A number of news sources are terming a tussle last night on the corner of Telegraph and Durant as a “riot”. The only on-the-scene coverage seems to be the Daily Californian, which has been picked up and sensationalized by the Huffington Post (Berkeley RIOT: Fire, Destruction is the balanced headline, complete with the all-caps “RIOT”).

Reading the Daily Cal’s report, watching the YouTube video above, and having driven through the area this morning, riot seems a hugely overblown term for 200 people getting out of hand for a little more than one hour. Read the Daily Cal report, have a look at its slideshow and make up your own mind.

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Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...