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CNN’s promotion of left-wing violence

Reminder:

CNN has been fairly silent about Antifa – until yesterday, when CNN did a whitewash piece on Antifa that failed to label it a terrorist, criminal or Trotskyite organization.

According to an early report from Daily Caller, this extract would be as close as CNN came to admitting anything might be bad about Antifa:

The group is known for causing damage to property during protests. In Berkeley, black-clad protesters wearing masks threw Molotov cocktails and smashed windows at the student union center where the [Milo] Yiannopoulos event was to be held.

Absent: Any mention of Eric Clanton or Antifa’s other injurious, criminal assaults on human beings.

Present: Extensive justification, for the supposed mere “property damage”, from Antifa representatives:

[Scott] Crow[, a longtime Antifa organizer,] said members use violence as a means of self-defense and they believe property destruction does not equate to violence. “There is a place for violence. Is that the world that we want to live in? No. Is it the world we want to inhabit? No. Is it the world we want to create? No. But will we push back? Yes,” Crow said.

Then more of the same, from another Antifa organizer.

CNN may have edited the piece after Daily Caller saw it. Looking at it now, I do see one additional mention that Antifa might be kinda violent – from a certain krazy, racist, Alt Right point of view. That mention is followed by another “But…”, with justifying comments from an Antifa organizer, to whom CNN grants the last word.

Still absent: any hint of Antifa being on New Jersey’s official terror watch list. From CNN, you’d never know. Sad to say, this all fits in a larger pattern.

No word yet on whether CNN will do anything about either Wilson or Boykin. I doubt they will.

I call on CNN to explicitly disavow Antifa, #BlackLivesMatter, and all left-wing bigotry and violence. I call on President Trump to make a similar call upon CNN and Democrats everywhere, on behalf of all Americans.

Eric Clanton update: His preliminary hearing was supposed to be last week, but is now in September. “Clanton was charged in May with four counts of assault with a deadly weapon, a felony, with the special allegation of causing great bodily injury to Sean Stiles. He was also charged with wearing a mask to evade identification, a misdemeanor.”

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15 Comments

  1. I remember when Bruce used to retweet Rick Wilson a lot. Must be pretty awkward for him now.

    Comment by Sean L — August 15, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - August 15, 2017

  2. And Dan used to be into Jennifer Rubin, now a nutcase. I don’t fault either Bruce or Dan. People rise and decline. When someone’s good, you quote them. When they decline later, you go “Oops” – but it’s not your fault, no embarrassment needed. It will happen to me or V (if it hasn’t already…hmm, Andrew Sullivan?).

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 15, 2017 @ 5:34 pm - August 15, 2017

  3. Point taken. We all have those people whom the very thought of makes us cringe and say, “God, glad I jumped that ship.”

    Comment by Sean L — August 15, 2017 @ 5:46 pm - August 15, 2017

  4. The excremental execrable Rick Wilson has yet to realize the he and his sorry band of morons are, in large part, what gave DJT his victory.

    Wilson, et al, have nothing but contempt for the people in this country that make a living doing something other than suckling at the government/political teat.

    Any candidate that uses this character’s “services” deserves to lose to anyone running against him/her. I’d vote for Hillary and Bernie if Wilson was on the other side.

    Comment by KCRob — August 15, 2017 @ 6:37 pm - August 15, 2017

  5. “I’d vote for Hillary and Bernie if Wilson was on the other side.”

    Woa. He is *that* “good”?!

    Impressive!

    Comment by Cyril — August 15, 2017 @ 6:59 pm - August 15, 2017

  6. was there any violence in charlotteville before antifa showed up?

    Comment by salg — August 15, 2017 @ 7:12 pm - August 15, 2017

  7. @6 You might be on to something.

    Where are Milo and the Berkeley police dept. when you need their insights?

    Comment by Cyril — August 15, 2017 @ 7:26 pm - August 15, 2017

  8. And Dan used to be into Jennifer Rubin, now a nutcase.

    Holy cow, not a false statement. In just the last hour she tweeted out the following:

    Anyone want to argue HRC would be worse?

    (Um, yes.)

    Strongly suggest @EdWGillespie call for Trump to resign. Nothing else will suffice at this point

    members of Congress who refuse to denounce Trump and declare they will not support for reelection should not be elected in 2017 or 2018

    (Yeah, that’ll go over real well in the special elections in AL & UT today.)

    She needs to go on a multi-year sabbatical in Middle America. Or receive medication for her severe case of TDS.

    Comment by RSG — August 15, 2017 @ 8:12 pm - August 15, 2017

  9. Wilson calls for “fascists” (i.e., anyone he doesn’t like) to be hanged from lamp posts.

    Meanwhile, in the People’s Republic of Oregon, three elementary schools- Lynch Wood, Lynch Meadows, and Lynch View (named after a family who donated the land for the schools) – are changing their names, because the word has connotations that might upset some snowflakes.

    Comment by Tom — August 15, 2017 @ 8:12 pm - August 15, 2017

  10. @9 if I had to let myself go and get upset every time that I saw a useful idiot wearing with pride a Che Guevara or “Capitalism Must Go!” T shirt, well, I’d have turned into an unrepentant mass murderer by now —

    thank goodness, instead, I’ve had the disgustingly enviable privilege to be kept busy enough in order to (be forced to) pay an ever increasing amount of my “fair share” amidst a fiat inflation more faithful to your wallet than a drunken sailor to his bottle.

    Comment by Cyril — August 15, 2017 @ 9:26 pm - August 15, 2017

  11. Trump:

    But you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides

    A large group of people organised and marched on Charlottesville and chanted “Blood and soil” and “F&ck you, f%ggots,” but Trump decided it was important to say that there were “very fine people” among that bunch.

    Just so I’m following correctly, it’s more important that the MSM denounce groups like Anti-Fa and BLM than the President of the U.S. making a statement like that.

    Comment by CrayCrayPatriot — August 16, 2017 @ 4:42 am - August 16, 2017

  12. Trump:

    But you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides

    Cray,Cray:

    Just so I’m following correctly, it’s more important that the MSM denounce groups like Anti-Fa and BLM than the President of the U.S. making a statement like that.

    Woe is you, Cray,Cray.

    The Robert E. Lee statue is an inert object. Some thoughtful people want it removed. Some thoughtful people want it left alone. They are willing to sit down and thoughtfully discuss their differences and try to reach a resolution. Like fine people do all of the time without pepper spraying each other in the process.

    Those are the people and that is their modus operandi which Trump was addressing. They WERE there along with the whackos and bigots who were prepared to rumble over being for white supremacy and those prepared to rumble against white supremacy.

    Cray,Cray you clearly jump from the Robert E. Lee statue as an inert object to the statue having a penumbra from which hatred emanates and causes abject misery in the souls of …. who? Fine people?

    You so hate President Donald J. Trump that if he discovered the cure for cancer, you would claim he invented cancer just to make himself look good.

    How can any sentient human being, unclouded with hate and bigotry look at Trump’s statement about the “fine people” in the sea of people and denounce Trump for making a statement like that????

    You, Cray,Cray have reduced the people of Charlottesville to a make-believe movie set of Troglodytes populated by the Antifa bigots and white supremacist bigots. God bless your twisted mind, you are in need of some real healing. Somehow you see this through the lens of Deliverance and O Brother, Where Art Thou? Well, if so, your morality tale pits asshole bigot group against asshole bigot group and you have a favorite. Sad and disgusting.

    Furthermore, Cray,Cray you tacitly oppose free speech. The First Amendment is trash to you. You favor a totalitarian approach to what constitutes “acceptable” speech, who may “peaceably” assemble and what a religion must accommodate. You can’t allow other people to believe differently from you, if what they believe gives you the sadz or triggers you.

    There. I have painted you as deplorable. How does it feel? Maybe like we real deplorables feel every time you leftist bigots do your totally myopic piety and righteousness dances.

    And how about your leftist government and their kindly police? When people show up to a free speech event and peaceably assemble with shields, helmets, clubs, pepper spray, bottles of urine, etc. what is it you leftists think is on their minds?

    Comment by Heliotrope — August 16, 2017 @ 8:50 am - August 16, 2017

  13. #12 – WHOA! Better put some ice on that, al-Cray-da (as your mentor and idol, serial rapist Bill Clinton, said to his victim Juanita Broadderick).

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — August 16, 2017 @ 9:59 am - August 16, 2017

  14. Helio, It’s difficult to have a conversation with you if we can’t even agree on the premise that the Tiki Torch March and the accompanying chants were a form of intimidation and terrorising on some of the minorities of Charlottesville .

    Comment by CrayCrayPatriot — August 17, 2017 @ 2:02 am - August 17, 2017

  15. the Tiki Torch March and the accompanying chants were a form of intimidation and terrorising on some of the minorities of Charlottesville

    OMG, you gotta be kidding!

    You know what’s intimidating and terrorizing? Physically attacking people (or threatening to).

    You know what *isn’t* physically attacking people (or threatening to)? Having a dumb little torch march with 50 followers in a park somewhere. (With FBI probably photographing everyone.)

    It’s when you block the dumb little torch march with 50 followers in a park somewhere, or use it as a poor excuse to shut down rights, that you radicalize them and start to get problems with actual violence.

    And how about that Second Amendment? If minorities in Charlottesville do feel intimidated or terrorized, let’s get them armed – responsibly (i.e. non-criminals, with training, etc.).

    And to claim that Trump had somehow praised the people saying “Blood and soil” (Nazi slogan) – when Trump very clearly condemned them and excluded them from praise, many times – is just malicious.

    http://www.gaypatriot.net/2017/08/16/triggering-the-media/ – Anyone can see his remarks. In context. (Quoting someone out of context is disallowed.)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 17, 2017 @ 2:24 am - August 17, 2017

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