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Continuing their use of Orwellian tactics, NBC Nightly News featured a hypocrisy that leaped from the pages of Animal Farm: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” That notion was on full display during Monday’s newscast as anchor Lester Holt immediately pivoted from a segment bashing President Trump’s upcoming rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to boosting the “crowded” Seattle “Autonomous Zone,” now renamed the Capitol Hill Occupy Protest (CHOP).
Their hypocrisy was stunning. Even just listening to Holt’s introductions to the segments showed that NBC didn’t care about how blatant it was. “The spread of the virus is also a concern as the Trump campaign gets set to resume large scale rallies this coming weekend in Oklahoma,” he decried; only to turn around at the top of the following segment and boast: “In Seattle this evening, protesters continue occupying part of the city and demanding police reform.”
Turns out, some people’s ability to exercise their First Amendment rights were more equal than others.
In his report decrying Trump’s scheduled rally, White House correspondent Peter Alexander whined: “[Trump] says, to accommodate ticket requests, they will fill the 19,000 seat arena and the convention hall next door. The type of gathering the CDC classifies as highest risk of spreading coronavirus. And just as Tulsa's public health director says it is too soon for this size of a crowd.”