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Despite the fact that there is an abundance of video evidence showing anarchists burning, looting, and beating people in the streets ostensibly in response to the death of George Floyd, one taxpayer-subsidized reporter working the White House beat apparently hasn’t seen it.
And frankly, that’s odd because there has been anarchy in Washington, D.C., where PBS Newshour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor is based.
On Monday, she faced no small amount of backlash for claiming on Twitter there was “no evidence” that any of the rioting resulting from Floyd’s death a week ago was the result of “anarchists.”
There certainly have been legitimate protests and demonstrations by Americans who expressed outrage over Floyd, who died after being pinned for several minutes by his neck to the pavement of a Minneapolis street by former police officer Derek Chauvin, whose been charged with third-degree murder over the incident.
But what’s also obvious is that many demonstrations included overt acts of lawlessness — looting of businesses, burning of buildings and police vehicles, and random attacks on bystanders — by groups of people acting outside of the civil society.
And to the latter, President Donald Trump has called on mayors and governors in hard-hit states to get control of their situations or he will step in with a federal response.
CNN last week, "How are we going to stop these sunbathers on California beaches?!!!" CNN this week, "Masses in the streets walking arm in arm. Good for them."
— Adam Carolla (@adamcarolla) June 2, 2020
When you're more upset about Trump standing in front of a church than arsonists setting fire to it…
— Jon Gabriel (@exjon) June 2, 2020
“You have to dominate or you’ll look like a bunch of jerks, you have to arrest and try people,” the president told state leaders during a conference call Sunday.
Noting that the “radical left” is fueling the anarchy, Trump added, “It’s a movement, if you don’t put it down it will get worse and worse. The only time it’s successful is when you’re weak and most of you are weak.”
He added in a Sunday tweet, “Get tough Democrat Mayors and Governors. These people are ANARCHISTS. Call in our National Guard NOW. The World is watching and laughing at you and Sleepy Joe. Is this what America wants? NO!!!”
At that, however, Alcindor thought she would fact-check the president — who has access to more real-time intelligence information at any given moment during the day than she could ever hope to access.
“‘These people are anarchists,’ President Trump says without providing any evidence,” she reported, according to Fox News.
But others, including some journalists, quickly ripped Alcindor for her blatant inaccuracy.
“I was there last night when fires were burning in NW. Your tweet is not factual,” RealClearNews reporter Philip Wegmann told Alcindor in response.
I was there last night when fires were burning in NW. Your tweet is not factual. https://t.co/kbkRulZVjm
— Philip Melanchthon Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) June 1, 2020
“It’s an absolute disgrace that the taxpayers pay this activist’s salary. This isn’t journalism, and the American people shouldn’t subsidize it,” author James Hasson noted in response. “Like, FFS. There was a story today about people lighting homes with children inside on fire and then blocking fire engines from responding. They’re burning family-owned businesses and beating up elderly women. How much more evidence do you need, @Yamiche?”
Like, FFS. There was a story today about people lighting homes with children inside on fire and then blocking fire engines from responding. They're burning family-owned businesses and beating up elderly women. How much more evidence do you need, @Yamiche?
— James Hasson (@JamesHasson20) June 1, 2020
“They’re literally spray painting the anarchist A surrounded by a circle in cities across the country, “ columnist Ryan James Girdusky, pointing out another example.
They're literally spray painting the anarchist A surrounded by a circle in cities across the country. https://t.co/4QnA7sMiI4
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) June 1, 2020
“Just woke up after watching hours of churches getting burned, stores looted, journalists assaulted, a female store owner getting pummeled by ‘protestors,’ and I gotta say this tweet here…is FANTASTIC! and keep in mind, you’re paying for this fine work w your taxpayer dollars,” political consultant Trey Radel added.
just woke up after watching hours of churches getting burned, stores looted, journalists assaulted, a female store owner getting pummeled by "protestors," and i gotta say this tweet here…is FANTASTIC! and keep in mind, you're paying for this fine work w your tax payer dollars. https://t.co/sidHhR2vgD
— Trey Radel (@treyradel) June 1, 2020
Presidential son Donald Trump Jr. also commented. “So glad my taxpayer dollars are funding such smart and brave journalism from PBS,” he wrote.
So glad my taxpayer dollars are funding such smart and brave journalism from PBS. https://t.co/mbo9MhHuh8
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 1, 2020
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also responded to Alcindor’s false claim.
“PBS seems to have trouble w/ what words mean. According to Webster’s: ‘evidence’ – a sign which shows that something exists or is true: indication. ‘anarchist’ – one who uses violent means to overthrow the established order. Which part of burning cities & cop cars is unclear?” Cruz wrote on Twitter.
PBS seems to have trouble w/ what words mean. According to Webster’s:
“evidence” – a sign which shows that something exists or is true : indication.
“anarchist” – one who uses violent means to overthrow the established order.
Which part of burning cities & cop cars is unclear? https://t.co/s3k39ymr0P
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 1, 2020
Others blasted Alicindor as well.
Logic and evidence would work if she had any intention whatsoever to conduct an honest evaluation of the situation or engage in sincere discussion. She has no such inclination.
— NiedsDeadGhost (@NiedsG) June 2, 2020
First she’ll want to know if the families involved were registered as Democrats or Republicans.
— John Stephen Walsh Ain’t Payin for Your Pyromania (@jswriter65) June 1, 2020
There is no amount of evidence that could move @Yamiche. She’s yet to visit Oz and pick up her brain.
— RightlySkeptical (@RightSkeptic) June 1, 2020
Photo of Antifa Karen flipping of black Chicago police officer nicely sums up the current insanity. pic.twitter.com/662ijt5H4n
— Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) June 1, 2020
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