Your eyes aren’t decieving you.
CNN’s terrible twosome of Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo actually told the truth for once.
When discussing the police shooting that recently occured in Columbus OH, Lemon and Cuomo went to bat for the officer who was forced to make a split second decision that likely saved a young girl’s life.
The officer was forced to shoot and kill a 16-year-old girl who was charging the other girl with a knife.
While the bodycam footage released appears to show clearly that the officer had no other choice, many left-wing politicians, athletes, and celebrities are responding to the incident as if the officer murdered the girl for no reason.
While this is par for the course, it’s suprising to see CNN decide not join in on the false narrative that we’re all used to.
In CNN’s defense, just a week earlier, they also defended the actions of the police officer who shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo after he ran from police while holding a handgun.
One can only hope this to be a sign that the network recognizes the dangers of their past actions in condemning police officers before the facts come in.
Daily Wire has more on CNN doing reasonable journalism for once:
As far-left Black Lives Matter activists condemn an Ohio police officer for fatally shooting 16-year-old Ma’Khai Bryant to save a teenage black girl she was attempting to stab, CNN’s Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo agreed the officer did the right thing.
During a segment on Wednesday night, both Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon agreed that the evidence and body-cam video shows the police officer had little choice but to fire his gun in order to protect someone.
“We have to be fair about what happens when police arrive at scenes,” Lemon said, as reported by Newsbusters. “It is tragic that it’s a 16-year-old girl. Just as it is tragic that it’s a 13-year-old in Chicago. When police are chasing people, they don’t know how old they are. And they don’t run and say, ‘How old are you?’ ‘Oh, I’m 13.’ You don’t know that. Or, ‘I’m 16.'”
“When they roll up on the scene, they see people tussling around. Someone has a knife,” he continued. “And their job is to protect and serve. Every life on that scene. And if they see someone who is in the process of taking a life, what is that decision, what decision do they have to make?”
To those who would say the officer should have used a taser, both Lemon and Cuomo agreed that a taser would likely not have worked at that distance and in that amount of time.
Has CNN learned the errors of their ways?
Just a week earlier, Lemon and Cuomo defended the shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo
Lemon reminded viewers that not all police shootings are the same.
More on that from Yahoo:
Speaking to Chris Cuomo during the hand-off between shows, Lemon said, “This is tough, Chris, because, you know, not all police shootings are equal.” Lemon added, “If someone's running with a gun and they turn around, police officers have to make decisions in split seconds. That's why I'm not a police officer, because I couldn't face that kind of pressure, and I just, quite frankly, don't believe that I could do the job. That’s why I sit here on TV and analyze it and talk to people about it.”
Though Toledo was not armed at the moment he was shot, a gun was found just feet from where the shooting occurred, and gunshot residue was found on the teenager’s hand. The gun is believed to have been ditched just seconds before Toledo was shot, and Lemon reiterated his point that people should not jump to conclusions and consider this to be an act of officer aggression.
“We cannot judge all police shootings, we cannot put them all in the same realm,” Lemon said. “They make split second decisions. Sometimes they are tragic, sometimes they are warranted, sometimes they are not.”
One can only hope and pray that news outlets such as CNN are finally coming to their senses.
This CNN analyst correctly pointed out that these incidents need to be viewed individually, rather than lumped together.
Media outlets, politicians, celebrities, and athletes need to respond more responsibly to these incidents.
Until that occurs, cooler heads will never prevail.