CNN becomes laughing stock of fake news for claiming protests “mostly peaceful” while city burns in the background
08/28/2020 // Arsenio Toledo // Views

Mainstream news outlet CNN was heavily criticized on Wednesday after it aired a segment with a chyron claiming that the rioting in Kenosha was nothing more than a “fiery but mostly peaceful protest” even though, during that same news segment, they were broadcasting footage of the city on fire.

CNN National correspondent Omar Jimenez was in Kenosha, Wisconsin reporting on the current situation there when he decided to place himself in front of a building, that was engulfed in flames. While this happened, CNN put up a chyron that read: “Fiery but mostly peaceful protests after police shooting.”

What may be worse is that Jimenez even acknowledged that there was a building on fire right behind him during his segment, and that it was just one of “multiple locations” in Kenosha that were on fire, and yet CNN didn't even bother to change their headline.

“What you're seeing behind me is one of multiple locations that have been burning in Kenosha, Wisconsin, over the course of the night, a second night since Jacob Blake was seen shot in the back seven times … and what you are seeing now, these images, come in stark contrast to what he saw over the course of the daytime hours in Kenosha, and into the early evening, which were largely peaceful demonstrations in the face of law enforcement. It wasn't until night fell that things began to get a little bit more contentious…”

The fact that American mainstream media is trying their hardest to downplay the severity of the rioting and civil unrest in the country is nothing new. Listen to this episode of the Health Ranger Report, a podcast by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, and find out more about how the mainstream media, such as CNN, is complicit in the radical left-wing domestic terrorism that is causing the destruction of lives and property in dozens of cities in the country.

Conservatives online make fun of CNN

Following this broadcast, many people began ridiculing CNN on social media. Eric Trump, businessman, philanthropist and son of President Donald Trump, called CNN a “total embarrassment to our country.”


Nick Short, digital media manager for conservative think tank Claremont Institute and its in-house online publication the American Mind, said that the employees of CNN were denying “objective reality.” Politics reporter for the New York Post Jon Levine posted that CNN was trying to make people ignore the destruction going on behind Jimenez by joking that there was “nothing to see here.”

Conservative British activist Calvin Robinson said that, at first, he thought the chyron was fake, but when he found out it was real he said that mainstream media “is a parody of itself.” Conservative podcaster Buck Sexton said that it was “impossible to dunk on CNN harder than it dunks on itself.” Benny Johnson, chief creative officer for conservative nonprofit organization Turning Point USA, joked that “fire is very peaceful.”

Hot Air's Allahpundit had a more nuanced take on the matter when he said that this wasn't just CNN attempting to get on the good side of the American left. He believed that something this ridiculous would cause more damage, especially from people who identify with centrists and people on the American right, than it would bring in praise from liberals and progressive.

“This is CNN's copy team demonstrating that it's unable to conceptualize what's happening in Kenosha as anything but good on balance,” he said.

Mainstream media has long history of lying about the riots

Unfortunately, this is not the first time that mainstream news outlets will be lying about the state of the riots – and it probably won't be the last. On Monday, August 24, Jimenez was the reporter for CNN's Situation Room when the chyron, for a brief moment, accurately described the state of affairs in Kenosha. It read “8PM curfew ordered after violent protests over police shooting of unarmed Black man in Wisconsin.” The headline was changed moments later to take out the word “violent.”

This kind of reporting is also not limited to CNN. Liberal news company MSNBC has also been caught lying about the nature of the demonstrations in their coverage.

In late May, when the engineered rioting first erupted in Minneapolis, Minnesota, reporter Ali Velshi was caught on camera describing the events as peaceful while standing in front of a burning building. MSNBC's chyron at the time even said: “Police station and other buildings burning in Minneapolis.”

“I want to be clear in how I characterize this,” Velshi said. “This is mostly a protest. It is not, generally speaking, unruly – but fires have been started.”

Steve Guest, the rapid response director of the Republican Party, even pointed out that Velshi's coverage is no longer “the most ridiculous riot reporting” and that it has been outdone thanks to Jimenez and CNN's chyron.

Mainstream media will continue lying about the actual nature of the rioting and civil unrest. Fortunately, there are alternative media sources that continue trying to hold them to account. Check out one of the websites that fact checks mainstream news at

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