And so, if CNN believes images, words, and symbols inspire violence, what are we left to conclude when CNN itself engages in behavior that it claims inspires violence?
Based on CNN’s own beliefs, it is perfectly reasonable to believe that when CNN tells its audience that Trump is “unmoored,” “unhinged,” and “un-American,” this is what I call an “assassination dogwhistle” — a dangerous message sent out in a world filled with bad people that says the man in the Oval Office is a threat, mentally ill, and not one of us.
CNN’s parent company, Time Warner, was one of the sponsors of a play that depicts the gruesome assassination of President Trump.
Worse still, in the run-up to Trump’s inauguration last year, CNN played a dangerous game of “What If” to informed its audience that if Trump were assassinated, the Obama administration would remain in power.
If CNN believes images promote violence, why did CNN point what looked like a sniper scope at Trump’s Oval Office window and then broadcast those images?