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Portland used to be a relatively safe, if not odd city. As a west coast liberal bastion, you were never going to mistake it for Fort Worth, but there was at least a sense that their “different” wasn’t catastrophic.

That’s dramatically changed over the last several years as the far-left leadership in Portland has given way to a mix of Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and general anarchists. Nightly acts of violence occur, including the continued destruction of federal buildings, which I’ve been assured means an insurrection is occurring.

But it’s not just the rioting that’s causing so much pain in the city. Things like murders are also up 800% in what can only be described as a shockingly terrible rise.

Any guesses of what these cities have in common?

In addition to having some elected officials that don’t do their jobs, the leadership in all of these cities turned the keys over to the “Defund the Police” mob. pic.twitter.com/rF5QLskXqE

— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) May 25, 2021

In other words, things have gotten to the point where the media now have to come out of hiding on this issue and try to cover their backsides. Thus, you get The Washington Post actually trying to take credit for exposing the disaster that “defund the police” has been for Portland.

I responded accordingly when I saw Johnathan Chait trying to pull the bait and switch.

“Deeply-reported”…Right-leaning sites have been saying this for years. But this is what the media do. They crap all over a story until it fits their narrative, then they pretend they did something amazing by admitting it. https://t.co/OmnUA2fckq

— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) June 1, 2021

RedState (and basically every other right-leaning news site) has been reporting extensively on the chaos in Portland. For examples, see here, here, and here. For the Post to now try to take credit for exposing all this is gaslighting of the highest order.

In fact, these are the same mainstream outlets that dismissed the idea that Portland had a problem in the past. You may remember the episode where

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