Bozell & Graham: The Media Normalize the Antifa Extreme
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham, Newsbusters.org
In March, NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd made an ad for his show that lamented to the public, “What about our politics? Are there any rules anymore, and if so, will anybody play by them?” Todd assured viewers that NBC and he would enforce some rules. “These days, politics could use a little refereeing,” he intoned. “And we’re not afraid to blow the whistle.”
Wrong. The rulebook is being shredded. The “anti-fascist” or “Antifa” movement is justifying violent action in the streets to beat back racists and neo-Nazis. Violence – not as an accidental outburst, but as an explicit strategy – used to be seen as a beyond-the-pale extreme. Now Todd & Co. are ushering Antifa’s extreme into polite society. The NBC referees believe rioting is worth at least some respect as a way to jolt the debate to the left. On the streets, the real referees – the police – are getting injured with rocks and urine-filled bottles to the head. We’ve lost count of the number of cops that have been murdered by Black Lives Matter supporters.
Todd used the August 16 MTP Daily and then the August 20 Meet the Press to promote an author named Mark Bray, who argued violence was necessary because “Nazism and fascism were not stopped by polite dialogue and reasonable debate. It had to be stopped by force.”