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  • CNN Anchor Blames Military Veterans for Baltimore Riots

    In a horrifically bad attempt to add a military training context to the massive amounts of damage that was left in the aftermath of several riots that hit the city of Baltimore, Maryland Monday night, CNN host Brooke Baldwin essentially blamed disgruntled and disappointed American military vets for the violence that destroyed parts of the city.

    “I love our nation’s veterans,” Baldwin began Tuesday in a interview with Dem. Congressman Elijah Cummins. “But some of them are coming back from war, they don’t know the communities, and they are ready to do battle.”

    It’s still not clear what narrative Baldwin, or the CNN producers who were undoubtedly shouting in her ear, were trying to make.

    Late Tuesday, Baldwin issued a statement . . . via Twitter of all places.

    That’s a sad apology. A passionate and unscripted on-air apology seems like the least she could do.

    The irony from CNN is never-ending. They send helicopters and countless camera crews to film the violence that they stoke and frame as racially motived, and then they are amazed and chocked when people riot and burn down buildings. And as bad as things are, CNN hosts and regular commentators make matters worse by making up crazy smears about military vets being untrained and angry with urges to vandal and riot.

    America’s veterans have nothing to do with the lawless hoodlums who took to the streets of their own city and decided to burn it to the ground.

    What Baldwin said and her sad apology is disgraceful. And she needs to do more.

    ***UPDATE***

    Baldwin issued an on-air apology Wednesday morning for comments she made blaming military vets for the riots in Baltimore.

    “I absolutely misspoke,” Baldwin said on CNN Wednesday morning. “I inartfully chose my words, 100%. And I wholeheartedly retract what I said…I have the utmost respect for the men and women in uniform. To all of you, I owe you a tremendous apology.”

    Baldwin no doubt has buckled under a mountain of pressure that came after she tweeted an apology. Tweets of mockery and scorn came down hard on the CNN host.

    It’s good that she’s at least found a camera and finally took responsibility.


    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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