As noted at LU earlier, telling the truth is frowned upon by the Left when it doesn’t jibe with their liberal narrative. But sometimes that “philosophy” is carried to its illogical extreme.
Take the reaction of a HuffPost writer to an article at Vox on Sunday’s Unite the Right rally that dares to acknowledge that “a few left-wing “antifa” (short for ‘anti-fascist’) counterprotesters did engage in violence, throwing eggs and water bottles and shooting fireworks at police officers and some journalists who were covering the demonstrations.”
HuffPo’s Christopher Mathias took Jennifer Williams, the author of the Vox column, to task tweeting:
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) August 13, 2018
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Wait, let’s make sure we get this right. Reporting on events as they happened is bad and therefore to be avoided? Yes, I understand that according to the Left, Antifa are “anti-hate protesters” who are there to keep the peace. Never mind that that’s the job of the police, who, incidentally, Antifa views as the enemy.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo articulated what he perceives as the difference between Antifa and the white nationalists they came to oppose on Sunday by asserting that “all punches are not equal”:
In the eyes of the law, yes. But in the eyes of good and evil, here’s the argument: If you’re a punk who comes and starts trouble in a mask and hurt [sic] people, you’re not about any virtuous cause. You’re just somebody who’s going to be held to the standard of doing something wrong. But when someone comes to call out bigots and it gets hot, even physical, are they equally wrong as the bigot they are fighting? I argue no.
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) August 14, 2018
But by that same general line of reasoning, the police are above reproach. They sometimes dispatch justice in the form of violence, but it is in the line of duty.
But let’s not pretend that Antifa is on a par with the police. According to The Washington Post, some 40 white nationalists turned up for Sunday’s event. In contrast, there were thousands of counter-protesters. So when they saw that the rally had essentially imploded, did they leave, discerning that their “services” were no longer needed? No, they turned their blood lust on the police and members of the press. And for reporting this fact, a liberal writer for one rag is under assault by a liberal writer for another one.