Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire rejected the concept that there was any violence after the dying of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody final 12 months whereas being fast to sentence the Capitol Hill violence that passed off Jan. 6.
On Wednesday, with congressional hearings underway to look at the occasions that passed off earlier than and after the pro-Trump mob disrupted the certification of President Biden‘s election victory, Lemire appeared on MSNBC and tried to contranst the political violence in Washington D.C. with what passed off throughout the nation final summer season.
“Let’s be clear, to the different makeup of these protesters, of the people that we saw in June versus the people that we saw in January,” Lemire started. “In June, these were non-violent protesters, racially mixed, a lot of young people fueled by the Black Lives Matter movement. There was outrage by the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed under the knee of a White police officer in Minnesota. There was no violence there.”
Lemire, an MSNBC analyst, continued, ‘And then, after all, allow us to keep in mind who was there in January. These have been Trump supporters. They have been White. They have been individuals who, as it has been nicely documented, if the racial make-up of that group had been completely different, the response at the Capitol possible would have been completely different as nicely.”
Many members of the mainstream media attempted to downplay the violence that occurred during the summer protests.
At the height of the unrest in Minneapolis, MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi claimed that the situation was “not, usually talking, unruly” regardless of a raging fireplace that was going down directlybehind him.
Craig Melvin, an MSNBC host and “Today” co-anchor tweeted a guide to how the network framed its reporting there.
“This will information our reporting in MN. ‘While the scenario on the bottom in Minneapolis is fluid, and there was violence, it’s most correct at this time to explain what is occurring there as ‘protests’ — not riots,'” Melvin wrote in May.
CNN was also panned for an on-air graphic that read “fiery however largely peaceable protest” throughout its protection of unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin following the capturing of Jacob Blake in August.