Bozell & Graham Column: CNN Wildly Exaggerates the 'Explosion' of Hate

NewsBusters | 7/2/2019 | Staff
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CNN marked the beginning of the Fourth of July holiday week with a one-hour special called State of Hate: The Explosion of White Supremacy. These people pledge allegiance in their marketing to “Facts First,” but on what factual basis is there an “explosion of white supremacy” in America?

CNN will deny it, of course, but at the end of the day, they don’t see much difference between white supremacists and Trump Nation. They spent an hour promoting fringe racist figures like David Duke and Richard Spencer as they promised they are going to “fulfill the policies of Donald Trump.” This notion was outdated, since Spencer tweeted last November that the “Trump moment is over, and it’s time for us to move on.”

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These racists were interspersed with people saying “Make America Great Again” and footage of people protesting illegal immigration, with an obvious smear implied. Oppose illegal immigration? You must be a Klansman. Or a neo-Nazi.

Just how dangerous is this “explosion of white supremacy,” that CNN should feel the need to expose it during an hour of prime-time programming?

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The left-leaning Anti-Defamation League reported a KKK decline in 2016, but it wasn’t specific about an overall number. “Despite a persistent ability to attract media attention, organized Ku Klux Klan groups are actually continuing a long-term trend of decline. They remain a collection of mostly small, disjointed groups that continually change in name and leadership. Down slightly from a year ago, there are currently just over thirty active Klan groups in the United States, most of them very small.”

Has it gone up since then? A 2018 ADL report on the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan reported it “is the largest and the most active Klan group in...
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