RNC’s bizarre protest theater: Cops and journalists vastly outnumber actual protesters

Protesters clash over the American flag, July 19, 2016, in Cleveland, during the Republican convention. (Credit: AP/Alex Brandon)

CLEVELAND — Many people, not least the thousands of people who do some version of what I do, came here expecting trouble. In some cases, they were clearly relishing that possibility: Nothing makes a better story, or better images, than conflict. There isn’t a political reporter or commentator alive who hasn’t marveled at the footage of pitched battles...

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