The media blackout

27 Jul

Yes, civil unrest has of course occurred before. But the riots of 2020 exhibited features which belie any easy historical parallel. For one thing, consider their enormous geographic scope. While the most extreme riots in cities like New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and particularly Minneapolis did receive considerable attention — however fleeting, incomplete, and unnecessarily inflected with knee-jerk partisanship — there were also smaller-scale riots in surprisingly far-flung places that you hardly would’ve known about unless you lived in the area, happened to visit, or intentionally sought out what remains of the bare-bones local media coverage. To take just a small sampling: Atlantic City, NJ, Fort Wayne, IN, Green Bay, WI, and Olympia, WA all underwent significant riots, at least per the normal expectations of life in these relatively low-key cities. Did you hear anything about them? Because I hadn’t, and I’m abnormally attuned to daily media coverage. Only because I personally visited did I learn of the damage.

These riots weren’t spontaneous; they were coordinated.

Ditto the media coverage, and lack thereof: surely, that is coordinated, too. (You can see how coordinated the mainstream media is just by their sudden simultaneous adoption of new catchphrases…)


16 responses to “The media blackout

  1. Anymouse

    July 27, 2020 at 11:14 am

    One very odd thing I noticed about the riots in the off the track cities…

    In Reno NV, the news was airing non stop even though no riots were occurring. Example: the news started at 6pm and was still going at 7.30pm. The actual rioting started about 15 minutes later. No they were not covering any special event. It’s almost like they knew a riot was going to happen, they just didn’t know when, so they kept the cameras rolling.

    • Will S.

      July 27, 2020 at 11:57 am

      Revealing. And disturbing.

      In more normal times, a responsible journalist would have tipped off police, then filmed the police thwarting the riot, and let that be the story.

      Of course, a real riot rather than a thwarted one sells more papers and furthers the prog agenda, so I guess we can expect more of this…

      • awildgoose

        July 27, 2020 at 12:19 pm

        The Left takes advantage of social media and the school of fish effect.

        In this instance they are probably coordinating with the media over social media. The parties are known to each other, so there is an existing level of trust.

        The message could be as simple as, “Hey, you should have a news crew here at this time.” Total plausible deniability if questioned.

      • Will S.

        July 27, 2020 at 12:21 pm

        That makes sense. The traditional media has become dependent upon social media for much of their content; they can’t do without them…

  2. Dave

    July 27, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Local news is like a little mom-and-pop restaurant that buys all its food from Sysco. There are hilarious videos on Youtube showing dozens of local newscasters all saying the same thing, word for word.

    Not really a conspiracy, just showcasing the efficiency of centralized mass production.

    • Will S.

      July 27, 2020 at 12:39 pm

      It doesn’t cost much to send a film crew downtown with a camera; all local media could be doing that…

      But they aren’t.

      Shoot, the centralized major media could pay local media for such footage and broadcast it nationally – if it fit their desired narrative.

      • Dave

        July 27, 2020 at 1:19 pm

        Two problems with that idea: (1) Antifa sees all journalists as handmaidens of the right-wing establishment and will attack them without provocation. (2) Even CNN’s top reporters speak nervously and haltingly at these events, knowing full well that one racist word out of their mouths will get them canceled forever. How are local reporters supposed to navigate this minefield?

        But hey, it sure is fun watching our enemies destroy each other, especially when they try to goad us ignorant gun-toting rednecks into joining the fight. No thanks, we’ll take back the cities *after* you Democrats finish killing each other off.

  3. fuzziewuzziebear

    July 27, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    What gets to me is the sheer amount of planning it would take to do this. As for money, it would take national resources and the only one who wants to see the US destabilized is China.

    • Will S.

      July 27, 2020 at 12:22 pm

      You don’t think the richest e.g. Soros, could pull it off?

      • awildgoose

        July 27, 2020 at 12:33 pm

        Soros, the DNC, and the CCP are all in on this. Plenty of funds between them.

      • Will S.

        July 27, 2020 at 12:37 pm


      • fuzziewuzziebear

        July 27, 2020 at 1:01 pm

        While it is above a lot people’s pay grade, I think that it would take national resources. Trying to do this privately would take too many contributors, leading to poor security.

    • Dirtnapninja

      July 27, 2020 at 12:43 pm

      It doesnt take a huge amount of coordination. All you need are a few key groups to kick things off, a common set of tactics and objectives and a friendly media to amplify. With those in place things take on a life of their own. What is salient is vast amount of cash being pushed into this, mostly from fake charity foundations like Soros and Steyer. Make no mistake, without that money, there would be no riots.

      • Will S.

        July 27, 2020 at 12:44 pm


      • fuzziewuzziebear

        July 27, 2020 at 1:09 pm

        That is why I suspect national resources, it is the cash.


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