When is a Riot Not A Riot? When AP Says So

 In opinion, Politics

A few days before the Wauwatosa riots, the AP (Associated Press) released new “guidance” for how to report on riots…er…”unrest.” In effect, it asked journalists for the mainstream media to suppress the truth.

Not riots: “unrest,” according to the AP.

The AP stylebook is followed by most of the mainstream media  – it tells the media when and how to capitalize someone’s name or how to format their articles (we don’t follow it, by the way).

“Focusing on rioting and property destruction rather than underlying grievance has been used in the past to stigmatize broad swaths of people protesting against lynching, police brutality or for racial justice, going back to the urban uprisings of the 1960s.” AP stylebook

Huh? Whatever happened to the real stories, the real people? Not a fairy tale world where everything is fake.

But…but…these riots really ARE “uncontrolled chaos” and “pandemonium.” Businesses have been burned down, fireworks and Molotov cockatils thrown, police injured. This is ridiculous.

The New York Post took AP to task:

“And never mind that increasing evidence suggests most violence can be pinned not on real Black Lives Matter protesters (radical though their agenda may be), but on mostly white Antifa provocateurs.

Many Americans are outraged at what they know of the George Floyd and Breonna Taylor cases, among others. But far too many have used the chance to wreak destruction — in some cases, for months on end. Such opportunists aren’t “protesting” any “underlying grievance.”

AP suggests replacing “riots” with “milder” terms such as “unrest.” Give us a break.

Property destruction has a human toll. The Insurance Information Institute says the riots after Floyd’s death have done well over $1 billion in damage. The unprecedented national destruction may lead to insurers excluding coverage for riot damage in the future — not that plenty of innocent small businesses aren’t already finding their policies badly insufficient.

This destruction hits minorities hardest. People who’ve spent years toiling to build a business have had it all lost in a night.”

It’s pretty safe to say that the Associated Press and their “stylebook”can be ignored at this point. What has been happening across the nation is NOT “protesting.” It’s NOT “Demonstrating.” It’s rioting and looting, out of control violence, plain and simple. The AP should be ashamed of itself.

Featured photo: screenshot of Portland riot @MrAndyNgo

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