It seems the right wing won’t be happy until the blood of journalists flows in the streets. The execrable Breitbart.com has painted a bullseye on CNN, claiming it’s the “hate” broadcast by the cable network that is responsible for the crazed right wing death threats aimed at the network.
“For nearly five years, going all the way back to the Trayvon Martin uproar, Breitbart News has aggressively documented CNN’s devolution into a 24/7 hate network. This week, CNN’s climate of hate finally came home to roost when a Michigan man, provoked by CNN’s fake news crisis, allegedly made death threats against the far-left network.”
The embarrassingly-lunatic ravings of John Nolte notwithstanding, is this a case of the racist, white-supremacist, neo-Nazi fringe calling the more-mainstream CNN “hate-filled”?
Has anyone at CNN called for the murder of ideological opponents like dead Andrew Breitbart did?
Documents provided to BuzzFeed show what Bannon calls his “killing machine” in action, as it dredges up the resentments of people around the world, sifts through these grievances for ideas and content, and propels them from the unsavory parts of the internet up to TrumpWorld, collecting advertisers’ checks all along the way.
One does not see major advertisers boycotting CNN for “hate speech”. Breitbart can not say the same thing. Online ad technology AppNexus told Bloomberg that it believed the site’s content has the potential to incite violence. “We did a human audit of Breitbart and determined there were enough articles and headlines that cross that line, using either coded or overt language,” an AppNexus spokesman, Joshua Zeitz, said.
“We determined that Breitbart was out of compliance with our hate speech rules,” Zeitz told the Guardian. “Hate speech being one of several prohibited categories.”
Breitbart’s spew is similar to the weeping, garment-rending and teeth-grinding of right wingers who hold the view that it is they who are the victims, not the people they target for their hatred.
They are only fooling the people they have already fooled. One can only hope no one is killed as a result.