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.”
— CNN (@CNN) February 2, 2017
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 If your going to call him out for "hate speech" you should cite/quote him to prove your point? I challenge you.
— Gigi (@gigigurl79) February 2, 2017
— GOGIS (@GOGIS52) February 2, 2017
— Pamela (@pamelakarnbach) February 2, 2017
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?
— Girls of Europa (@GirlsOfEuropa) February 2, 2017
@CNN is trying to convince American citizens that violent suppression of free speech is 'cool'
— DEPLORABLE MEDIA (@correctthemedia) February 2, 2017
@CNN CNN is trying to convince america that censoring free speech is cool
— Joah Shamon (@GudVibesBoii) February 2, 2017
CNN is trying to convince Americans it's a valid news source.
— TexitMachine (@BrowningMachine) February 3, 2017
— BonkPolitics (@BonkPolitics) February 2, 2017
@CNN I really hate the term "hate speech" he just speaks out on what he disagrees with, what's wrong with that?
— Emily (@Myself03726095) February 2, 2017
@CNN colleges are trying to convince America that it is ok to riot and destroy buildings
— President Trump (@fightfortrump) February 2, 2017
I think if you had anyone with critical thinking skills over there at @CNN, you'd know that he's trying to convince colleges PC is fascist.
— AW (@ArtbyAWOHS) February 2, 2017
You have officially gone off the deep end @CNN
— WasAToonie (@02129toonie) February 2, 2017
@CNN This tweet is truly shocking. What has happened to your network?
— Janet Thompson (@jweber_janet) February 2, 2017
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Berkeley violence continues: WATCH video of Trump supporter reportedly attacked TODAY on edge of campushttps://t.co/Dh9KWaG9s9
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 2, 2017