Memo to the Associated Press: The better word, IMHO, is rioters, not protestors.
Feel free to comment if you disagree. I could see it both ways. I just hate to glorify these yahoos with anything that possesses even an ounce of nobility, however misplaced. I suppose terrorists could be considered mere protestors, too, from a certain (wrong) point of view.
Also: Is there a reason that anarchists come out to destroy cars and buses and to start fires in the streets to protest the RNC convention but not the DNC convention? Did I miss the news about anarchist riots during the DNC convention, or is rioting during the other party’s convention the standard operating procedure for how an anarchist endorses a candidate? (Is it self-contradictory for an anarchist to have a standard operating procedure?)
Has anyone done an exhaustive comparison of the kinds of (and sizes of and intensities of) protests that accompany each party’s conventions? Might be interesting…