What’s Really Going on in Seattle?


Are they peaceful protests or are they riots? Bonneville’s KTTH-AM Seattle host Jason Rantz was in the middle of the mayhem for ten hours this past Saturday. We spoke to Rantz yesterday to get his take on the situation.

Radio Ink: What’s going on out there? Is it a peaceful protest or a riot?
It was a riot. It wasn’t a peaceful protest. When you set fire to five construction trailers, ransack and destroy a Starbucks, throw a munition at a police station, and spend your afternoon hurling rocks, water bottles, and other items at cops, it ceases being peaceful. Anyone who treats this as just a run of the mill protest, or claims it’s just a few bad apples, are either lying or simply don’t know what they’re talking about. There have been peaceful protests. This wasn’t one of them.

Seattle protest photo courtesy Jason Rantz

Radio Ink: How is it being covered locally?
Rantz: Locally, radio and TV covered it well, highlighting the destruction and how out of control it got. The Seattle Times, however, was embarrassing in their coverage. They downplayed the violence significantly, they implied police were to blame, and took 14 paragraphs before they even got to the arson, and 18 paragraphs before they got to the munition attack.

Radio Ink: We’re not really hearing much about what’s going on in the national news?
Rantz: Nationally, the only meaningful and honest coverage I’ve seen consistently is from FOX News. I’ve been on Tucker Carlson Tonight, FOX News at Night, Neil Cavuto Coast to Coast, and the Daily Briefing for weeks covering what’s happening and why. MSNBC and CNN have leaned on Mayor Jenny Durkan as a guest, who is trying to turn this into a Seattle vs Trump issue. It’s not. We had three riots in one week. That is out of control and it has nothing to do with Trump.

Check out more pictures Jason took during the weekend of protesting and rioting HERE.


  1. OK all you courageous writers who don’t use your real names, defend away. There is no excuse for any of the violence on either side, and if you read and learn, you’ll find that there was much hysterical over-reporting of the violence, and much under-reporting of peaceful protest. 400 years of systemic racism is what should be on trial here, not the actions of protesters. Perhaps looked at in that context, the actions taken in protest are a bit easier to understand. The draconian police-state response? Perhaps less so.

    • What “400 years of systemic racism” are you talking about? The country isn’t even 400 years old and what was ‘systemic’ – meaning put in place by govt – does not exist. It’s been 60+ years since ‘colored only’ has existed. If anything, the racism is pointed in the opposite direction, from the virulently racist ‘white privilege’ meme to Asians being shafted in college admissions.

      If you are a minority of any quality, organizations and businesses are tripping over themselves to hire you. Diversity and inclusion are a multi-million dollar industry. Meanwhile, a rash of social dysfunction continues to plague certain communities and the usual suspects continue trying to ignore it.

      You can put the past on trial all you like but it does not absolve the present. A minority is exponentially more likely to be killed by someone of the same race than by a cop of any race. The idea that a child today can be born with pre-existing grievances toward another child born today is lunacy on steroids.

  2. The rioting, looting, burning and the property damage speaks for itself. Passing the buck or politicizing these tragic events demonstrates those who cannot see what is before their eyes lack “critical thinking skills.” Moreover, condone these acts or lending support that such acts are justified is just one more example of the moral rot seen in our society by those whose minds have been hijacked.

    “Man is a being with free will; therefore, each man is potentially good or evil, and it’s up to him and only him (through his reasoning mind) to decide which he wants to be.” – Ayn Rand

  3. Yeah, I don’t buy this very one-dimensional account of these events. There have been plenty of reports that differ markedly from this particular reporter’s version. I’m sure all the Trump acolytes will weigh in and object, but there is plenty of evidence of the fact that the actions of the federal storm troopers are causing a lot of the conflict. Frankly, I find it irresponsible to allow this kind of exposure in this forum to a person with such pronounced bias that he became a FAUX News contributor.

    • The riots in Seattle and Portland started long before Federal agents arrived. How can you possibly claim they are responsible for things that happened before they were there? And, do you have any idea what “storm troopers” really did? Can you compare that to Federal agents protecting Federal buildings?

    • You don’t believe this one-dimensional account, but of course the other reports which you do believe are clearly not one-dimensional, no sirree, it’s all Trump’s fault for being a violent racist!

    • The feds weren’t deployed the night of the riot.
      And they weren’t even in the city during the last 2 months of erratic violence and CHAZ

  4. Kudos to Radio Ink for providing a fresh (and honest) perspective with regard to what’s going on in Seattle. Thank you for giving the truth a platform.

  5. “When you set fire to five construction trailers, ransack and destroy a Starbucks, throw ammunition at a police station, and spend your afternoon hurling rocks, water bottles, and other items at cops, it ceases being peaceful.” What a refreshingly HONEST point of view!!! Thanks for sharing! I miss the days of when Walter Cronkite would read the news and let his viewers decide for themselves; instead of telling us what to think.

    • Except that Walter Cronkite was lying through his teeth to us. He convinced the American public that the US lost the Tet offensive in 1968 when in fact it was a clear cut victory for the US forces there. It was such a complete defeat for the North Vietnamese that they admitted after the war that they were ready to call it quits. They knew they had been decisively defeated and that America was on the verge of winning the Vietnam war. Then they heard how Cronkite was reporting it in the US and they decided to hang in there. The rest is history. Nothing like giving aid and comfort to the enemy. The only difference between then and now is that Walter Cronkite didn’t have the internet to hold him accountable, but make now mistake about it, he was a liar.


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