From the Conservative Tribune: The cauldron of misguided, petty liberal outrage that is Salon.com is practically boiling over because of the Baltimore riots.
Salon, a venerable catalogue of every bad idea to ever come out of Bernie Sanders’ mouth, is busy tripping over themselves to excuse the violence and destruction on Maryland’s streets.
There is one act, though, that Salon managed to bring themselves to condemn — namely, that of Five Guys and Whole Foods donating food for National Guard troops that had been called in to restore calm in the city.
Given that Salon is the only news outlet I can think of that manages to be both self-serious and self-parodying at the same time, it was hard to tell if this little nugget of joy was really a joke. But alas, author Joanna Rothkopf really seams to be serious in this po-faced example of questionable priorities.
“All Baltimore City public schools were closed on Tuesday in response to violent protests breaking out across the city in response to Freddie Gray’s death,” Rothkopf wrote. “About 84 percent of students in city’s public schools receive free or reduced-price lunches, according to the school district’s website.”
“That’s why it was so shocking to hear that Whole Foods and Five Guys had taken the initiative to provide free food for National Guard soldiers instead of for thousands of high-need children.” (Italics hers.)
Yes, dang those people trying to get food to soldiers who are trying to make the streets of the city safe so those children can go back to school!
It’s also worth pointing out that I’m pretty sure Five Guys doesn’t exactly meet Michelle Obama’s healthy lunch criteria. I gather Salon is swapping one outrage for another here.
If Rothkopf had thought about this for, oh, half a second, she probably would have realized the logistical impossibilities in getting food to 84 percent of Baltimore’s students, many of whom live in the areas hardest hit by the riots.
Or maybe not. Many liberals seem to be common-sense challenged.
While “churches and community centers have been scrambling to fill the gap,” as Rothkopf notes, media reports indicate those efforts have been disorganized at best. In addition, giving the ever-changing situation on the ground, it’s far more difficult and dangerous to get supplies to those areas.
If Five Guys and Whole Foods were to contribute to the meliorative efforts in Baltimore, it’s significantly more feasible to donate to the men and women who are trying to restore peace, most of whom can be reached in safe places.
Keep in mind that the National Guard is not the Baltimore Police Department. They had no role in the death of Freddie Gray and their only job is to ensure that the residents of Baltimore can go back to living in a city where it’s safe to walk down the street.
And let’s also keep in mind here — neither Five Guys nor Whole Foods had to donate food. The word donate implies they did it by choice. There are probably far more restaurants, stores and corporations who’ve chosen not to give at all. Aren’t they probably more deserving of the outrage, if there is any outrage to be had?
Of course, instead of facts to bolster her case, Rothkopf turned to the next best thing: tweets.
I append no comment, because clearly none is needed.