Attorney General William Barr on Sunday accused the national media of advancing its own "narrative" by intentionally neglecting facts around violent protests in Portland, Oregon, and in other cities across the country.
During an interview with Mark Levin on Fox News' "Life, Liberty & Levin," Barr said that while rioters attack law enforcement and hurl objects at them, mainstream media reports on "peaceful demonstrators" instead.
"They are projecting a narrative. When the word narrative came into currency, I knew we were in trouble because the word narrative really suggests there is no objective truth," Barr said. "There is no real story of what happened, it's just everyone has their own narrative, and you get to then the press can justify presenting a story that doesn't really correspond to the objective truth, but it's our narrative. We have a narrative. You have a narrative."
Barr also said he was "appalled" by the dishonest coverage of the violence, especially since "it's happening right out in the streets."
"Anyone with eyes can see what's happening. They see the violence, they see these groups of agitators in their black outfits, and their helmets, and their shields, which incidentally have the – have the hammer and sickle on them most of the time, rushing the police, causing violence, throwing rocks, people showing up with the rocks and frozen bottles," Barr said. "That's happening. It's happening in front of people."
Barr said those who cannot see the riots and looting in person may never know how truly violent the demonstrations have become because they are "being told a lie by the media."
"You don't see it on any of the national news. You don't see it on the networks, you don't see it on the other cable stations," Barr said. "And yet you hear about these peaceful demonstrators. So it's – it's a lie."