The malpractice of the mainstream media is difficult to overstate, with its insistence on distorting or ignoring the truth of what is happening in so many American cities right now. They make Baghdad Bob look like the paragon of veracity by comparison.
“Mostly peaceful protests” had a solid lead to be the most grotesque media neologism of the moment, but then ABC News stepped up with this howler:
After a “peaceful” demonstration “intensified.” Got it? Forget violent protests: we should now just call the events in Portland and elsewhere as “intense peace.” Orwell would be proud.
They’re not even faking it any more.
UPDATE: A cottage industry of similar headlines has already erupted on Twitter. My contribution will be: “Honolulu, Dec. 8, 1941: A peaceful flyover by Japanese airplanes intensified yesterday. . .”
UPDATE 2: Leave it to the great Babylon Bee.
MINAS TIRITH—Orcs marched on Minas Tirith this morning in a mostly peaceful protest.The rioters marched for peace, justice, and love in a calm, peaceful, orderly gathering outside the city walls. The mostly peaceful protesters launched peaceful siege projectiles at the city and sent Nazguls to maul Gondorian soldiers in a demonstration of their love and tolerance.
“Everything is very calm, very peaceful here,” said a reporter from Gondor News Network. “It’s very tranquil.” Just then, an Oliphaunt charged right at him and flattened him intolembas bread.
Gondor’s government was criticized for “police brutality” when, after a long period of inaction, Rohan’s armies finally charged in to break things up.