Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Monday that authorities would end the police-free zone known as the “Capitol Hill Organized Protest” or “CHOP,” after two recent shootings, one of which was fatal, but CNN and MSNBC did not feel it. It was particularly newsworthy.
The news came to light at 7 pm EST Monday that the mayor of Seattle said the violence was distracting from the changes sought by thousands of protesters seeking to tackle racial inequality and police brutality, but the 7 pm program CNN’s “Erin Burnett Outfront” didn’t mention the news. as it unfolded.
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CNN continued to ignore the news during its primetime programming, as there was no coverage in the consecutive editions of “Anderson Cooper 360” from 8-10 pm ET or during Don Lemon’s “CNN Tonight,” which aired from 10 a.m. midnight ET.
“Most major media outlets have struggled to portray civil unrest as peaceful actions that support the overall goals of justice. That narrative is greatly altered if those news organizations now focus on chaos in places like Seattle, “DePauw University professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall told Fox News.
“Therefore, they ignore or minimize recent acts of illegality so that they do not have to go back or explain the simplistic way in which they have covered the events of the past few weeks,” McCall said.
CNN managed to briefly mention CHOP on Monday night, but only to note that protesters in Washington DC were emulating the Seattle Police Free Zone.
MSNBC completely ignored CHOP from 7 midnight ET on Monday, such as “MSNBC Live,” “All in with Chris Hayes,” The Rachel Maddow Show, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, and” The 11th Hour with Brian. Williams “Everyone refused to report the news of the Seattle CHOP, possibly coming to an end.
“We can no longer call them the press. They are ‘repression’. “
Vice President of the Media Research Center Dan Gainor told Fox News that the liberal media “has been playing games” with coverage.
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“The media downplayed the threat of the virus in such massive events and then did the same with violence. Press action like showing what is really happening during these riots – hatred of the police, violence, looting, arson, and violence – would help Trump if the American public saw reality. Then they hide it, “said Gainor. “We can no longer call them the press. They are ‘the repression’ “.
Activists established “CHOP” in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood about two weeks ago, closing the area after police evacuated a looted compound on the compound.
City leaders have faced mounting criticism, including from President Trump, over the protest zone amid reports of violence within the area and how police can respond to such incidents. Police were unable to enter the area. The dismantling of the CHOP followed the death of a 19-year-old man in a Saturday shooting in which another person was wounded.
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The prime-time CNN and MSNBC blackout of the latest CHOP news came immediately after a NewsBusters report that both CBS’s “Evening News” and “NBC Nightly News” did not cover the shooting death.
“Neither CBS News nor NBC News gave the shooting time during its iconic newscasts,” wrote NewsBusters analyst Nicholas Fondacaro.
Louis Casiano of Fox News contributed to this report.