September 23, 2020

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR’S REPORTING ON BLACK LIVES MATTER HASN’T BEEN UP TO ITS USUAL STANDARDS, AND THIS STORY IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE: Armed protesters in America create stress test for police. Take this bit:

For instance, police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, gave armed white teenager Kyle Rittenhouse a water bottle and chatted amiably with him before he allegedly killed two people and injured a third during a night of protests. Days later Kenosha police arrested at gunpoint at a gas station a crew of Seattle cooks, known as the Riot Kitchen, who said they traveled to the city to feed protesters. Officers believed the cooks’ jerry cans might be bombs.

Earlier this month, police in Olympia, Washington, shot and killed a left-wing extremist, Michael Forest Reinoehl. Mr. Reinoehl was wanted by Oregon authorities on suspicion of targeting and killing a right-wing Patriot Prayer counter-protester in Portland.

Okay, Rittenhouse hadn’t shot anybody, and was acting legally and expressing support for the police. They were friendly to him. Reinoehl killed someone in cold blood. The Riot Kitchen people said they were just there to feed people, and I suppose some journalists believe that. Frankly, the whole thing reads like it was inspired by a SPLC press briefing. Disappointing.

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