Why don’t violent pipeline protests receive the same scrutiny as violent Trump protests?


MINOT, N.D. — In the middle of last month a group of extremists traveled to Washington, D.C., to engage in unlawful protests that resulted in vandalism and physical harm to security personnel.

With the nation’s media spotlight on the congressional committee investigating the Trump-inspired Jan. 6t riot at the U.S. Capitol, you’d think a similar example of violent political extremism would draw headlines.

It didn’t, and if you want to understand why so many Americans have lost faith in the news media, the fact that it didn’t goes a long way toward explaining it.

In mid-October, a group of left-wing activists, incensed over the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota, gathered in Washington where they, among other acts of what they euphemistically describe as “civil disobedience,” vandalized a statue of former President Andrew Jackson and violently “occupied” the Department of the Interior harming several people.

“Multiple injuries were sustained by security personnel, and one officer has been transported to a nearby hospital,” Melissa Schwartz, an Interior Department spokesperson, said of the incident.

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