Whenever we go out an cover an event in the field, we don’t edit for what the professional media deems the sensitivity of the viewing public because when you do so, you lessen the impact of what was said in done. Such happened last year during a Trump rally in Richmond, Virginia where our long-form video countered the partisan narrative issued by the local NBC affiliate.
Columbus Day, 2016
The same thing happened one year ago in Reno, Nevada when a “crowd protesting in support of Native American rights on Columbus Day” blocked traffic and surrounded a pickup truck. The protesters told the occupants of the pickup to turn around, issued epithets and then physical threats. As the driver may have felt his safety and that of his passenger was in question, he got out of there.
KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas got some interviews from people sympathetic to the protesters and aired approximately 14 seconds of video found on YouTube of the incident and edited out the foul language. However, if you were to watch the near three-minute online video and put yourself in that pickup surrounded by punks depriving you of freedom of movement and threatening to do bodily harm, what would YOU do?
We’ve personally covered protests and subsequent traffic disruptions in Washington, D.C., witnessed how they coordinate their movements to avoid law enforcement, harass and threaten motorists, making unwarranted claims of racism, cry and claim victim status when they are struck by vehicles driven by frightened motorists, and demand assistance from the very police they routinely disparage.
The media selectively edits video “for time”, mutes foul and/or inflammatory language and aggressive actions, broadcasts at face value the word of “witnesses” whose accounts are contrary to video they won’t show the public because they’re sympathetic and politically on the same side.
They just don’t want you to know it.