The largely non-violent marches of tens of thousands of mainly young people are being crowded out in the public mind by images of violent confrontations with police and burning police cars and a glossing over of aggressive police tactics. This distortion of reality is the handiwork of the media, which runs to these confrontations like flies do to sh-t.

No one is happier with this media misrepresentation than Trump, Barr, and all. Feeling increasingly on the defensive, they would like nothing better than to change the national conversation from the legitimate, just, and accumulating grievances over racist policing as well as their gross mishandling of the pandemic sweeping the country and striking communities of color with particular ferocity to law and order and public safety.

We have seen this movie before, but I don’t think it will work this time.