segments published in the media in the first three weeks following Floyd’s death that pushed narratives that either justified or explained away the rioting and looting as it started to break out in American cities.

Narrative 1: Rioting is patriotic, and it works
A common narrative pushed in the media as violence broke out across the United States in late May was that rioting is a quintessentially American activity with a storied history of bringing about positive change. Rolling Stone was among the first outlets to push the message on May 29 when it republished a story originally published in 2014 during the Ferguson riots titled “9 Historical Triumphs to Make You Rethink Property Destruction.”

The “historical pedigree of property destruction as a tactic of resistance is long and frequently effective.” argued the article, which was co-authored by Jose Martin, a known alias of a Washington, D.C. Antifa leader who currently faces multiple felony charges in connection to a mob attack against two Marines in 2018. Like many of the articles that pushed this narrative, the Rolling Stone story cited the 1773 Boston Tea Party as proof of the positive change rioting can bring about.

“Workers had produced that tea, capitalists had risked investment on it, and it was not the colonists’ to destroy, but they said ‘fuck property rights’ and did it anyway,” the Rolling Stone article states. “Today’s conservatives don’t seem bothered by this inconvenient history, though, because think of the dress-up opportunities!” Rolling Stone editors added a note to the story when it was republished that stated: “Protests erupted in Minneapolis, and have since spread across the country. Once again, some are criticizing the destruction of property as somehow equal — or worse — than the destruction of lives.”

On May 31, as footage rolled of looters pillaging a store in Los Angeles, CNN host Don Lemon reminded viewers that the United States was started because of the Boston Tea Party rioters. “So do not get it twisted and think this is something that has never happened before and this is so terrible and these savages and all of that,” Lemon said. “This is how this country was started.” “Our country was started because, the Boston tea party. Rioting. So do not get it twisted and think this is something that has never happened before and this is so terrible and these savages and all of that. This is how this country was started”

Other news articles, opinion pieces and interviews published in the weeks following Floyd’s death that suggested rioting was either effective, patriotic or both include:

Narrative 2: Rioting and looting are valid protesting tactics against police brutality.


Many articles that addressed rioting in the aftermath of Floyd’s referenced Martin Luther King Jr’s famous 1967 speech in which the civil rights icon said, “a riot is the language of the unheard.” King in that same speech also called rioting “socially destructive and self-defeating” and pledged to “continue to condemn riots, and continue to say to my brothers and sisters that this is not the way.”

Arwa Mahdawi
, a columnist with The Guardian, used King’s quote to argue in a piece titled, “If violence isn’t the way to end racism in America, then what is?” that suggested violence was the only remaining option on the table to end police brutality in America. “[King’s] speech was 53 years ago and America still isn’t listening,” Mahdawi wrote. “The uncomfortable truth is that sometimes, violence is the only answer left. We like to pretend otherwise, which is why civil rights movements are often conveniently sanitized.”

Chicago Tribune columnist and editorial board member Steve Chapman also questioned whether black people can affect change without resorting to violence in a piece titled, “If riots are not the answer, what is?” “Impossible to justify, yes,” Chapman said of the riots in late May. “Impossible to understand? Not at all. Police have participated in a quiet riot against black people for generations.” “I find the destruction tragic, unnecessary and counterproductive,” Chapman wrote.

“But if I were a black person living in Minneapolis, I might feel enough anger and despair to take part.” “Rioting may not bring about the changes that would establish genuine equality for black Americans. But neither has anything else,” he concluded. Other articles that suggested that rioting and looting were valid protesting techniques include:

Narrative 3: These aren’t violent riots. It’s an uprising.


A third narrative that arose in the days and weeks following Floyd’s death came in the form of articles that suggested it’s incorrect to describe violent scenes of rioting and looting as such. Other articles and commentary suggested that destroying property isn’t actually an act of violence. Teen Vogue columnist Jenn M. Jackson said the terms “rioters” and “looters” were negative terms used to ‘delegitimize” movements in a June 11 piece titled, “Don’t Let Them Bad-Mouth Rebellion or Riots: How We Name Movements Matters.” “These words matter,” Jackson wrote.

“The negative associations of these terms have an impact on how we think about these demonstrations, just as the terms like ‘uprising’ and ‘rebellion’ offer ways to think about these protests as good trouble.” “When marginalized people respond to injustice, it is the duty of those in power to sit down, be quiet, and listen to what they have to say without dictating the terms of whose language is acceptable,” Jackson concluded. “Whether that expression comes in the form of peacefulness, anger, rage, or violence, it’s all justified. It’s time to focus on the message instead of the medium.”

TIME published an article on June 8 titled, “‘A War of Words.’ Why Describing the George Floyd Protests as ‘Riots’ Is So Loaded,” that said the word riot “connotes meaningless violence… But it also has a racial dimension in the U.S., as a term that’s long been used (by white people) to drum up the image of black people wreaking senseless chaos in cities.”

The article quoted multiple college professors who proposed other terms such as “uprising” and “rebellion” to describe the early George Floyd protests. Harvard associate professor Elizabeth Hinton told TIME that she prefer the term “uprising” because it “really captures the fact that the violence that emerges during these incidents isn’t meaningless, that it is a political expression, and it is communicating a certain set of demands.”

University of California, Berkeley School of Law professor John A. Powell, who according to TIME does not capitalize his name because it’s a slave name, said he prefers the term “demonstration” to the term “riot.” “Riot suggests pandemonium,” powell said. “What’s happening across the country and across the world is a call for justice, a call for police accountability, for the recognition that black lives matter too … Rioting detracts from all of that.”

Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones said on June 2 on CBS News that while it was “disturbing” to see property destruction, “destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence.” “To use the same language to describe those two things is not moral,” Hannah-Jones said.

Other articles that suggested that it was wrong to describe scenes of rioting as such, or that property damage isn’t violence, include:

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Walgreens believes that U.S. demand for flu, pneumonia and other immunizations could increase 30-50% year over year (YoY). On Thursday, Walgreens and WPP debuted a flu shot video spot earlier than usual—the drug store usually doesn’t roll out any creative around flu shots until September.

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*DUH-POLL: AMERICANS ACROSS RACIAL LINES SOLIDLY AGAINST VIOLENT PROTEST, SUPPORT PEACEFUL PROTESTS:

  Americans across racial lines remain overwhelmingly opposed to violent protest to “improve the situation of black Americans” with 73% of respondents indicating it tends to “hurt” that cause, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday. The poll found a higher percentage of white Americans opposed violent protest (79%) than black Americans (59%). Both groups overwhelming agree that nonviolent protest helps blacks, with 78% of whites supporting it and 72% of blacks. Gallup based data on June 8-July 24 survey of U.S. adults. The polling company noted that “Since Gallup last polled on this subject in 1988, there have been meaningful increases in the percentages of Americans saying that nonviolent protest, violent protest and economic boycotts, in particular, can help. Opinions on the effectiveness of legal action are little changed.”

*HOLY CRAP- MORE THAN HALF OF SAN FRANCISCO STOREFRONTS CLOSED:

  More than half of all storefronts in San Francisco are no longer in business , according to the survey by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “The survey showed only 46 percent of storefront businesses in San Francisco that were open at the beginning of the pandemic are still operating,” said Jay Cheng, spokesman of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. That means 1,200 stores are still open, while about 1,300 have closed, Cheng said. “There’s a lot of reasons for that. If you’re a fitness studio, you can’t open because of the pandemic. If you’re a retail space, you could open, but you might have decided that there isn’t enough foot traffic or enough customer base to make that worthwhile to reopen. So it’s become a very difficult situation,” Cheng said. “The Chamber can say whatever it wants but the crime, filth, homeless, needles, fear are the central reasons,” said one former resident prefer not to identify herself. “Tell the name of someone who wants to shop when people are defecating in the street in broad daylight and the police do nothing!”

*INSIDE THE FINAL DAYS OF ROBIN WILLIAMS:

Robin Williams’ self-inflicted death on Aug. 11, 2014, at the age of 63 shocked the world, not only because few knew that the acclaimed actor had been suffering in any way, but because despite his history of substance-abuse problems, his effusive, uninhibited, hyperactive spirit was so joyous and infectious that it simply didn’t gibe with suicide. With no concrete explanation for why he’d taken his own life, the media filled in the gaps with wild speculation about depression, drugs, and financial woes. None of those guesses, however, did anything to alleviate the sheer mystery of it all. It was simply incomprehensible—to fans, friends and family. And, as Robin’s Wish makes clear, it also didn’t make sense to Williams himself.

Tylor Norwood’s documentary (premiering Sept. 1 on VOD) is an intimate look at the final days of the Hollywood star, whose success as both a comedian and a dramatic actor made him one of his era’s most beloved headliners. Considering that focus, it’s far from a comprehensive non-fiction biopic; those looking for copious movie clips, or a chronological timeline of his professional and personal ups and downs, will have to look elsewhere. Yet while that narrow perspective does much to hamper its impact, it nonetheless achieves its limited primary goal: bringing to light the fact that, rather than a man who killed himself simply out of unhappiness or addiction, Williams was a victim of a little-known condition that left him mentally and physically compromised, unsure of himself, and terrifyingly adrift.


*ELVIS PRESLEY’S GRACELAND MANSION DEFACED WITH BLM SLOGANS, “EAT THE RICH”:

Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion was defaced, Tuesday night, with graffiti reading “Black Lives Matter,” “Defund MPD” — referring to the Memphis Police Department — and “Eat the Rich,” leaving the historic home with around $150,000 in damage. The mansion, which appears on the National Register of Historic Places, is now a museum dedicated to the life of Elvis Presley, who built the home and owned until he died in 1977. Elvis’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, is now the owner and caretaker of the mansion, which recently underwent an extensive renovation. Memphis, Tennessee, where Graceland is located, like many major cities, has seen its share of unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s death while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department and also like many major cities, Memphis has experienced a dramatic rise in crime this summer.

According to USA Today, Memphis is one of the primary targets of Operation Legend, which seeks to bolster urban police departments with specialty agents of the federal government — agents of the FBI, the DEA, and the ATF. Memphis received a deployment of 40 federal agents back in July, in Operation Legend’s second wave. The unrest turned destructive this week when rioters targeted Graceland and the adjoining Levitt Stadium, where Elvis Presley gave his first paid concert. “The walls outside of Graceland in Memphis, Tenn., were tagged with graffiti by vandals on Sunday, with phrases like ‘BLM’ and ‘No Justice No Peace,’” Fox News reported Wednesday. “Fox 13 reporter Shelia O’Connor tweeted out photographs of the damaged walls on Tuesday morning, which included messages about the death of Breonna Taylor, who was killed in Louisville while police were serving a no-knock warrant on her home.”

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*** Anti-police rioters in Seattle attempted to trap officers inside a precinct by sealing the door with cement and setting the building on fire, KTTH reported. Unrest in Seattle has been on going since late May, when George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis Police Department officers, but it may have been further inflamed by the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Video of the Blake shooting went viral over the weekend.

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A lawyer representing a woman who claimed that former NFL star Warren Sapp plowed into her during a Super Bowl party for ESPN has been issued an order to pay Sapp’s legal fees. “This was a bulls–t case!” Sapp said.  “They tried to extort me to payout on some s–t I didn’t do!” “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” actress Paula Trickey sued Sapp, claiming the player-turned-broadcaster ran through the crowded Arizona party in 2015 and struck her, causing injury. She was arrested that night for DUI. Football Hall of Famer Andre Reed initially signed an affidavit claiming he witnessed Sapp strike Trickey, but later recanted in a subsequent deposition, the filing said.

Sapp countered in court papers that he never attended the ESPN party and was across town being photographed and paid to appear at a NFL Alumni party with rapper Pitbull. On Aug. 3, Judge David Haimes ruled that Trickey’s lawyer John Phillips “failed to provide any evidence whatsoever to support” the case and should’ve withdrawn the claims. The court ordered him to pay a “reasonable attorney’s fee” for Sapp. We are told the fees could be up to $100,000, but ultimately the court will decide on what’s reasonable.

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