Thursday, January 5, 2017

Don Lemon, Head Clown of the Media Circus

Don Lemon is a prime-time CNN anchor. I don't watch him, but r/the_donald loves to play clips of him exercising his right to be a moron. For a laugh, watch this clip of him inadvertently blowing the cover on a CNN fake news segment. I think I commented at the time that if you could sum up CNN in one short clip, that one would do.

There's nothing wrong when a person is not intellectually inclined, we all excel in different areas, but he certainly seems cognitively underpowered for his role. But what's worse is that he is an ideologue. His bias is simply unrestrained. Frankly I'm surprised that CNN would continue to employ a spokesman so poor at hiding the propaganda, but then again CNN doesn't generally try very hard in that regard. (see my 20-minutes of CNN coverage post).

Today that bias was exposed to epic proportions when he made the following comments on the recent events in Chicago.

I don’t think it’s evil. I don’t think it’s evil,” Lemon responded. “I think these are young people, and I think they have bad home training.” 

The host continued:
And I say, “Who’s raising these young people?” I have no idea who’s raising these young people, because no one I know on earth who is 17 years old or 70 years old would ever think of treating another person like that. It is inhumane. And you wonder, at 18 years old, where’s your parent? Where’s your guardian?

So that's pretty incredible by itself. You're talking about a group of people kidnapping and torturing a mentally handicapped man for 48 hours because of his race, and livestreaming it, and you don't see that as evil? I've never heard a more convincing argument on the need for religion in my life. I'm almost afraid to ask, but Mr Lemon, what is your threshold for evil? Do I even want to know?

Now let's give him the benefit of the doubt. Let's assume that these legal adults have no concept of right and wrong, and "home training" is to be blamed. Sure they're legal adults, but they're teens, right?

Dylann Roof was 19 when he shot and killed several in a black church in Charleston. So Lemon must have shown the same restraint, yes? Declined to call the act evil, question the parenting, etc.

No, he called Roof a terrorist.

Both acts were clearly hate crimes, as they were racially driven, but the Chicago Kidnappers were closer to terrorism, as they were using violence for political objectives. If Roof is a terrorist, then undoubtedly the Chicago Kidnappers are. So I wonder, to those who might defend Mr. Lemon. Is he saying that terrorism is not evil, or is he just using whatever words are available to promote his ideology at all times, with zero concern for consistency or objectivity? Keep in mind this is CNN's prime-time anchor. Does he lack a moral compass, or is he just a blatant propagandist with zero journalistic integrity?

A note on coverage

Just one other point I'd like to tag on to this. I completely blame the media and our political "leaders" for this. They've created an environment where so many people have bought the "whites are racist" narrative that these kidnappers actually livestreamed their crime. Why would they want the world to see the deeds if they didn't think they'd get praise from their peers?

I can hear it now, "well if you blame BLM and the media for Chicago then you have to blame white supremacy promoters for Charleston." But the difference is, the KKK don't have media sympathizers broadcasting to a national prime-time audience. Skinheads were never invited to the White House. With great power comes great responsibility. To compare the the tiny corner of the internet dedicated to white supremacy with a vast media empire and the top ranks of our political establishment that promote the leftist BLM narrative is not even an apples-to-oranges comparison. It is an apples-to-planets comparison. And to even make the equivocacy doesn't say much for said media/political establishment, does it?

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