One thing is certain: the rioting at UC Berkeley Wednesday night that included windows being smashed, businesses vandalized, fires set, and numerous physical assaults, can’t be blamed on anything Milo Yiannopoulos said on campus, since his scheduled appearance was cancelled. So of course CNN would choose the following day to look more closely not at the masked anarchists, but at Yiannopoulos and his “hate speech.”

So, what can CNN tell us about that hate speech that sends people into violent frenzies?

In his campus talks, Yiannopoulos spares few targets. He’s gone after Black Lives Matter activists and has argued rape culture on campuses doesn’t exist. He portrays white males as victims and views social justice as a form of cancer. He has said people become feminists because they are “deeply physically unattractive.”

Wow, that’s hateful. Might as well take CNN’s word for it, since tracking down actual quotes is next to impossible.

CNN adds that Yiannopoulos is “on a flamethrowing tour of college campuses” — an interesting turn of phrase, considering that it was the protesters who were recorded throwing firecrackers at campus police and dancing around a generator that had been set fire.

Come on, now:

His tour has coincided with a flurry of hate crimes around the country following Trump’s election victory — many of them on college campuses. In the month after the election, the Southern Poverty Law Center said 172 hate incidents were reported at colleges and universities nationwide.

His tour has caused a flurry of hate crimes, or coincided with a flurry of hate crimes? And to clarify, the SPLC’s post-election “Hatewatch” tally is a count of “hateful incidents” — not hate crimes — and includes unverified anecdotes submitted through the group’s own “#ReportHate intake page.” Does being pepper sprayed by a rioter protesting a guest speaker count as a hateful incident?

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