A disturbing image purporting to show journalists photographing graffiti which reads, “Kill Press” in the besieged city of Portland has generated shockwaves online, as tensions between activists and the media continue to ramp up.
Despite ongoing mainstream media efforts to downplay the widespread rioting across the US in recent months as “mostly peaceful protests,” time and time again, Black Lives Matter and Antifa activists and agitators have turned on the press.
The rapidly deteriorating relationship between the sprawling protest movements and local and national media was captured somewhat neatly by a photo purporting to show the words “Kill Press” scrawled on a wall in Portland this past weekend.
I love how they keep telling us exactly what they are
They say they are racists
They say Revolution nothing less
They say Kill The Press
They Say Liberals get The Bullet Too
Democrats refuse to call Antifa And BLM Extremists out by name why? https://t.co/flopCOXDQ6
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) September 6, 2020
Despite repeated claims of peaceful intent from protesters and their sympathizers in the MSM, extreme violence has accompanied well-intentioned racial justice and anti-police brutality marches from Seattle to Washington DC, from Kenosha to Portland, and NYC.
Many online were stunned by the anti-press graffiti, warning that the violent agitators would “reap what they sow.” Some went as far as describing Antifa and BLM as “terrorists,” while others still wondered aloud whether the movements would be declared a national security threat.
So far we’ve seen; kill the press, defund the police, burn down the banks…when do we get to call this what it is, an insurrection.
— ‘merica (@MericaBB) September 6, 2020
CNN’s own headquarters in Atlanta were trashed by protesters in June, forcing the company to erect a Trump-esque wall around the building to provide additional security for its staff.
The families of Jacob Blake and George Floyd, two black men who were shot by police, sparking major backlash, have made repeated pleas for peace in the streets which appear to have fallen on deaf ears.
As protests turned violent this past weekend, members of the mob could be heard shouting: “If you ain’t police, do not record crimes,” in an apparent veiled threat against citizen and independent journalists known to risk their lives covering the ongoing unrest sweeping the nation.
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