Mostly peaceful, again, CNN? Guest questions use of word ‘violent’ to describe Atlanta’s ‘Night of Rage’

CNN resorted to recycling their schtick of “mostly peaceful protests” in the wake of an Atlanta “Night of Rage” Saturday, but one Fox News anchor was having none of it: “quite frankly, that’s attempted murder…”

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The hyperbole from talking heads of corporate media has time and again made abundantly clear that leftist actions are to be qualified while anything outside their narrative is to be vilified. As such, when Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum and Mayor Andre Dickens (D) concluded a press conference Sunday condemning the violence that resulted in a cop car getting set ablaze, no fewer than six arrests and where, according to hizzoner, “some of them were found with explosives on them,” CNN swooped in to get critical over the language being used.

Freelance writer David Peisner suggested, “I think that there’s a real blurring of the lines in the use of the word violence.”

“Is property destruction violence? To some people, it certainly is. But, you know, this idea that breaking windows or other acts of property destruction are the same as actual violence against humans, it’s kind of a dangerous and slippery concept,” he continued before attempting to disassociate those who were violent from the cause that had spurred the unrest.

“This is also within this ‘Defend the Forest’ movement. There are no leaders, so people go off and do their own thing. That doesn’t make them justifiable, but I do think that — you know, you keep using these words ‘violent,’ ‘violent,’ ‘violent.’ And it gives the impression — I mean, the only violence, or the only acts of violence against people, that I saw were police tackling protestors,” Peisner contended.

CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem would go on to echo his sentiments as she said, “The distinction between going after cop cars or buildings really is not a distinction that is knowable in real time. You simply don’t know how this will escalate, and that is why the police have to deal with it as if it were violence if that’s what it is.”

In reacting to those comments on Fox News’ “The Big Sunday Show,” the panel didn’t shy away from the fact that the protests were sparked by the death of one Manuel Esteban Paez Teran who was involved in a shootout with state troopers after allegedly ignoring authorities while on the grounds of the new Atlanta Public Safety Training Center, colloquially known as “Cop City.”

After former Chief Asst. U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy compared the watered-down coverage of Atlanta and the summer of protests in 2020 to the out-of-proportion reporting on Jan. 6, 2021, Fox News anchor Julie Banderas pointedly stated, “This is a war on law enforcement. That’s all this is. And these are protestors that are posturing against police. They’re using any opportunity they can to put police in a bad place.”

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“To call this nonviolent when you’re lighting cop cars on fire, which they don’t know if there’s a police in there. So, quite frankly, that’s attempted murder if you’ve got a cop that’s in that car. That’s not violent?” she exclaimed rhetorically. “This is why these protests are breaking out because number one, they think they’re not gonna get arrested and when they do people whip out their cellphones and they try to paint cops out in a bad light. It’s disgusting and this is why we’ve got so much crime in a lot of these cities where the DAs aren’t cracking down on these thugs who are taking advantage of law enforcement.”

Retired U.S. Marine and Fox News contributor Joey Jones spoke as a Georgia native when he contended that a forceful arrest was likely the least violent conclusion the protestors were facing after the wanton mayhem brought to Atlanta, and reminded that the very training facility that protestors were against was meant to improve the abilities of first responders in situations like that on Saturday.

“They need to round up those hippies today and get them the heck out of there,”he concluded.

Kevin Haggerty


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