After months of nationwide protests and civil unrest, many media outlets continue to portray the scene on streets across the U.S. as predominantly peaceful.
While there is unquestionable evidence of such appropriate demonstrations, some critics — including U.S. Attorney General William Barr — believe the news coverage is presenting a skewed interpretation of events, as reported by the Daily Caller.
“It’s a lie”
Barr’s latest comments on the issue came on Sunday during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s Life, Liberty and Levin.
He did not pull any punches, opening asserting that those in the media portraying these protests as peaceful are telling the American people a lie.
Following reports earlier this year that protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death could be the nation’s costliest civil disturbance ever, additional demonstrations across the U.S. continue to result in violence and property damage.
The attorney general argued that it should be obvious to anyone paying attention that the news coverage is dishonestly slanted.
“It’s a lie,” he told host Mark Levin. “The American people are being told a lie by the media.”
“Anyone with eyes can see”
Citing a number of serious crimes that have become prevalent on the streets of American cities, Barr’s words might have served as a wake-up call to those not immediately impacted by protests that have frequently devolved into rioting.
“Anyone with eyes can see what’s happening,” he said. “They see the violence, they see these groups of agitators in their black outfits, with their helmets and their shields which incidentally have a hammer and sickle on them most of the time, rushing the police, causing violence, throwing rocks — people showing up with the rocks and the frozen bottles.”
Barr went on to say he was “appalled” by the apparent lack of “objective truth” in the mainstream coverage of the events.
“There’s no real story of what happened. It’s just everyone has their own narrative and you get to where the press can justify presenting a story that doesn’t really correspond to objective truth — but it’s our narrative,” he said.
While millions of Americans already share Barr’s concern that the media is “reliable for being partisan nowadays,” it might come as added comfort to see such sentiment expressed from the nation’s attorney general.