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.
Appearing as a guest on Sunday's CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield to discuss Donald Trump declining to condemn former KKK leader David Duke in a CNN appearance earlier in the day, Jason Johnson of TheRoot.com not only repeated a discredited claim that Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise spoke to a white supremacist group in Louisiana in 2002, but he even gave the impression that Scalise spoke to the KKK "a couple of months ago."
On Saturday's CNN Newsroom, host Fredricka Whitfield brought aboard liberal American University Professor Allan Lichtman to get his views on why recent presidents have had so much difficulty in passing new gun control laws. Lichtman, whose history of running as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate in Maryland was not mentioned, was given an unchallenged forum to push for more gun control in which he predictably derided the National Rifle Association.
In a second attempt at walking back shocking comments, CNN's Fredricka Whitfield on Monday actually used the word "apology." The journalist appeared two days after calling a gunman who attacked the Dallas police department "courageous and brave."
The Dallas Police Association isn’t taking any of CNN’s anchor Fredricka Whitfield’s attempts to downplay a comment she made Saturday (link to NB article) referring to an attempted cop killer as “courageous and brave.” After immediate backlash, Whitfield attempted to deflect criticism on Sunday by halfheartedly claiming she “misspoke.”
Ouch. During a discussion on the Dallas Police headquarters shooting on Saturday afternoon, CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield bizarrely referred to the shooter’s actions as “very courageous and brave,” before adding “crazy as well.”
CNN stood out on Sunday and Monday for actually covering the sex abuse charges against Terry Bean, a "major fundraiser for President Obama," as correspondent Erin McPike labeled him. The cable network devoted three full segments and two news briefs to the criminal charges against Bean, who is also the co-founder of the left-wing homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign. As of Monday morning, the Big Three networks have yet to cover the story on their morning and evening newscasts.
Fredricka Whitfield put on the kid gloves for Marion Barry on Sunday's CNN Newsroom, and acclaimed the former D.C. mayor as a "visionary." Whitfield skirted mentioning every single controversy Barry has been involved in through his long career save one – his "infamous drug bust in 1990." She also spotlighted the Democrat's conspiracy theory that the FBI set up the sting to take him down for helping the poor: "You draw that correlation that all of those things that you did for the underserved community...and the design of this drug bust."
The anchor deferentially let Barry take credit for everything supposedly going well with the city of Washington, D.C., but failed to bring up the fact that the District became the "murder capital" of the U.S. during his tenure as mayor. Whitfield set the tone with her beyond softball first question to the current city councilman: [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]
CNN's Fredricka Whitfield was incredibly generous to former Democratic D.C. Mayor Marion Barry on Saturday over his past drug arrest and jail time.
Barry was convicted on drug charges and served six months in jail in the 1990s, in between his two terms as D.C. Mayor. Yet Whitfield first praised his "incredible tenure." Then she brought up his arrest but framed him as a victim of his past: "does it frustrate you or bother you that forever there's always going to be that association with that drug bust in 1990?"