Tucker Carlson to Milo: Media Coverage of Violent Berkeley Riot Had a Subtext of 'You Deserve It'
Conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos appeared on Fox News with Tucker Carlson Thursday night to talk about the violent rioting that shut down his speaking event at UC Berkeley the night before, and how the media coverage of the incident seemed to legitimize the violence.
The two began by discussing the police response -- or lack thereof.
Questions have emerged in the media regarding police tactics during the "protest" that allowed it to devolve into a full-blown riot resulting in massive property damage, injuries, and only one person being arrested.
Via CBS SF:
When asked why police didn’t move in and stop the rioters, UC Berkeley spokesperson Dan Mogulof replied, “Police tactics are driven on a campus by need, the non-negotiable need to protect our students and ensure their well being.”
University officials said police decided to stay back to prevent injuring innocent protesters and bystanders who could have been hurt if officers waded into the crowd.
Yiannopoulos acknowledged that the police "didn't seem to be doing very much besides hiding inside the building" as he described his harrowing escape.
Carlson found it fascinating that the police did not come to his defense in any meaningful way. "The video proves it -- you're affirming it now, why? Carlson asked.
Yiannopoulos said he wasn't sure why the police stood down, but noted that the mayor of Berkeley was "sort of gleefully egging" the protests on.
He pointed out that the left habitually smear conservatives with labels like "white supremacist" to legitimize political violence against them. That is what Mayor Arreguin did when he characterized Yiannopoulos as a bigot who engages in hate speech and isn't welcome at Berkeley just prior to his event.
In a statement on Thursday which he later retracted, the mayor called Yiannopoulos a white supremacist.
The lieutenant governor of California put out an even more obnoxious statement, calling the Breitbart editor a white supremacist late in the day Thursday.
Yiannopoulos blamed the media and CNN in particular for using “appalling” language to describe anyone even slightly conservative in order to delegitimize them.
Carlson read a number of the headlines from the media that painted Yiannopoulos as "divisive," a "provocateur," and a "white supremacuist," arguing that the press coverage of the violent rioting Wednesday night contained a subtext of “you deserve it.” He pointed out that only one liberal he knew of came to Milo's defense.