Progressive journalist Cenk Uygur, who hosts the popular online news show “The Young Turks” with Ana Kasparian, suggested Thursday the Wednesday riot at the University of California – Berkeley was conducted by right-wingers.
Uygur and Kasparian addressed the riot in an episode titled, “Why The Media Is Wrong On Berkeley Protest.” Ugyur maintained that there is no way to know who the protesters are even though anti-fascist “black bloc” protesters have essentially taken credit for the violence.
“Could the right-wing come in masked? Could it be 4chan guys who come in to cause trouble so they can then turn around and do exactly what they did today, ‘Oh you have to take away the funding from Berkeley?,'” Uygur asked.
He said that Berkeley is teaching science and facts, and “the right-wing hates facts.” “What a convenient Reichstag fire we just had,” Uygur, a former MSNBC host, added.
Kasparian chimed in that it could be a “clever strategy by the right.”
Former Berkeley professor and Clinton administration labor secretary Robert Reich said on CNN Thursday night that “there are rumors” that the protesters “were right-wingers.”