[Ed. – It’s right to distinguish between legitimate protesters and rioters. But it’s defamation to tar peaceful protesters with the disgusting behavior of looters and cynical outside agitators, by pretending that obvious riots are “protests.”]
NBC is prohibiting reporters from using the word “riot” in its coverage of violent outbursts in Minnesota that have occurred in response to the killing of George Floyd.
“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,” NBC host Craig Melvin wrote on Twitter Thursday.
Floyd’s death sparked an outpouring of grief, and led to riots and looting in Minneapolis Wednesday night.