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.”
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.