I read the news throughout the day and I rarely watch it on television. Most recently, I’ve started reading traditional news sources while also reading posts on Twitter and Instagram. For all that mainstream, ostensibly respected news sources have alleged about the “thugs destroying their own communities,” I’ve been impressed by how trenchant the hooligan analysis has been. While some community “leaders” have given interviews with mainstream journalists and held their own as they were disrespected for their failure to denigrate protestors in Baltimore, social media users help to expose the anti-intellectual bias of even the most liberal journalists.
While these protesters are closer to being drop kicked to the curb than to being television news anchors, Pulitzer Prize winning journalists or esteemed cultural critics these social media commentators have done a solid job of exposing the limitations of the professionals.