Minutes after news broke of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield suggested racism might have contributed to the Ebola patient’s death.
While talking with her guest about the possibility of a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital, Banfield said, “You cannot rule out the notion that he had no Social Security number when he went to the hospital, and had a strong, thick West African accent. And his partner even said he’s from Liberia.”
Banfield is referring to reports that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital sent Duncan home on September 20 with antibiotics.
Later in the segment, Banfield said that she didn’t believe “malice” had anything to with the hospital’s actions, which completely contradicted what she suggested just a few minutes earlier.
Without a hint of evidence, CNN seems to have decided that the tragic death of Mr. Duncan and this unspeakably awful West African Ebola outbreak is gist for racial-hatred mill. While Texans and Americans worry about the possibility of an outbreak on our own shores, CNN doesn’t seem to think that’s a sexy enough story; so let’s throw some unfounded racial speculation on the fire.
Banfield mentioned nothing about any reporting to back up her race baiting.
During CNN’s Jeff Zucker-era, which is about 18 months old, this kind of irresponsible racial taunting has become the new standard at the failing leftwing cable news outlet. With no evidence, or even a completed investigation, CNN spent more than a week ginning up racial division in Ferguson, Missouri, over this past summer.
During the George Zimmerman episode, and although no investigation has shown race had anything to do with the Hispanic Zimmerman’s shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin, CNN fabricated evidence and repeatedly described Zimmerman as white in order to fan the hatred of racial division.
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