CNN’s View of the Police

June 15th, 2015 12 Comments

Fredricka Whitfield

 

What is going on with CNN and the police departments across this country?

After the Michael Brown shooting in Fergusson, Missouri, CNN hosts Sally Kohn, Margaret Hoover, Sunny Hostin, and Mel Robbins all expressed support for the “protestors” (looters and thugs, is how I would have characterized them), holding up their hands in a “hands-up-don’t-shoot” solidarity gesture, and pontificating about police “overreach.” I don’t know how or when defending your life against a three-hundred-pound thug became overreach, but that was how they described it.

During the Baltimore riots, CNN’s Brooke Baldwin appeared to suggest that military veterans who become police officers are part of the problem, implying that PTSD leaves them unfit for public service.

During the same riots, CNN’s Chris Cuomo, on air, told a young black “protestor” to “…be careful, because you know how they [the police] are…” as if the police should somehow have been even more restrained than they were in Baltimore.

Then, CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill expressed the following opinion: “There shouldn’t be calm tonight. Black people are dying in the streets. They’ve been dying in the streets for months, years, decades, centuries. I think there can be resistance to oppression and when resistance occurs, you can’t circumscribe resistance… I’m not calling these people rioters. I’m calling these uprisings and I think it’s an important distinction to make… What I’m saying is we can’t pathologize [sic] people who, after decades and centuries of police terrorism, have decided to respond in this way…” Mr. Hill went on at a later date to describe the police as, “an occupying force in the hood.”

Now consider, specifically, CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield’s assessment of the man who opened fire on a Dallas police station from an armored vehicle booby-trapped with pipe bombs. Instead of categorizing that individual as a rabid coyote, she called him, “brave and courageous.” She later declined to apologize, only tersely saying that she, “misspoke.”

Indeed.

It may be a popular pastime for some to attack the police and highlight every case of bad while ignoring the countless daily incidences of courage and kindness and self-sacrifice, but when it sinks down into praising would-be cop-killers, I lose my patience.

To hell with CNN. To hell, specifically, with Fredricka Whitfield.

 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The hands up don’t shot narrative was proven to be false. That doesn’t stop the usual suspects from promoting this story.

  2. Anonymous says:

    To hell with almost every “news” source available whether in newsprint, online or on television. The degree of sensationalism is sickening, the slanting of the facts and outright false statements are ludicrous and the ridiculous opinions of journalists is enough to make one either laugh or cry, depending of course if you’ve got a drink in your hand at the time. These so called journalists feel they need to have an outrageous opinion to gain popularity, or to garner attention or to remain current or some such stupid reason. Since when did news anchors become celebrities or personalities? They used to be rather dry characters who “reported” the news and then let us gather around the dinner table later or the office cooler the next day and surmise, discuss and form our own damn opinions. Those journalists and news anchors who gave opinion pieces used to be seasoned, experienced and knowledgeable professionals, whose opinions we actually wanted to hear.
    The only certainty is that I read and watch less news, preferring to skim the headlines, just to make sure the sky isn’t falling or aliens haven’t landed. If there is a trustworthy and intelligent news source out there, for God’s sake, let me know.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hello JP,

    I’m really shattered by this woman’s comment. That’s absolutely irresponsible and I’m afraid she really meant what she was saying.
    The guy with the pipe bomb is an assassin and nothing else. Everyone who attacks anyone else if not in self-defense is a criminal. This was just an act of dastardliness and not of bravery.
    In this heated up situation at the moment one should even more think before talking. If there was an intelligence test prefixed to the permission to speak the world (and particularly the parlament buildings) would be a real nice and quiet place!
    I honestly hope the raised temperes will calm down again in the near future and there won’t be any innocent victims.

    This was most certainly not helpful. 🙁

    Anyway best wishes

    NW

  4. Anonymous says:

    « Brave et courageux » C’est ce cette personne a dit ? Pour moi, c’est un barbare, un fou, un criminel. Une tragédie a été évitée de justesse et encore une fois des innocents auraient pu être tués ou blessés……. Comment peut-on cautionner de tels actes 🙁
    Anita

  5. Anonymous says:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-w-whitehead/prisons-without-walls-wer_b_7588404.html?utm_source=Alert-blogger&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Email%2BNotifications

    This sort of does relate to the subject somewhat. Some of this writer’s opinion seems far-fetched at best.

    My husband works for the United States Postal service and I have never heard of him mention any program that keeps track of people’s mail. In fact, most of the time he talks about how disorganized and careless the plant he works in is. You mail is more likely to get lost or destroyed then read. The only time they segregate the mail is if their is some kind of powder on it or they believe it contains hazard material. One time they had a letter with some suspicious powder and they were in an uproar over it. They tested the powder and found out it was powdered sugar. One of the employees was eating powdered donuts while handling the mail.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The sad thing about all this is how the cities have suffered for these paid thugs behavior (and yes, some of them were paid to participate in Ferguson as well as Baltimore and I think NYC).

    The crime rate has increased in Baltimore, because now the police believe (and I think they are right), is that the city officials don’t have their back. If something should go wrong, the fear of being attacked or they themselves be arrested keeps them from doing their work.

    The citizens of Baltimore have no one to blame but themselves….but I doubt that they will.

    I just feel like this world has gotten so Topsy Turvy…what was right is now wrong, was was male is now female.

    I am praying for Divine Intervention….to turn this country back around.

    Mary Ellen

  7. Anonymous says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/oreilly/index.html#/v/4291450181001

    Billy O’Reilly talking points Disrespect for authority. This includes comments by Rudy Giuliani.

  8. Anonymous says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/oreilly/index.html#/v/4286601354001

    The War on Cops. This talking point was earlier this month, but it does talk about some of the same things that your blog does.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I’m thinking you don’t watch Saturday Night Live. They sort of “summed up” what CNN has become with this:

    http://www.hitfix.com/news/snl-nailed-this-sketch-on-cnns-ridiculous-graphic-reenactments#

    I honestly can not pinpoint when it happened as I was never a faithful viewer…but boy, did it happen,

    JJ

  10. Anonymous says:

    http://www.glennbeck.com/2014/12/04/do-black-lives-really-matter-glenn-reads-the-stunning-list-of-black-people-murdered-in-chicago-being-ignored-by-activists-and-protesters/

    The media especially CNN keeps saying that young black men are being hunted down by white police. This statement is ridiculous. Why isn’t Al Sharpton taking protester to Chicago or Detroit? Young black men are being murdered in large numbers in these cities. You don’t hear anything about this on CNN or MSNBC. The only time this is reported is on local news stations. In Detroit this is a real problem. Every night on local news you hear about another murder of a African American person or even in some cases young black children.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I wish they would just report the news and not create the news. The news media today moves so fast to twist facts and drive opinions.

    TD Bauer
    Wisconsin

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