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A protester is lead away after being detained by California Highway Patrol officers during a demonstration against Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home orders aimed at slowing the spread of the new coronavirus, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, May 1, 2020. Several people were taken into custody during the protest calling for Newsom to end the restrictions and allow people return to work. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

 

The media have absolutely lost their minds. Just a few weeks ago, they were decrying peaceful protests pushing back on some of the draconian coronavirus lockdowns, claiming that such events would kill people and cause the virus to spread. If you went to the beach or the park, you were a selfish, irresponsible jerk trying to kill people’s grandmothers. Just seven days ago, I wrote this piece about media reactions to people swimming in a literal pool of disinfectant at the Lake of the Ozarks.

That’s all changed, though. The massive riots currently going on across the country have apparently cured the coronavirus, as the media are in full support, with CNN once again tonight urging people to get out and “protest.”

Matt Walsh, noticing this sudden flip-flop, dropped a pretty great thread showing just how the media treated protestors prior to the past week.

I guess black people are immune now? Or perhaps the media never really cared about them in the first place and were just stoking tensions to fit their narrative? I’m gonna go with the latter.

I wrote on this idea that anyone who protests doesn’t deserve medical care, noting that the same argument is never used when people protest the police, nor should it be. The fact that people protest is not a reason to deny them medical care or police protection. Yet, the media were fine with suggesting conservatives be left to die if they catch the virus while protesting. Will they hold that same standard with these current protests? I’m gonna suggest they won’t.

Imagine if a nurse stood in the road tonight trying to stop those still protesting after dark. Would he be praised by the media and lionized by the left? More likely, he’d be beaten up.

That’s my favorite. You see, lock down orders are fine and totally constitutional. But curfews put in place after massive riots are tyranny or something. Do these people even hear themselves?

All that concern, all that hand wringing is gone because these protests advance a narrative the media like. That’s the only reason they’ve so quickly and thoroughly changed their disposition. A week ago, you were basically committing manslaughter if you left your house. But tonight people can loot with impunity and CNN will make excuses for them.

It’s all so ridiculous, but completely par for the course for our valiant media.

 

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