You can always count on CNN to be on the wrong side of every issue and their response to Scot Peterson being arrested for his cowardice (among other things) during the Parkland shooting is no exception.
While there are questions about whether Peterson has legal liability, there’s no doubt he was a primary factor in so many children being killed that day. He sat idly by as a gunman walked around the school shooting people when it was his job to respond with force.
To give you an idea of CNN’s bias on this issue, Chris Cillizza once notably quipped on Twitter that a “good guy with a gun doesn’t always stop a bad guy.” This echoed CNN’s softball treatment of Sheriff Scott Israel at a town hall where they instead savaged Dana Loesch, who had nothing to do with the shooting.
What happened in Parkland is proof that a good guy with a gun doesn't always stop a bad guy with a gunhttps://t.co/3qBr3ZcJr6
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) February 23, 2018
In reality, Peterson wasn’t a “good guy with a gun.” He was a guy who failed to do his job and cost people their lives as a result.
Now that some action is finally being taken, how does CNN respond? By getting Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon together to moan at the fact that Peterson is being held accountable.
I can’t imagine why these guys are running behind The Hallmark Channel in prime time.
CNN's @ChrisCuomo: "Only in America" do we respond to a mass shooting by arresting the officer who failed to respond.
"This is the best we can do? Like I say, it’s often misunderstood but it’s true. Only in America do you respond to something like this this way." pic.twitter.com/rtPeZ4I0Zf
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 5, 2019
I’m not sure his characterization of “only in America” is correct, but let’s assume it is. There’s a reason we are the most prosperous, powerful country in human history. It’s not because we take our pointers from other countries who do stupid, illiberal things in response to tragedies. New Zealand’s response to the Christchurch shooting was irrational and emotional. So far, we’ve chosen to take a more logical path of not putting into place more laws that won’t actually help matters.
The most direct link to the capacity of the shooter to do what he did, at the level he did was Peterson’s inaction. Yet, Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon are upset that something is being done about that.
Why? Because they didn’t get their pet gun laws passed as a result of the shooting. The crisis “went to waste,” in the words of Rahm Emmanuel. It didn’t matter that nothing they were pushing would have made a difference. Politics was the primary driver of CNN’s coverage and reaction.
So ridiculous on multiple levels. Because @ChrisCuomo didn't get gun control laws he wanted, a cop who failed to protect his charges (to an apparent criminal degree) shouldn't be prosecuted? It's an insult to non sequiturs. https://t.co/eNJJjpmALj
— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) June 5, 2019
Cuomo is an expert at non sequiturs. He’s always playing false choices against each other and shamelessly pushing his personal politics.
From what I can tell, most of the surviving victims of the shooting are happy Peterson is being charged. Cuomo might want to think before he talks next time, because in this case, he chose to defend a person who got people killed just to shill for his own political positions. That’s not a good look at all.
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