Reporting from Minneapolis, MSNBC’s Ali Velshi described rioting over the tragic death of George Floyd as “not generally speaking unruly.” At the same time, a building burned behind him, and the chyron mentioned the destruction of a Minneapolis police station.
MSNBC reporter says “I want to be clear on how I characterize this. This is mostly a protest. It is not generally speaking unruly.”
As a building burns in the background…
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 29, 2020
While the vast majority of protesters have been peaceful, unrest is affecting daily life in parts of the Twin Cities. Five hundred members of the Minnesota National Guard arrived late Thursday to “protect life, preserve property and the right to peacefully demonstrate.”
We are here with the Minneapolis Fire Department ready to assist so they can safely do their mission. pic.twitter.com/FjsCJ5B8d0
— MN National Guard (@MNNationalGuard) May 29, 2020
Townhall’s Matt Vespa reports:
Craig Melvin tweeted, “This will guide our reporting in MN. “While the situation on the ground in Minneapolis is fluid, and there has been violence, it is most accurate at this time to describe what is happening there as ‘protests–not riots.’”
This will guide our reporting in MN. “While the situation on the ground in Minneapolis is fluid, and there has been violence, it is most accurate at this time to describe what is happening there as “protests”–not riots.”
— Craig Melvin (@craigmelvin) May 28, 2020
Craig, the National Guard is not deployed for protests. Let’s try and get a grip here. Our own Julio Rosas is on the ground in Minneapolis right now. He was near the police headquarters before it was overrun by rioters. He’s covered multiple protests, some with very hostile crowds, and he’s never seen anything like what he’s experiencing in Minneapolis.
This is the mainstream news media in 2020.