Grumpy Editor noted a couple of interesting things in connection with last Wednesday’s widely-covered rioting at U.C. Berkeley: With wall-to-wall protesters, some tossing explosives and others smashing windows and starting fires, only one (or three) arrests were made. And, strangely, apparently no media person sought quotes from U.C. President Janet Napolitano, the former secretary of Homeland Security under President Obama.
The violent protests that prompted the cancellation of Breitbart senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos’s speech resulted in $100,000 in damage.
Police estimated 1,500 protesters were involved.
Most stories cited just one arrest. But KGO, San Francisco, put the number nabbed at three.
Media were silent on some questions:
Why weren’t there more arrests?
Why weren’t there more police on the scene?
Were many protesters non-students?
Rioting extended to downtown Berkeley where windows of bank offices were boarded up Thursday after being smashed the previous night.
On Thursday's CNN Tonight, U.C. Berkeley professor and former Clinton administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich promoted a conspiracy theory, maintaining it was a group of right-wingers --- perhaps linked to Breitbart News --- who were responsible for the rioting.
The uprising resulted in President Donald Trump questioning federal funds to the campus while mentioning, “U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view.”
U.C. Berkeley last year received $370 million in research money from the federal government, more than half its total research budget of $674 million.
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