He’ll be tough to beat.
Former ESPN NBA reporter Chris Palmer for some reason felt qualified to offer his ethical guidance regarding the burning and looting in Minneapolis. As the first full night of riots got underway, Palmer re-tweeted a photo of a burning building with the caption, “Burn that shit down. Burn it all down.” That “shit” was Midtown Corner’s planned affordable housing project. Then the riots moved closer to home, so Palmer was indignant. After all, they destroyed A STARBUCKS!!!!
Palmer took down his first BurnBabyBurn tweet, but in the immortal tradition of society’s worst assholes, doubled down. “I took rubber bullets and tear gas yesterday standing on the front lines. I risked my life trying to get pictures and video. Don’t talk to me about what you don’t know about little girl,” he wrote to one Twitter critic. OK, you’re an asshole who does his job when it gets tough. How does that mitigate cheering on property destruction when it affects others and whining when it comes to your back yard and threatens your supply of elite coffee?
Later, when another critic wrote, “You can’t be with the chaos one minute then when it’s at your front door you switch up,” Palmer responded, “You better damn well believe I can.”
Whatever Twitter’s abundant and irredeemable faults, it sure does a great job at exposing the worst people in the media and politics.