CNN was on the streets in Kenosha, Wisconsin, this week as protesters marched against police brutality following the police-shooting of Jacob Blake.
These protests may have started peacefully, but they quickly erupted into violent demonstrations including arson and rioting. But, CNN tried to turn a blind eye to the violence, calling the protests: “fiery but mostly peaceful.”
The coverage came during a segment with CNN’s Omar Jimenez, who was standing in front of a couple of vehicles that were on fire.
He said he was located at “one of the multiple locations that have been burning in Kenosha, Wisconsin, over the course of the night.”
“Police started using some of those crowd dispersal tactics like tear gas, even playing very loud sounds to push them out,” he continued, as the CNN broadcast shared a chyron which read: “FIERY BUT MOSTLY PEACEFUL PROTESTS AFTER POLICE SHOOTING.”
“The common theme that ties all of this together is an expression of anger and frustration over what people feel like has become an all-too-familiar story,” Jimenez added.
The Western Journal reports:
In his commentary, Jimenez said daytime protests Monday were peaceful, but — as has been the pattern throughout the urban unrest that began in May after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis — turned violent after dark.
On a night when buildings were torched and businesses were vandalized, Jimenez summed up the lawlessness by saying “things began to get a little bit more contentious, things were thrown back and forth.”
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As Jimenez spoke, the video CNN played beside him showed rioters throwing objects at a line of law enforcement personnel.
In a since-deleted tweet, Eric Trump criticized CNN for the coverage. He said it was “unbelievable” and called CNN “a total embarrassment for our country.”
Several other conservatives joined in:
CNN ran the chyron tonight: "FIERY BUT MOSTLY PEACEFUL PROTESTS AFTER POLICE SHOOTING" while a fire raged in the background. pic.twitter.com/nEIKhTrepE
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) August 27, 2020
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) August 27, 2020
You cannot make this up… A CNN reporter is standing in front of a building engulfed in flames and CNN's chyron reads:
"FIERY BUT MOSTLY PEACEFUL PROTESTS AFTER POLICE SHOOTING" pic.twitter.com/4OHvKnh63u
— Kelb Hull (@CalebJHull) August 27, 2020
Is it a requirement to deny objective reality if you work for CNN? https://t.co/u8dIwMzjuy
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) August 27, 2020