It’s deja vu all over again.
On Wednesday night CNN national correspondent Omar Jimenez was reporting on the protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin in the aftermath of the shooting of Jacob Blake.
While he was speaking, the chyron read, “Fiery But Mostly Peaceful Protests After Police Shooting,” as buildings were burning in the background.
Jimenez noted that the daylight protests “were largely peaceful,” but it was a different story once nightfall arrived.
“What you are seeing now, these images, came and come in stark contrast to what we saw over the course of the daytime hours in Kenosha and into the early evening, which were largely peaceful demonstrations in the face of law enforcement,” Jimenez said.
“It wasn’t until nightfall that things began to get a little bit more contentious. Things were thrown back and forth; police started using some of those crowd dispersal tactics like tear gas, even playing very loud sounds to push them out,” he added, “And then, what you’re seeing, the common theme that ties all of this together, is an expression of anger and frustration over what people feel like has become an all too familiar story playing out in places from across the country, not just here in Kenosha, Wis.”
This report was largely reminiscent of MSNBC’s Al Velshi report in Minneapolis in May when he stated that the George Floyd protests were not “unruly–but fires have been started,” while standing in front of a burning building.
Twitter roasted CNN over the incident.
CNN chyron: pic.twitter.com/dfP3N8OnsQ
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) August 27, 2020
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) August 27, 2020
The media is so blinded by their efforts to support the protesters that they can’t see the irony of reporting on the protests as peaceful while standing in front of burning buildings.