I came across this article in the Australian today, linked by a Facebook friend of mine who is blue to the core. I think it could have been drafted by the CCP..... what's up with the Australian?!
"A Hong Kong-based lawyer friend and long-time contact yelled at me on Monday while echoing the sentiments of many here, furious at what they see as “appalling bias” in reporting which has glossed over the violence and vandalism of the protesters.“You’re a journalist and you guys are responsible for a lot of this now. Every camera is pointed in one direction to paint this false narrative of the police as brutal bastards and the protesters as heroic democrats with a noble cause,” he said. “The coverage emboldens them and now they think they can get away with anything.”
"Many here are now cowed into silence. A prominent Australian Hong Kong businesswoman told me: “No one is prepared to speak on the record because media is fuelling this as a spectator sport"
"The hapless police are in a no-win situation. Molotov cocktails, bricks prised from the pavement, iron bars — anything with the potential to cause injury or death to police — are hurled at police who surround the protesters. But unlike in the past when this level of civil disobedience would not have been tolerated, police are hamstrung by the weak leadership of government. So they stand back, taking too long to move in, clear the radicals and restore order."
When I read the bio of the guy who wrote this, he seems pretty good. But this (and quite a few similar other articles by him on the site) don't seem to be at all balanced.
I agree that the situation is not ideal; but ignoring the brutality of the police in fuelling the anger seems like a pretty big deal to me. And quoting only people "anti" protestor rather than also picking up some of the views from the other side again somewhat biased.