Charleston: CNN’s Sick Pattern of Using the Dead as Political Weapons Against the Right

Charleston Shooting
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Under the leadership of Jeff Zucker, we have all witnessed CNN turn into The PornTragedy Network, a ghoulish reality show channel that grabs hold of human disasters and milks them dry.

That’s bad enough, but CNN goes even further. If you are paying attention, you will see that every tragedy is also exploited by CNN into a political weapon to be used against their enemies on the Right.

Even before Zucker, when more than a dozen children were massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary, CNN went all in on gun control. Not because any gun control law ever proposed would have stopped this mass murder; not because gun control had anything to do with a sick, twisted, evil young man gunning down a bunch of school children. No, CNN’s approach here is purely partisan…

CNN used a pile of dead elementary schoolchildren — not to find a solution to ensure such an abomination never happens again — but as a way to put Republicans, gun-lovers, the NRA, and everyone else CNN hates on automatic defense.

Instead of addressing mental health issues, how gun-free zones attract mass-shooters, asking why in God’s name we leave our children unguarded, or merely waiting for the facts, CNN brings up guns.

After the Zucker era began, CNN did the same with Trayvon Martin in a major way. A black teenager is shot in self defense by a Hispanic male. Immediately, CNN is attacking Stand Your Ground laws — which, again, didn’t have anything to do with anything involved in the shooting. Stand Your Ground wasn’t even part of Zimmerman’s defense.

But by manufacturing a narrative around Stand Your Ground, CNN could bring Republicans and conservatives into the studio to berate them and put them in a rhetorical box — you either oppose Stand Your Ground or YOU HATE BLACK PEOPLE.

CNN was able to bring race into the Trayvon Martin shooting by lying about George Zimmerman’s race. Instead of reporting Zimmerman is Hispanic, CNN dishonestly (and intentionally) described him as white.

Within minutes of the Amtrak derailment, CNN was feasting on the dead over the issue of infrastructure. Not only did CNN refuse once again to wait for the facts, in the end, we discovered that infrastructure didn’t have anything to do with anything. Amtrak had all the safety equipment necessary. It was bureaucracy that stopped it from getting installed on time.

Once that became known, CNN dropped the Amtrak story.

Even though some CNN obsessive news coverage about ineffectual government bureaucracy might save lives, those lives aren’t important enough to CNN for them to question the effectiveness of the bloated federal government.

Regardless, for at least a couple of days CNN was able to jiu jitsu the dead bodies of a tragic train crash into an attack against the Right by screaming INFRASTRUCTURE. Either you agreed with CNN that untold billions needed to be immediately spent by our bloated federal government on infrastructure or you wanted people to die in train accidents.

Nine innocent people murdered in cold blood by a racist maniac in Charleston, South Carolina, has CNN positively giddy. On top of gun control, they can now go after the Confederate Flag, which, again, had nothing to do with anything. But raising the issue does allow CNN anchors to put Republicans and conservatives into that emotional blackmail box.

For the record, I don’t like the Confederate Flag — and never have. What I truly despise, though, is CNN cynically holding the flag as ransom against their political enemies.

No matter how heinous the event, CNN always finds a way to exploit death and murder into a political weapon against the Right. This is true even when conservatives are the victims, or the intended victims.

When two jihadists inspired by ISIS attempted to murder everyone attending a free speech event around a Draw Mohammed Cartoon Contest, CNN blamed the victims. The murderers and their sick ideology and Obama’s inability to fight ISIS wasn’t the issue — Pamela Geller was. All Geller was guilty of is what we see in newspapers every day: organizing editorial cartoons. Moreover, she was bravely pushing back against savages attempting to strip her of her rights.

Nevertheless, CNN spent days pounding and personally browbeating Geller for “instigating” a terror attack.  The execrable Erin Burnett even asked Geller if she “relished” being hunted by jihadists.

No matter the tragedy, CNN never does this to Democrats. Never. Not even when Baltimore explodes, a city run by Democrats for a half-century. When that happens, the failed clowns who run Baltimore are allowed to come on the air unchallenged and blame America for their failures.

That’s another thing CNN uses tragedy for — an excuse to bring leftists on the air and just let them rant unchallenged against the Right.

As I’ve documented time and again, under Jeff Zucker, CNN is guilty of a behavior much more heinous and evil than this.

But CNN’s ghoulish use of corpses — children, parishioners, or anyone else — in this way, is still worth pointing out.

Oh, and if you’ll notice, CNN’s post-tragedy Narratives are always-always-always perfectly in line with Obama’s and the Democrats’ talking points.


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