(TargetLiberty.org) – NBC News was facing questions Thursday after a senior anchor claimed they were avoiding the use of the word “riot” to describe escalating violence in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd in police custody. Craig Melvin, who co-presents the Today show, sent a tweet admitting there was violence, but claimed: “…it is most accurate …to describe what is happening there as ‘protests’–not riots.”
This will guide our reporting in MN. “While the situation on the ground in Minneapolis is fluid, and there has been violence, it is most accurate at this time to describe what is happening there as "protests"–not riots.”
— Craig Melvin (@craigmelvin) May 28, 2020
This claim caused some skepticism with local Fox reporter Bill Melugin and others accusing NBC of living in an “alternate reality” where widespread destruction of businesses isn’t considered a riot. Dan Gainor, vice president of the Media Research Center, irritably tweeted, “Tell that to the store owners whose businesses burned down.”
So far over 30 businesses in Minneapolis have been burned or looted, and a suspected looter has been shot dead by a store owner. Police stations, vehicles and officers have been attacked. Many fires raged for hours with responders unable to do their job. Parts of the city look like a war zone.
It’s disturbing to see a news network trying to suppress accurate descriptions like “riot” in the name of political correctness.
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