Twitchy readers on Saturday might already have heard about the police asking protesters in Boston not to throw urine, or bottles, or rocks at police officers. That wasn’t even the first report of agitators clashing with police in the streets of Boston: a video capture from MSNBC at 1:37 p.m. Eastern shows an aerial view of some of the mayhem.
Unfortunately, violence against police at a “far-right” rally that drew about 10 people and tens of thousands of counter-protesters doesn’t really fit the narrative. Reporters on the ground were having a pretty nice day, but after police started tweeting about being the target of urine bombs, the hard work of restoring the narrative kicked in.
Many in the crowd did not seem fond of the police, but to characterize the entire rally this way is incorrect. It was peaceful. https://t.co/FVx0a8NbIq
— Blake Montgomery ? (@blakersdozen) August 19, 2017
"Did not seem fond"
Boston Police asked them to stop throwing bottles and urine at officers. https://t.co/swU03fJDaJ
— Thankful Muppet Energy (Sunny) (@sunnyright) August 19, 2017
The police did ask nicely.
— Boston Herald (@bostonherald) August 19, 2017
Yes, but that was only a small, practically infinitesimal number of protesters … almost as small a percentage as that occupied by white supremacists among the American population at large. Best to fall back on the “mostly peaceful” angle.
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) August 19, 2017
40,000 people protested in Boston today. 99% of people were there for the right reasons to fight bigotry & hate -Boston Police Commissioner
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) August 19, 2017
Of course, the fact that President Trump tweeted about “anti-police agitators” during Boston’s own Summer of Love could not be excused. CNN’s Jim Acosta, of course, had something to say about it.
Yet POTUS tweeted about "many anti-police agitators." What happened to waiting on the facts to come in? https://t.co/GionN9G6GU
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 19, 2017
Note that Acosta tweeted that at 6:10 p.m. — more than four hours after MSNBC’s cameras showed an aerial view of protesters mixing it up with police, and more than two hours after police themselves tweeted reports of protesters throwing rocks and bottles of urine … like lefty protesters have done before, again and again. This isn’t new, guys.
Special credit goes to Chet Cannon for creating a mostly peaceful GIF that still puts Acosta to shame.
— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) August 19, 2017
CNN’s top man had a full two hours to sit on those facts and then choose to ignore them. Yes, the day was “mostly” peaceful … so now he knows what a shame it is when a handful of agitators ruin it for everyone. Here are some tweets for the scrapbookers out there who want to remember the day forever as mostly peaceful.
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) August 19, 2017
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) August 19, 2017
Festival atmosphere now on Boston common. Tiny "free-speech" rally disbanded. Mostly peaceful so far but riot police rolling through now. pic.twitter.com/Gzmgq8rdV9
— Joel Gunter (@joelmgunter) August 19, 2017
FOX NEWS banner right now: "THOUSANDS MARCH IN MOSTLY PEACEFUL PROTEST IN BOSTON AMID CONSERVATIVE 'FREE SPEECH' RALLY" https://t.co/ae8ILXPZBX
— Chris Donovan (@chrisdonovan) August 19, 2017
Wait, what? At least 33 arrested? CNN said 8 earlier. Those cops are out of control.
MSM said the Counter-protestors were "mostly peaceful" today. I guess that's something like being "almost pregnant".
— Dr.Darrell Scott (@PastorDScott) August 19, 2017
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‘WTF?’ CNN’s doozy about how Antifa hopes to achieve ‘peace’ sends heads to desks https://t.co/H4cKj78SSG
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 19, 2017