CNN labeled the recent violent attacks in Atlanta, Georgia, as “peaceful.” The network has a history of labeling violent attacks as “peaceful.”
During the 2020 Kenosha, Wisconsin, protests, CNN regarded the events as “fiery but mostly peaceful.” They received much criticism considering that at the time of their comments, flames of fire were seen in the background of their live reporting.
The attacks in Atlanta involved anti-police protesters who set fire to a police car and smashed windows.
Fox News Contributor Jason Chaffetz shared his reaction to CNN’s labeling of the violence.
“So don’t tell me that this is some innocent thing, that violence is the wrong word. Are you kidding? I’m glad they’re prosecuting some of these people. They need to put some people in jail if they would do that in a strong way if they’re able to do that. Hopefully, you can start to make a dent in this, but at least call it out. At least be one to say this is fundamentally wrong,” he said.
Chaffetz’s comment came after CNN guest David Peisner shared his thoughts on the attacks.
“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.”
“You keep using these words ‘violent, violent, violent, violent. The only acts of violence against people that I saw were actually police tackling protesters,” he continued.
According to MSN news, the riots began after 26-year-old Manuel Esteban Paez Teran was killed by an officer after allegedly shooting an officer in the stomach and refusing to comply with their requests.
Protesters responded by violently attacking police cars to demonstrate their anger at the death of Teran.
Atlanta police have arrested six people in connection to the riots. Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens (D-GA) classified the crimes as a “peaceful protest.”
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The mayor stated, “the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Police Department will continue to protect the right to peaceful protest. We will not tolerate violence or property destruction.”