NY Times blasted for labeling claims that last summer’s BLM protests were violent as ‘misinformation’

Rioting and looting were common in a number of American cities last summer as a result of Black Lives Matter protests organized after the death of George Floyd, but the New York Times says its “misinformation” to suggest the events caused widespread violence.

All of which means your eyes were lying to you as you watched city after city being burned by social justice activists over the death of a man who appeared to have been suffering a potentially fatal overdose of fentanyl.

In a Times story from national politics reporter Jennifer Medina on why Latino men vote Republican, last year’s BLM protests were cited as a motivating factor.

“Some of the frustrations voiced by Hispanic Republican men are stoked by misinformation, including conspiracy theories claiming that the ‘deep state’ took over during the Trump administration and a belief that Black Lives Matter protests caused widespread violence,” Medina wrote.

Never mind that many in the U.S. intelligence apparatus worked to undermine former President Donald Trump, the reporter was clearly disputing that the protests resulted in violence — a mindboggling conclusion, given events on the ground.

Of course, it makes sense when thinking back to the words of Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times Magazine reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, who argued that the destruction of property during the BLM protests “is not violence.”

“I think we need to be really careful with our language. Yes, it is disturbing to see property being destroyed. It is disturbing to see people taking property from stores, but these are things,” Hannah-Jones said in an interview with CBS News. “Violence is when an agent of the state kneels on a man’s neck until all of the life is leached out of his body. Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence.”

And to think that Trump was accused of inciting violence.

Meanwhile, here in the real world, Forbes reported in June 2020 that there were 19 deaths in the first two weeks of protests.

Medina’s claim was seen by many for what it is: propaganda.

Or, as tweeted by Steven L. Miller, host of the Versus Media Podcast who has written about American politics for Fox News, National Review and the Spectator USA: “The New York Times is lying.”

Journalist Michal Tracey noted that another possibility “stems from the collective media decision last year to NOT cover those events accurately and thus distort the historical record.”

And while Times readers may never be any wiser to the truth, comfortable in a cocoon of their own making, social media users know liberal spin when they see it.

Here’s a sampling of other responses to the story from Twitter:

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