The Washington Submit lastly obtained round to protecting a latest assault on a conservative activist on the College of California at Berkeley on Wednesday – however put an emphasis on the truth that conservatives have been upset in regards to the scenario.
It has turn out to be frequent observe for mainstream media organizations to deal with the “Republicans pounce” facet of any story that would seem unfavorable to the left. On this case, the Submit’s story was headlined: “A conservative activist was punched within the face at UC Berkeley. The response enraged the precise.” It cited a Fox Information report revealed Tuesday, considered one of a number of which has been revealed because the incident occurred final week.
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The incident, which was captured on a cellphone, occurred because the activist, Hayden Williams, was manning a recruiting desk for Turning Level USA, a conservative group. Williams, who is just not a pupil, advised Fox Information final week that he filed a police report instantly after the incident.
Alex Szarka, a Berkeley junior, advised Fox Information he was strolling on campus final week when he noticed the altercation and determined to videotape it. The assault shortly went viral in conservative circles however was largely missed by the mainstream media.
A search of Williams’ identify and the phrase “Berkeley” on the Submit’s web site doesn’t present any point out of the assault previous to Wednesday’s piece about the precise being “enraged.”
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Submit reporter Katie Mettler wrote that UC Berkeley officers have been gearing as much as apprehend the suspect however pivoted to the response of conservatives by the third paragraph.
“The information comes after a seven-day marketing campaign by conservative activists each at Berkeley and nationally, who’ve argued, on social media, right-leaning political web sites and Fox Information, that due to liberal bias, the assault garnered what they understand as a delayed response from the police and college and a muted response from the general public,” Mettler wrote.
Mettler cited a Donald Trump Jr. tweet wherein the president’s oldest son pondered, “Surprise if it might be the identical if a conservative beat up a leftist on the Berkeley Campus?”
The Submit then put an emphasis on the college denying that it acted with a liberal bias earlier than detailing the assault itself.
Media Analysis Middle vp Dan Gainor is among the many critics of the newspaper’s protection.
“That is unbelievable,” Gainor advised Fox Information. “The left-wing Washington Submit ignores a hate crime towards a younger conservative for eight days. Then when it lastly chimes in, it’s with the most recent model of conservatives pounce. “As an alternative of reporting the information, the Submit notes how conservatives are upset and that, ‘The response enraged the precise.’”
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Gainor added: “How dare right-wingers be upset that somebody obtained attacked on a university campus due to his politics and the most important media all-but ignored it? Particularly after turning repeated hate hoaxes into nationwide information tales – like Jussie Smollett. It’s additionally value noting that the Submit is being sued for $250 million for the way awfully it coated the Covington hoax”.
The Washington Submit didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The framing of the story was shortly ridiculed on social media:
In the meantime, Williams advised Fox Information on Friday that he’s been attacked earlier than whereas serving to recruit on faculty campuses, together with two weeks in the past at U.C.L.A., however by no means to the diploma he was at Berkeley.
Fox Information’ Elizabeth Llorente contributed to this report.