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CNN: Defending The Police State

Aaron Brown and Anderson Cooper defend New Orleans Gestapo-like brutality on Senior Citizen
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Brown-"Were you on drugs?" Like it's ok to beat high people
So here's that paragon of objective reporting, Aaron Brown of CNN, asking the 64 year-old Grandpa who just got the living shit beat out of him by four white cops if he was on 'drugs'when the cops went apeshit. 'Of course not', came the obviously truthful reply. Brown's tack was pre-scripted. Since the event, seen globally, the media mantra has been "Those poor cops, they're just overworked". Poor Grandpa, half is face is a big red scab, and Brown is asking if what the cops say is true, that he 'fell'. Grandpa breaks out into a hearty laugh and Brown's face registers confusion. It's a Black thing, Aaron. You wouldn't understand. Then Brown brings the robotic Anderson Cooper aboard to remind us once again how stressed out the poor cops are. Did I mention the five minutes they allowed the crazy officers'lawyer? He pontificated upon each blow, as CNN conveniently slowed the video clip, and calmly explained how the horrible beating you were seeing was really another thing altogether. An acceptable thing. Shades of Rodney King! Cooper's spin is that of a professional idiot who keeps asking "Is this proper procedure?" Of course it is, for Attilla the Hun. Cooper is also CNN's point guy on 911 coverup pieces. Debunking all '911 Truth" tellers is his forte'. Endless mercurial analysis on these news shows will eventually dilute the impact of this affair. Cooper again- "The cop is kicking him in the head twice as he lies in his own pool of blood- is this normal procedure?" If Cooper can't tell, he's not even a member of the human race. "It's just not the best way to deal with this" he finalizes. What if it were his Grandfather? Would he remain so detatched and blase'? As the rapid anti-democratization of America begins to expose it's Brown-Shirted philosophical roots in events like this, we can expect 'opinion-shapers' like the trolls of CNN to roll out the excuses and occasional apologies as everyday citizens are treated more and more like certain Germans were in the 1930's. But Aaron Brown and Anderson Cooper will never, ever, show the one valid emotion appropriate for this story- ANGER.
the corporate media must come down 11.Oct.2005 22:48

sw

Unfortunately, our movement has yet to place the mainstream media as its primary target of resistance. In these past several years, it just hasnt' happened yet, even though it's alluded to all the time.

nothing new 11.Oct.2005 22:49

z3r0b0y

It is quite common for the mainstream media to defend those in power whether be it a corporation a growing fascist institutions like US police departments. Yes it makes my blood boil too. Why not just set an example and fire the cops on the spot? well because this the future of law enforcemnet.

Outrageous 12.Oct.2005 00:09

Orwell's long lost cousin

I saw this interview too and the most outrageous thing the fascist lap dog Brown asked was, "Are you really hurt that bad?" Brown asked this question just after they showed video footage of the pigs beating the shit out of the poor guy with what looks like a gallon or more of blood on the sidewalk. Even with an AP reporter video taping the whole event the cops will probably walk after their trial. They are under stress you know. Like we all aren't?

CNN is the People's Opium 13.Oct.2005 07:25

Silent Type

This type of coverage is commonplace for CNN and Aaron Brown. We must be critical not just what CNN shows us, but what they don't.

For instance, during the New Orleans disaster CNN ran story after story about looting even while people were literally dying in the sports arean CNN's coverage focussed on looting.

On the Thursday night of that week, I flipped back and forth between MSNBC and CNN. MSNBC--while no fave media source for me--showed the people in the stadium literally dying of dehydration. They had reporters on the ground, some of them moved to tears by the sight of the dead, dying and the general lack of care shown to those trapped there.

When I flipped over to CNN, Aaron stared stupidly at the teleprompter and read story after story about looting. The subtext of their NO coverage was clear: these people are not victims, they're criminals. What's happening to them is their own fault, not the fault of your government.

It was blatant diversionary propaganda.

I guess this is what happens when 5 media company's own all the media.

It'd be interesting for someone to investigate CNN's bent. How it happens. Whose office where the real stories get crushed.

It'd also be interesting to get the FCC or Congress to break up the media monopoly.

More interesting 13.Oct.2005 18:22

Free Radio Olympia

I gets a LOT more interesting when you liberate the media yourselves rather than waiting for the Corporations to give it up to you.

Quit bitching about the media and BECOME the media! (Do I really need to say this to people who read indymedia sites?)

Aaron Brownnoser 14.Oct.2005 01:42

Murray Spiderman

America has no media, freedom of the press is for those who own the presses