Thomas Gallatin / August 18, 2017

CNN: ‘Say, Islamic Terrorists Just Copied White Racists’

Wolf Blitzer suggests that the Barcelona terror attack may have been a copycat of Charlottesville.

Europe experienced yet another outrageous terror attack on Thursday — and again it was carried out by suspected Islamic terrorists who drove a van into a crowd of pedestrians, killing 13 and injuring more than 50 others in Barcelona, Spain. Clearly, plowing vehicles into crowds is the new Islamist terror tactic of choice. This attack comes only five days after the Charlottesville riot where a young woman was killed when a white supremacist rammed his car into a crowd of protesters.

So we’re not surprised that this was CNN’s “in-depth reporting” on the Spain terror attack: Correspondent Jim Sciutto said, “In light of the uproar of the last several days, five days apart you have a white supremacist in Charlottesville use a vehicle to kill, and here you have attackers at least following the modus operandi of terrorists using vehicles apparently to kill as well, and those [are] shared tactics that should be alarming.” Anchor Wolf Blitzer, rather than questioning Sciutto’s obviously faulty and ridiculous assertion, chose instead to reinforce the flawed connection, responding, “Yeah, there will be questions about copycats. There will be questions about what happened in Barcelona. Was it at all, at all a copycat version of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia? … They used the same killing device, a vehicle.”

Clearly CNN has an agenda to connect the murderous act of a white supremacist with the terrorist attack of suspected Islamic terrorists. But it’s utterly ridiculous to suggest that those who perpetrated the terror attack in Barcelona were inspired by the Charlottesville attack. The idea that the use of a vehicle as a murder weapon is somehow a novel concept first seen in Charlottesville is flat-out absurd. What of Nice, France, or London, England? Barcelona is the eighth such vehicular attack in Europe in 2017 alone.

But CNN’s fake news commentary wasn’t limited to its reporting on the Spain terror attack. Earlier in the week CNN published a dubious map of “hate groups” in the U.S. We say dubious because CNN relied on the grossly biased and left-leaning Southern Poverty Law Center for its listing of such “hate groups.” The SPLC profits handsomely from its efforts, including a $1 million donation from Apple just this week. But however well-intentioned the organization began, it’s now little more than a left-wing hate group itself. Its listing wrongly classifies several conservative groups as hate groups simply because their political positions aren’t leftist-approved. With alt-leftist hate groups like antifa justifying violence against those they claim promote hate, CNN has put conservatives at risk. At CNN, it’s less about reporting the news and more about promoting leftist propaganda.

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