'Fiery but mostly peaceful': CNN mocked for ridiculous caption of Kenosha riots destruction
CNN's Omar Jimenez went live from a troubled neighborhood in Kenosha, Wisconsin, telling viewers that protests – sparked by the death of African American Jacob Blake – were “largely peaceful” during the day, but that “things began to get a little bit more contentious” when night fell.
As he spoke, buildings and vehicles burned in the background, with the scenes of destruction and chaos running contrary to what the network captioned as “fiery, but mostly peaceful protests after police shooting.”
The phrase “beyond parody” doesn’t begin to describe this pic.twitter.com/OboLcKiCR4— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) August 27, 2020
A cohort of online commentators quickly built up, expressing anger and frustration over the tone of the coverage and its language. “Is that like, 'deadly, but mostly enjoyable car accidents?'Like — does this make sense?” a CNN critic asked.
Hurricane Laura: Windy but mostly relaxing thunderstorm. pic.twitter.com/qLCtjtwuEd— James Lindsay, fiery but mostly peaceful (@ConceptualJames) August 27, 2020
Some pulled no punches and suggested that CNN should compare their language to the reality. One asked if throwing “a mostly peaceful Molotov cocktail in their living room” would amount to the “fiery but mostly peaceful protests.”
I’d like to sit down with some of these CNN correspondents in their homes and have a peaceful debate with them about the fiery but mostly peaceful protests after I drop a mostly peaceful Molotov cocktail in their living room— need s’more freedom 🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@oglethorp12) August 27, 2020
There were those who questioned the quality of CNN's reporting, and referred to instances when other US established media had aired a similar blunder. Back in May, MSNBC host and Emmy nominee Ali Velshi faced an avalanche of online criticism when he was reporting live from a burning neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where George Floyd was killed.
When you think CNN couldn’t get worse, they never fail to amaze me— Carlos Del Valle (@cdelvallejr) August 27, 2020
At the time, Velshi described the unrest as “not, generally speaking, unruly,” drawing parallels with Jimenez' reporting.
Striking a more emollient tone, some people wondered if the infamous CNN banner was the result of a foul play.
First the appearance and dissapearance of the word 'violent' from CNN's screen last night, and now this absurdity.At this point, I'm *seriously* questioning if CNN has a secret Trump supporter technician working on their chyrons.— 2muchCoffee (@INeedCaffeineIV) August 27, 2020
Sarcasm aside, the Wisconsin city of Kenosha has been on fire for several days in a row, with rioters defying a police curfew and hurling projectiles at local businesses and law enforcement buildings. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers had to call in the National Guard to quash the unrest, but furniture shops, car lots, correctional facilities and random vehicles were burnt to the ground.
CNN wasn't the only one to suggest the wave of destruction and arson is nothing more than “peaceful protests.” Their colleagues at CBS did exactly the same, followed by the New York Times, which said they were “peaceful marches” that “gave way to fires and destruction.”
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