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Is CNN Violence Apologists Inciting Violence?

Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman

Two attorneys were busted for throwing a Molotov cocktail through a police car window during protests in Brooklyn early last week and were trying to pass out the incendiary devices to demonstrators in the crowd, federal authorities said. The two were busted by cops after Mattis, who was in the driver’s seat, pulled the van over near the precinct, and Rahman allegedly got out and tossed a lit Molotov cocktail into a cop car. Images from the detention memo purport to show a masked Rahman clutching a Molotov cocktail made from a Bud Light bottle. Several cops saw the caper and cornered the pair nearby, according to the memo.

Brooklyn community board member Colinford Mattis, 32, and his alleged accomplice, 31-year-old Urooj Rahman, were driving around in a tan minivan near a clash between police and demonstrators at the 88th Precinct stationhouse in Fort Greene. Both lawyers have been charged “with causing damage to a police vehicle by fire and explosives” as sworn out by an F.B.I. the agent assigned to the Joint Terrorist Task Force.” See more background in the following video:

So the alleged perpetrators engaged in attacking the police, destroying property, and inciting mob violence in a domestic terrorist attack to further their political agenda.  America has a vibrant Republic for people to peacefully protest and exercise their voices with free speech and ultimately via our votes. In America, we have these processes, not violence – in other countries, this often can not happen. Do we appreciate this and make an effort to preserve this? If we want to have a nation based upon the rule of law, we can not allow this type of behavior. 

So how does the media treat this story? They apologize for the violence to push a political agenda. Are supposed media outlets journalists or becoming part of the story? We want to point out this horrid article by CNN to show this behavior. And it is not just CNN, and we only use them as an example of the norm in media today. CNN has long past being an unbiased media – their approach is to show that the perpetrators’ agenda is noble, and they are actually wonderful people. Let’ take a look at their propaganda.

CNN – The title of the CNN piece was: How two promising lawyers found themselves facing life in prison for alleged Molotov cocktail attack during protests in NY. Listen to a sample of the praise CNN gives to the perpetrators:

  • The promising young lawyers with enviable educational pedigrees and significant familial responsibilities – he is raising three foster children; she is the primary caretaker for her elderly mother – suddenly find themselves detainees indicted on seven federal felony charges for which they face life in prison. Their predicament has puzzled not only family and friends, but also prosecutors themselves.
  • “As I researched the brutality of mining diamonds and lack of compensation, I was reminded of my time working at a fair trade coffee cooperative in Mexico over the summer,” Colinford Mattis wrote. “There, I learned the values of fair trade and met the people who make an inexpensive commodity that Americans just consume. I realized that just because America is a capitalist society, success does not need to ultimately be “someone loses and someone wins, but rather everyone can win and have enough to live comfortably.”
  • Colinford Mattis did corporate work at the law firm Holland & Knight after graduating, while volunteering for a group called Her Justice, which provides lawyers for women living in poverty. 
  • A Pakistani immigrant, Urooj Rahman arrived in Brooklyn at age 4 with her mother to meet her father, who was already living in the US. In law school, also at Fordham, she became deeply interested in refugee rights and international human rights, winning a fellowship to work as a lawyer in Turkey, where she helped asylum-seekers in Istanbul, and then did similar work in Cairo for a group called Saint Andrew’s Refugee Services, according to her lawyer.
  • Meanwhile, their detention has alarmed their friends. “They’re just amazing people,” said Rizvi a friend. “They’re really kind-hearted, and they do not deserve to be in jail right now. They are not a threat.”
  • CNN’s praises ooze all over the piece … read it if you can stomach it.

Wonderful people, right? How could these wonderful people be domestic terrorists? No mention of the horrors they have done to society.

CNN host Don Lemon has blasted President Trump in the past for “declaring war on Americans,” suggesting Trump is inciting violence. This is just one example, but watching CNN daily, they give their viewers a steady diet of this false narrative. But this is a projection. In a clear case of domestic terrorism, the only thing CNN can say is to praise the perpetrators. One has to ask the question – by apologizing for violence, does this not encourage others to do the same? Is CNN not the ones inciting violence? They are domestic terrorists what’s wrong with CNN?

 RWR original article syndication source.

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