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In spite of the fact that the gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia on Monday saw absolutely zero violent incidents, both ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News saw fit to taint their reports on the event with images from the Charlottesville, Virginia violence where white nationalists and left-wing protesters clashed.
During NBC’s opening tease, anchor Lester Holt dipped into the Charlottesville comparison early. “The massive protest, tens of thousands rallying against new proposed gun control laws at Virginia's capitol,” he announced. “Police on high alert after the governor declared a state of emergency saying he feared another Charlottesville.”
Luckily, Holt turned it around by the time he got to the report later in the program. “A massive pro-gun rally taking place under a state of emergency and a blanket of security brought thousands of protesters to the state capital in Virginia today, but none of the violence that officials feared,” he admitted.
To Holt’s credit, that was the fastest any of the broadcast networks got to the fact there was no violence during their evening newscasts.