Somebody needs to tell CNN that encouraging crazies to assassinate Donald Trump, Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan tomorrow at the inauguration is officially going too far.
Because that’s seriously what it just did with its “Disaster Could Put Obama Cabinet Memberin Oval Office” piece. And it knows it very well.
You don’t need to be inside its twisted, partisan collective head to know that was the intention.
What you do need to do is look at CNN’s coverage of the 2017 presidential election process, which was so anti-Trump and so pro-Hillary as to be nauseating. To say nothing about its (p)sycophantic treatment of Obama’s administration these past eight years.
Next, consider how Trump has humiliated CNN twice now in front of its peers. Sure, he reamed out all the news networks at Trump Towers just after the election, when he invited them up for a dressing down they had no idea to expect.
But he still singled out CNN in the process. According to a New York Post source, “Trump started with [CNN Chief] Jeff Zucker and said, ‘I hate your network. Everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed.’”
(Back when I first read that, I thought that was hysterically awesome. Now, with the benefit of hindsight and cooler emotions, I consider it merely entertainingly awesome.)
Then there was that more recent, direct and public scolding when a CNN reporter asked a question at his press conference and Trump responded with, “Not you. Your organization is terrible,” followed by “I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news” when the guy persisted.
So there’s all of that to take into consideration before judging CNN’s motivation in telling everyone who would take office if enough Republicans died at inauguration tomorrow.
It’s pretty damning stuff. Yet, even so, the network could be innocent of actually instigating violence if there was precedence in airing such stories.
So here’s the million-dollar question: When was the last time a major news organization aired a piece like this?
For that matter, when was the last time a major news organization aired a piece like this just days before inauguration?
Off the top of my head, I’m going to go with… It’s never happened before.
In which case, there’s no other conclusion but that CNN has officially gone way, way too far.