CNN has a shiny new object.
It’s not another Trump tweet, although they have been hammering the president-elect around the clock for taking a congratulatory phone call from the president of Taiwan.
No, this time it’s a gunman who entered a pizzeria because he reportedly wanted to investigate the well known false news story that Hillary Clinton and close allies ran a child sex ring out of said pizzeria. The gunman wanted to independently investigate the claims and walked in armed. It’s also being reported that the gunman fired one round that didn’t hit anyone, but we have not verified this.
What makes makes producers at CNN drool over this story is two-fold.
First, they get to continue the narrative that the election was stolen from Hillary Clinton by, among other things, the prevalence of fake news stories that were negative about her.
The second reason CNN and other major media outlets love this story is that they get to warn the masses just how dangerous these fake news stories ( which they have been condemning for weeks) can be, now that they literally have a smoking gun. On this evening’s broadcast, senior anchor Wolf Blitzer decried how dangerous fake news had become. “The threat becomes perilous,” Blitzer firmly pointed out.
One of the guests, former top aide to President Obama, David Axelrod, repeated a claim that had been heard throughout the day on the network – that news organizations and people are entitled to their own set opinions, but not their own set of facts.”
But covering law enforcement news for the past couple of years, we at LEO Affairs have seen and heard, first hand, the nationally de-stabilizing effect of fake news – fake news that CNN peddled nonstop for months.
It’s the fake news that has lead to the targeted killing of several law enforcement officers, devastating riots throughout the country which have destroyed communities, and driven a wedge between law enforcement and the communities they protect.
CNN was a major player in promoting the false narrative that Michael Brown had his hands up in surrender when he was shot and killed by a racist police officer.
The ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ mantra became a rallying cry for protesters, rioters and those who just plain want anarchy. It was the fake story that got the snowball rolling and is now part of the reason law enforcement officers around the country are being targeted and killed at a completely unprecedented rate.
So our hope is that someone who gets interviewed about the dangers of fake news stories by the network remembers this one-of-many anti-police fake news stories promoted by CNN, and asks them to reflect on the racial divide it caused, as well as the outrageous number of attacks on police that it led to.
We’ve covered in detail how CNN is a biased news source in the past, with anchors like Brooke Baldwin and her comments about officers and veterans, and absurd headlines that paint officers as blood-thirsty killers, so of course this tragic hypocrisy did not escape us.
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