Video: CNN discovers what an unruly protest looks like

posted at 2:20 pm on September 25, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

With all of the media handwringing about the potential for violence at Congressional town-hall meetings in Augutst — potential only realized when unions and counterprotesters began attacking ObamaCare opponents — one has to marvel at the lack of any such speculation at the G-20 protests in Pittsburgh. Of course, the media didn’t bat an eye at the larger implications of the real violence from the same leftist crowd in Saint Paul, Minnesota, during the Republican convention, either. It seems that conservatives exercising free speech in a passionate but responsible manner freaks out the national media far more than leftists engaged in actual political violence.

Case in point — this report from CNN’s Brian Todd to Wolf Blitzer yesterday (via Doug Powers):


The key moment in this clip comes late in the clip. After noting that Todd got teargassed as a consequence of reporting from the protest, Blitzer emphasizes that Todd has a press credential to cover the protests. Um, okay, but that doesn’t mean Todd won’t get teargassed if he’s standing at the front line of the protests, as he was. Does Blitzer hold the police responsible for Todd being in the vicinity — especially after the clip clearly shows that police warned the crowd (and Todd) several times before firing the teargas canisters? I had no idea press passes were that magical.

Compare this to Susan Roesgen’s reporting from the Chicago Tea Party in April, when CNN warned that the report was not “family viewing”:

CNN eventually dumped Roesgen for this, but they aired her report at the time. Notice that Todd doesn’t challenge any of the protesters around him (which is the professional way to report on the event, of course). However, CNN and Todd also didn’t go around looking for the nuttiest signs they could highlight, and no one in this clip ever starts speculating as to whether this violent protest means that the Left is inherently violent or could start attacking politicians at the drop of a hat — unlike how the media has treated the Tea Party movement.


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Wolf wrote to the President saying how disappointed the teleprompter didn’t show up in time for Celebrity Jeopardy last week.

No teleprompter makes important men mere mortals.

jcrue on September 25, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Come see the violence inherent in the system!
juanito on September 25, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Help! help! I’m being repressed!

Bloody peasant!

Midas on September 25, 2009 at 3:19 PM

I must of missed all of the riot police at the tea party in Washington DC. Maybe they were off camera and I couldn’t see them. /sarc

The DC cops had nothing but nice things to say about the tea party gathers. I bet the Pittsburg police won’t be able to say the same.

Todd is an idiot. When the police tell you to move. Move you moron. Then maybe you won’t get gassed. Idiot.

Brat4life on September 25, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Just like Chicago in the 60′s ……. The Tear Gas worked then and it works now!

BigMike252 on September 25, 2009 at 3:20 PM

maverick muse on September 25, 2009 at 3:11 PM

I’m sure they will, but the irresponsible rioters are at fault if any of the residents is endangered or injured.

The objective of the violent rioters is to be violent and to call chaos.

Easy to do, for a bunch of drugged up, worthless juvenile delinquents.

Keeping them from destroying the city while at the same time protecting actual citizens, isn’t easy and it’s possible mistakes will be made.

NoDonkey on September 25, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Hmmm…Wonder if Homeland Security put out a warning about militants like they did during tea parties….*sigh*

cappy718 on September 25, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Help! help! I’m being repressed!

Scrappy on September 25, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Come see the violence inherent in the system!

Jaibones on September 25, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Can’t wait for Schuster’s report…

… not!

Seven Percent Solution on September 25, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Good job putting the Tea Party clip next to this. Take a lesson Nanzi—take a lesson indeed.

ted c on September 25, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Damn Teabaggers…what they are lefties? Nevermind.

RobCon on September 25, 2009 at 3:34 PM

A man with a baby in this arms is more scary than a young punk with a black face mask throwing trash cans.

RobCon on September 25, 2009 at 3:36 PM

I don’t know what numbers would have to do with whether the protesters are “loons” or not. That would seem to me to be based more on behavior.

malclave on September 25, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Historically, these G20 “protestors” have always been anarchists.

Del Dolemonte on September 25, 2009 at 3:36 PM

I had no idea press passes were that magical.

Yeah ! !

Niether did they. Wolf and his BOY sure made to
press pass point. . .

Texyank on September 25, 2009 at 3:37 PM

It seems that conservatives exercising free speech in a passionate but responsible manner freaks out the national media far more than leftists engaged in actual political violence.

This is important, because it allows something to possibly happen. I’m sure the media thinks that the “leftists engaged in actual violence” are just that–leftists (something most don’t in the media would say they have nothing in common with), a small group, one easily curtailed and cutoff, and who have no impact or influence; whereas in their hearts the “conservatives exercising free speech in a passionate…manner” are a dangerous precursor, for if these numbers are “responsible”, then that means naturally there will be a small fringe who will engage in violence, so Katy bar the door…

Let me be clear Quite simply, the media gives the benefit of the doubt to one side and not another.

Now, beyond the obvious and irritating unhonorable double standard, the problem is this–I do not believe that the actions of the violent G-20 protesters is in fact a small isolated fringe. Now, to be sure, those doing the violence are a fringe, are relatively isolated, and they are small in numbers. But my argument is there is not some great gap in behavior/lack of civility between them and the rest of the left–instead it is a spectrum, ranging in civility from their complete lack down to the principled (if sound bite-ish) behavior of a Donna Brazile–just as it is on the right.

Or as it would be on the right, except the right cannot go to further extremes of uncivil behavior as the left does because the media are alert to such possibilities in such ways that they are not for the left.

What this practically means is that for every one G-20 violent anarchists, there may be five leftists who would do as ACORN did (fradulent voter registrations), 10 Daily Kos kids who will character assassinate, 20 government bureaucrats who will do as was shown in the NEA sting, 40 college faculty who will not hire or grant tenure to conservatives, and 100 reporters who will slant the news. It is a spectrum of behavior, and because the allowable bar is higher for the left than the right, we must allow for the possibility that there is a lot of stuff going on–as the NEA and ACORN scandals showed–that is probably as hardball, and as effective, as actual violence.

In short, the media double standard allows for bias to be acted upon and for it to work–people’s lives actually get adversely effected, and doors get shut. Because of politics, and a spectrum of what is effectively tolerated behavior for the left that reaches from mere disdain all the way to violence.

It is the principle of the bell curve, or a normal distribution from statistics. For the left, because the spectrum allowed means the tail of the curve stretches into violence, it also means the center of leftist/liberal behavior has also been probably shifted from the center of ideal civility and refined discourse into the area of soft Machiavellian politics–aka Alinsky. And I further argue that the means of the left would not survive public opinion if they were routinely highlighted.

Thus, in conclusion, I say this: if the media were to do to the left what they routinely do the right, there would not be a left left by this time next month, for it would be such a discredited cause in the eyes of the public as to effectively end the ability of the Democratic party to ever gain a majority again.

Horatius on September 25, 2009 at 3:38 PM

But…but…this is the age of Obama…..(sob)

RobCon on September 25, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Historically, these G20 “protestors” have always been anarchists.

Del Dolemonte on September 25, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Communists too.

They march together. They should all read up on how well the red-black alliance works in practice by educating themselves on the Spanish Civil War.

NoDonkey on September 25, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Update More Photos from the G20 Pittsburgh Protest.

Our President spoke at the summit that makes all those Protesters – Racist Right ;)

Dr Evil on September 25, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Suffering on-air reporters who have been teargassed are so much more entertaining when it’s Shepard Smith or Geraldo.

Marcus on September 25, 2009 at 3:58 PM

I wonder if anyone is still busting Wolf’s balz over Jeopardy.

RobCon on September 25, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Does this make the Anti-Globos racist? heh

RobCon on September 25, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Hey CNN, that sure wasn’t TEA stinging your boy’s eyes now was it? Nope, that’s riot control gas–CS. Kinda irritating stuff, ain’t it.

That was the stuff that was missing from every TEA Party and the 912 march.

Shall you throw back some earl grey, extend your little finger, and pontificate the “Why?” of that scenario?

doubt it. get bent.

ted c on September 25, 2009 at 4:00 PM

CNN is on the same side as the anarchists and communists. Why would they want to make them look bad?

d1carter on September 25, 2009 at 4:04 PM

This is racism, straight up. They’re nothing but a bunch of teaRGASbagging rednecks.

Daggett on September 25, 2009 at 2:25 PM

FIFY

Trafalgar on September 25, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Trafalgar on September 25, 2009 at 4:06 PM
nice one!

ted c on September 25, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Pelosi must be absolutely beside herself with fear.

29Victor on September 25, 2009 at 4:10 PM

I like the lady at the very end who said, and this is a paraphrase, “you are trying to tell them we are bad people.”

ConDem on September 25, 2009 at 4:16 PM

I’m sure they’ll blame bush for this

Defector01 on September 25, 2009 at 4:22 PM

I’m sure the teargas made most of them smell better.

Scrappy on September 25, 2009 at 4:23 PM

CNN is on the same side as the anarchists and communists. Why would they want to make them look bad?

d1carter on September 25, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Don’t forget that the Most Busted Name in News also gave Saddam Hussein’s thuggery against his own citizens a complete pass…for a decade.

Del Dolemonte on September 25, 2009 at 4:28 PM

These, dirty, disgusting, nasty uber-Liberals. Like everything they believe in, they end up being hypocritical because these are the ONLY protests where you can NOT be “Miss Cleo” and still predict chaos and violence. What happened to peace and love? Disgrazia!

Rush had it so right. The media call these crappers “anarchists” when we all know they are LIBERALS.

I’m still laughing at “Wool” Blitzer having his tuchis handed to him by comedian Andy Richter!

Gob on September 25, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Yummy CS gas…. Open your lungs and take it in. It always goes down smoothly.

Claypigeon on September 25, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Press Card = The most valuable object in the world.

ref: Time Bandits

BobMbx on September 25, 2009 at 4:38 PM

“Anarchists United for America”

Something strange about that…….can’t quite place it….

BobMbx on September 25, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Anarchists are socialists and communists whom the socialists and communists in the lamestream media want to dissociate themselves from in order to sanction their violence but distance themselves from holding the same political label.

eaglewingz08 on September 25, 2009 at 5:05 PM

The City of Pittsburgh apparently spent it’s stimulus money on something other than rubber bullets, tear gas, and tasers….

All should be being implemented with much gusto at this point in time…..

BigWyo on September 25, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Need to hold one of these G-20 meetings in Cairo. Then we can get these goons to rendition themselves.

WashJeff on September 25, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Hell with that…have it in Moscow. Get ACORN involved to get em’ all plane tickets to get there…The cops over there get going on the thumping….BOOOOO YEAAAHHHHHH!!

BigWyo on September 25, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Crappy News Network

sonnyspats1 on September 25, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Those protest signs are ugly. TEA Party signs are so superior. Therefore, TEA Party protesters win the best angry mob award.

redwhiteblue on September 25, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Susan Roesgen got (poop)canned? I missed that.

AWESOME.

Red Cloud on September 25, 2009 at 5:52 PM

CNN: Comedy News for Nitwits

TN Mom on September 25, 2009 at 3:10 PM

+10

Mangy Scot on September 25, 2009 at 5:55 PM

If Anarchism
Worked
Nothing Else
Would

(How do these uniformist loons seem to “organize” so conveniently when their entire declared goal is “radical individualism”… unless its a cover and a fraud for more malevolent, collectivist aims ?)

profitsbeard on September 25, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Wolf needs to get out of the studio and inhale some of that tear gas himself. I’d pay extra for that.

Mangy Scot on September 25, 2009 at 6:05 PM

It’s all those eeeeevil gunnnnnzzzzz the protesters have that alarms the media.

TinMan13 on September 25, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Ed,

You’re freaking out. It’s not worth killing yourself over this. Maybe the following therapeutic mantra will help you calm yourself down:

Left is right,

Right is wrong.

Mmm. Mmm. Mmm.

Better yet, maybe you can scare up some schoolchildren to help you with it.

Mmm. Mmm. Mmm.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on September 25, 2009 at 7:56 PM

Why isn’t Wolfie in Pittsburgh where the news is?
He should be on the streets and with the people finding out what is on their minds and “in the air.”

TBenton on September 25, 2009 at 8:04 PM

G-baggers.

NeoKong on September 25, 2009 at 8:11 PM

When it comes to unwarranted fear of Tea Party violence, I like to call it “Republiphobia”.

Big John on September 25, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Hannity is interviewing a couple of these useful idiots on FOX now. Every bad thing in the world is the fault of capitalism. Love to see a gas canister fall into the picture.

ronnyraygun on September 25, 2009 at 9:20 PM

Wolf also had to get his standard dumbass interview question in… as the guy is hacking and just got his eyes washed out after being tear-gassed, “Alright Brian, tell us what was it like, that tear-gass?” One of the many reasons I cannot stand the MSM.

4shoes on September 25, 2009 at 10:46 PM

Loved the futile nihilist dumpster attack. I guess none of the marxists on the street knew anything about engineering, or bothered to check out the concept of ‘crown of the road’.

Vashta.Nerada on September 26, 2009 at 12:09 AM

What a complete idiot!!!

I’ve been gassed several times for Chemical Warfare Training with Riot/Tear Agents and the one thing you never do it use water to flush the micro-fine powder agent off your face and skin!

Water actually actuates and exacerbates the agent’s burning sensation.

You stand still and up wind and let the air sweep the agent off. It takes a few minutes, but it’s worth it!

Jack.

Jack Deth on September 26, 2009 at 1:29 AM

leftists engaged in actual political violence.

Who ARE these protestors? Where do they live? Where do they get the funds to travel globally when they clearly can’t be bothered to work? Now that’s some investigative reporting I’d like to see…The Right needs a lot more curious and less polite people IMHO. Borrow from ACORN-the bus tour of leftist hide-outs. Follow the money.

indypat on September 26, 2009 at 8:25 AM

For sake of argument, isn’t it possible these knuckleheads wouldn’t engage in vandalism if the MSM weren’t there and if the police weren’t out in force?

Not excusing their behaviour, but at as the Zen saying goes, “the best way to control your cow is to give him a wide pasture.”

It’s like dealing with hooligan adolescents. Take away their audience and they’re pretty reasonable people.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 26, 2009 at 8:45 AM

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