How do you spell ‘civility’? At Vox, they spell it R-I-O-T

How do you spell ‘civility’? At Vox, they spell it R-I-O-T
Mexican flag-waving anti-Trump protesters outside the Trump rally in Costa Mesa, CA on 28 April. (Image: Screen grab of video from Patriotic Populist via YouTube)

When Washington Post defector Ezra Klein started up Vox in 2014, the website’s self-defined mission was to “explain the news” and “inform” readers. Presumably, that was in contrast to the M.O. at WaPO, which is to make the news and where — as with so many liberal news outlets — the end always justifies the means.

Whether Klein lived up to his own expectations is the stuff of another column. But for right now, suffice it to say that one of Vox’s editors, Emmet Rensin, has gone off message … not to mention the rails when it comes to presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

Here is Rensin’s advice to readers via Twitter:

Lest he be accused of fomenting anarchy, he clarifies his definition of riot elsewhere:

Sadly, that distinction hasn’t been so crystal clear to protesters at Trump rallies.

Then there’s this:

It’s interesting, though hardly surprising, that no one in the Obama administration has spoken out against this uncivilized behavior. Neither has the Democratic front-runner and presumptive nominee, who took time out yesterday to explain to voters why Trump is more dangerous even than ISIS.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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