Appearing to take the show's host by surprise, Henry Cuellar, a Democrat in Texas's congressional delegation contended Saturday on CNN that in 2014, the conditions at detention centers holding unaccompanied and separated illegal-immigrant children were "kept quiet under the Obama Administration." That's probably correct, but it should also be noted that enough info had leaked out that that the press, if it had been genuinely interested, could have investigated matters further, and clearly didn't.
Late last week, ABC, CBS and CNN gave attention to cell phone video in Miami which seemed to show a police officer kicking a car theft suspect in the head after he had surrendered. Now that more video has been released which reveals that the incident was not nearly as bad as it appeared because the officer was just pretending to kick him, only the CBS Evening News has taken the time to update viewers on this important twist in the story.
On Saturday, CNN was true to form in showing more interest in stories that reflect negatively on how police officers do their jobs while ignoring those that show law enforcement work sympathetically. After ignoring two cases of attacks on law enforcement that were covered by other networks, CNN did find time today to run two reports on video showing a Miami cop kicking a suspect in the head after he had already surrendered.
As anticipated, on Saturday CNN provided wall-to-wall coverage of the highly promoted March for Our Lives in Washington, DC. The march was portrayed as a revolutionary grassroots movement by left-leaning journalists, who coincidentally happened to share the views of the march’s organizers and speakers.
Tom Fuentes, a Senior Law Enforcement Analyst at CNN, had a 29-year career with the FBI. His Saturday comments about the alleged difficulties women allegedly have carrying guns — y'know, because they wear dresses and skirts — leave one wondering whether he learned anything while he was a G-man.
Over the past couple of years, there's been a recurring case of "Connecticut-itis" as CNN has repeatedly promoted the state as a "model" of what the rest of the country should do in terms of enacting gun control, citing a so far short-term drop in overall violence -- which was already dropping anyway -- as alleged proof that gun laws passed in 2013 have been successful. Notwithstanding that homicide numbers in 2017 were on the increase in Connecticut, CNN has tried to put all their eggs in the Connecticut basket without looking at violent crime numbers in other states that might point in the opposite direction.
Over the weekend, ABC, CBS and CNN all hyped the case of a lawsuit filed against a Tennessee police department after body cam audio revealed White County Sheriff Odie Shoupe suggesting that he gave orders to shoot and kill a suspect during a police chase partly to avoid damaging his police cars. In recalling the story, reporters made it sound like the driver, Michael Dial, had done little more than drive on a suspended license as they failed to inform viewers of his dangerous actions and his criminal history.
As Saturday's CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield devoted a segment to the issue of women becoming more politically active after Donald Trump became President, CNN's Jodi Enda never applied a "liberal" label to the left-wing causes supported by recent women protesters even as she asserted that the current Congress is "quite conservative."
CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta phoned into Sunday afternoon’s CNN Newsroom to offer his latest meltdown/rallying cry for his liberal media cohorts, demanding that they and the rest of the country “stand up to” President Trump following his slams against the media, or journalists will be “hurt” and “silenced.”
On Sunday afternoon, CNN Newsroom twice ran a report filed by correspondent Sara Sidner in which she focused on Jamiel Shaw, Sr., a man whose son was murdered by an illegal immigrant who had not been handed over to ICE for deportation despite a previous violent criminal record. After recalling Shaw's story, which includes President Donald Trump enacting some of Shaw's ideas, Sidner ended up pushing to undermine his concerns about illegal immigrants by misleadingly citing studies finding that immigrants generally are less likely to commit crimes than the native-born population, But she did not mention studies specifically about illegal immigrants which find that they are substantially more likely to commit crimes than the general population.
Appearing as a guest on Saturday's CNN Newsroom, CNN senior media analyst Brian Stelter fretted that Donald Trump has a history of tweeting articles from "made-up websites," and then seemed to lump in "far-right wing" Breitbart News with his idea of "made-up websites." Stelter, who a few weeks ago included images of two NewsBusters articles without explanation in a report about "fake news," began today's segment with a reference to George Orwell as he defined "fake news" as "sites that are trying to trick you." Stelter:
Appearing as a guest on Sunday's CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield, liberal CNN political commentator Peter Beinart -- also a contributor for The Atlantic -- went over the top as he made known his view that, if "profoundly bigoted" Donald Trump is elected President and implements a ban on Muslim immigration, world leaders and other "people of conscience" should refuse to travel to the United States.