19th March 2017
If a federal judge allowed a lawsuit to proceed alleging that police led participants in a far-left protest rally into a gauntlet of violence-prone right-wing counter-demonstrators, and that several protesters were pummeled and hurt as a result, it would be nationally prominent news.
But the national establishment press, and the California press outside of the San Francisco Bay area, have just demonstrated that when the political affiliations of those involved are different, it’s not news, even when the aggrieved protesters win a significant court victory affirming their depiction of events.
On Tuesday, pro-Trump supporters at a June 2016 rally in San Jose, California, who allege that police led them into a mob of anti-Trump protesters and then stood by as they were violently attacked, won a major court victory when a federal judge allowed a portion of their legal action against the City and the police officers directly involved to proceed.
(If the American Civil Liberties Union was the organization it claims to be — working “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country” — it would be heavily involved in this matter, or at the very least would have denounced the violence when it occurred. Nope.)