“Protestors in California,” tweeted ABC News, about an incident in Oakland, “set fire to a courthouse, damaged a police station and assaulted officers after a peaceful demonstration intensified.”
If you’d presented your ninth-grade teacher with that sentence in your weekly writing assignment, she might have taken out her red pen and asked you, “How does a peaceful demonstration intensify?”
This sentence, however, was written not by a ninth-grader but by an adult, a professional journalist working for one of the world’s major television news organizations. It was not an accident. As Modern Age editor Daniel McCarthy noted, “George Orwell could not improve on this.”
Any “peaceful demonstration” capable of “intensifying” into setting fire to a courthouse, damaging a police station and assaulting law enforcement personnel was never really “peaceful” in the first place.
As The New Criterion editor Roger Kimball wrote, “the overriding criterion for choosing which narrative to plug” is which “will do the most damage to Donald Trump and Republican prospects in the November election…”
“Demonstrations that have continued for more than 60 days in cities such as Oakland, Portland and Seattle are described as “largely peaceful” — which, translated into English, means “violent.”