After a Black Lives Matter mob entered a gated community and shouted threats on their way to the home of St. Louis’s Democrat mayor Sunday, a couple who brandished firearms while protecting their home has been targeted by the media as the real villains of the story. On Twitter, major media outlets omitted important details, giving a pass to the "peaceful" left-wing protesters and describing the couple with racially-charged sensational headlines.
Here’s a sampling of the kind of misleading headlines tweeted out by media outlets and some journalists:
St. Louis couple points guns at peaceful crowd of protesters calling for mayor to resign https://t.co/o2SS6Ml3HJ— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 29, 2020
White couple aims guns at St. Louis protesters https://t.co/CIdoyTjjdP— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 29, 2020
St. Louis couple points guns at peaceful crowd of protesters calling for mayor to resign https://t.co/UvLAr4PTMI— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) June 29, 2020
Video shows a white couple pointed guns at protesters in St. Louis, AP reports https://t.co/RRTVt7olkA— Bloomberg (@business) June 29, 2020
White couple point guns at protesters marching for police reform in Missouri – video https://t.co/b52buP2HH5— The Guardian (@guardian) June 29, 2020
A white couple in St. Louis pointed guns at protesters marching past their house.— AJ+ (@ajplus) June 29, 2020
The protesters were heading to the mayor's home, after she read out names/addresses of people who wrote demanding she defund the police. @ACLU called her actions "intimidation pure and simple." pic.twitter.com/IyV3AkU2ql
Except that’s not exactly the whole picture. Livestream video shows this large group of shouting protesters were not just passing by the couple’s home on a public street as the media claims. They actually broke into a gated community, trespassed on private property while shouting threats such as, “Whose streets? Our streets!” Other videos which Twitter has now removed, allegedly showed demonstrators shouting out violent threats to the homeowner and cops. The man in the video confirmed in an interview that the mob had descended onto his property and was threatening to kill his family and burn down his home, when he and his wife decided to come out armed and tell them to leave.