Reading an article, not an opinion piece from CNN one would get the opinion that people are not responsible for their own actions, but rather minions of a controlled mindset led by a devious mastermind bent on controlling someone. A deep controlling entity viewing only their media enterprise, and filled with such contempt for them, that they would act irrationally and out of character for a human being.
After suspicious packages were sent to many people that Trump had mentioned at his rallies, CNN has taken the position, that the alleged bomber is directly tied to the brain of President Trump. In their article, which is NOT an opinion piece they cite while discussing the suspicious packages, “What do the targets have in common? They’ve all been targeted by President Donald Trump and made into bogeymen for the far-right, often on Fox News by opinion anchors like Sean Hannity.”
While, this article is an example of not holding accountable a person who acted upon vitriol he had heard it indeed makes the claim of blaming the victim. Because the people whom had received the packages were indeed the ones whom Trump had discussed at his rallies.
However, a close examination of their vitriolic article, it is easy to see, why someone would contemplate these actions. Calling out Fake News, at CNN, does not necessarily portray a visceral feeling of hate or contempt, however CNN making the claim, of blaming the victim could easily upset a normal person. People who act irrationally do so because they are irrational. Is CNN necessarily acting, or commentating in a rational manner? According to CNN, Trump has criticized their network numerous times. Where as their network has reported non-stop since before his presidency on negative Trump issues. In fact, on slow news days, they have been known to resort back to previous Trump stories just to show contempt for him. Trump is one man, vs an entire network, with 24/7 coverage cycle, portraying him in a negative form.
As for other examples, lets examine the rhetoric of Maxine Waters, democrat in California at a rally she was holding. “If you see anybody from that administration, in a restaurant, at a department store, at a gasoline station; you get out and create a crowd, and you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome.
According to Obama Attorney General Eric Holder, while holding a meeting, he made the claim, “when they go low, we kick them”, resulting in laughter from his audience.
Another example is previous presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about. That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again.”
Other examples of poor behavior on behalf of anti-trump supporters can all too well recall Madonna, donning a black cap designed to resemble kitten ears and her vitriolic diatribe where she claimed, “yes, i have thought an awful lot about blowing up the white house” to a crowd of screaming crowd.
According to WND, The Obama administration’s former Attorney General Loretta Lynch has made an impassioned video plea for more marching, blood and death on the streets – a video that was later posted on the Facebook page of Senate Democrats as “words of inspiration.”
Trump supporters, being asked to leave establishments, for openly supporting their candidate, Trump supporters being harassed for attending events where conservative speakers are featured. The vitriol is non-ending, and CNN and other media outlets who allege they are valid news sources are in a race to discover what new scandal they can uncover with respect to a sitting president. Yet claim they are the victim of his perhaps distasteful commentary.
If anyone is a victim, it is the American public who are forced by the establishments they visit, airports, restaurants, bars, to watch the endless hours of political commentary aimed at portraying the President they elected as anything less than the President. They are the real victims here, not a network who divisively portrays the president and the people who believe in him as racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, unintelligent, anti-Americans.
When media outlets report the news, with facts, and qualify their rhetoric as political commentary instead of news worthy topics, perhaps they can then be held with the respect they deserve as journalists, and regain their journalistic integrity, until then they should be labeled and registered as a political pac.