April 22, 2010

File This Under "Duh." Tea Party Protesters More Peaceful Than Left Wing Protesters

Over at Newsbusters Candance Moore highlights a Christian Science Monitor story that notes Tea Party protesters may be getting preferential treatment because they are far better behaved than the left-wing rabble that typically bring violence to protests.

Predictably, the CS Monitor laments that the preferential treatment afforded to Tea Party protesters isn't fair, and may be unconstitutional... though they don't really do a good job of explaining why treating each protest group based upon the makeup of the crowd and their threat potential is anything other than common sense police work. Instead they cite "experts" and activists that try to claim that the police may be engaged in "viewpoint-based discrimination," which would mean they establish and enforce rules unevenly based upon whether or not they agree with the protesters.

They ultimately fail to establish that this bias is anything other than a pet theory, however, and leave the field open to the more logical conclusion that police agencies see less violence potential out of a group of mature adults than a crowd of militant 20-something anarchists.

The media is left labeling common sense as bias.

How far they've fallen.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at April 22, 2010 10:24 AM

The cops don't need to enforce the rules at Tea Party protests because the Tea Partiers are already abiding by them. You only need to enforce the law when they're being broken.

Posted by: Tim at April 22, 2010 12:01 PM