CBS news hosts refuse to label environmentalists terrorists who are throwing bombs, burning and shooting at Police

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Violent rioters on Thursday burned a bridge, shot at police and threw bombs in order to stop the building of an oil pipeline in North Dakota. Yet, the journalists at CBS This Morning saw only “activists” and kept the focus on their environmentalist plight. Reporter Barry Petersen interviewed four of the radical protesters, but just one representative attempting to stop the chaos. He also ignored the Molotov cocktails being hurled at law enforcement. A CBS graphic spun, “Activists Burn Bridge, Fire Shots at Police in ND.” Petersen mildly noted, “Activists set fire to debris on a bridge yesterday to stop police from clearing their camp.” Covering the story from the site of the violence, the journalist minimized, “There was a chance this could have turned deadly. A woman was arrested for allegedly firing three shots at police. Police said they did not shoot back.” Is someone an "activist" if they are shooting at cops? Instead of wondering this, Petersen focused on protesters:

WOMAN: Over 300 riot police came. They came with force and they bulldozed the camp and they bulldozed teepees. SECOND WOMAN: They maced people today. They tased them in the face. President Obama needs to stop this pipeline from happening. -- As though it wasn’t totally necessary, he told the CBS audience: “Police, obviously, have the upper hand here. They are armed. They have got Billy clubs. They also had pepper spray, bean bag guns.” Talking to yet another protester, Petersen sympathetically wondered how this all ends. The man responded, “We win. They don't build this pipeline and these guys get charged with human rights violations for the way they have been treating people.” Unlike CBS, Good Morning America’s Amy Robach on ABC noted that protesters were “even throwing homemade explosives at the officers.” On NBC’s Today, Miguel Almaguer warned, “After blocking a bridge and starting fires, police say one demonstrator fired a gun at officers.”

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