CNN Panel Mimics Discredited ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,’ Exalt: ‘Our Hearts Are...With Them’

December 15th, 2014 6:48 PM

Today’s “Mainstream Media Scream” for the spotlighted a low moment Saturday afternoon on CNN when the panel of analysts put up their hands to mimic the long-ago discredited “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” narrative out of the Ferguson, Missouri shooting.

Leading into an ad break just before 4 PM EST on December 13, CNN political analyst Sally Kohn noted the anti-police protests occurring in New York City and Washington, DC and proclaimed: “We want you to know that our hearts are out there marching with them.”

Paul Bedard’s “Mainstream Media Scream” post:

This week’s Mainstream Media Scream features a CNN panel that struck a hands-up pose of solidarity with street protesters challenging the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury verdict, and other similar decisions not to bring charges against police in the shooting of black suspects.

It occurred on CNN’s Saturday broadcast. The three with their hands up: CNN analyst Margaret Hoover, Sally Kohn, also a CNN political analyst, and Mel Robbins, a CNN legal analyst. Sunny Hostin, CNN legal analyst, held up a piece of paper with “I can’t breathe” written on it.

During their on-air commentary, Kohn said, “Right now, thousands of Americans are marching in New York and Washington and across the country, demanding a justice system that applies the same to everybody and honors our values. We want you to know that our hearts are out there marching with them.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “So much for CNN’s ‘the most trusted name in news’ slogan, picking up and endorsing a discredited narrative which advances a left-wing view. Can you imagine a CNN panel, during the annual March for Life, declaring ‘our hearts are out there marching with them’? Of course not.”

Rating: Four out of five screams.

MRC’s archive of “Mainstream Media Scream” posts.

Twitchy on Saturday highlighted CNN's shout out: “‘I’m sorry, y’all look ridiculous’: CNN hosts assume ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ pose”