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Think CNN isn’t in the tank for Joe Biden? Here’s the proof.

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By Jon Sutz, Editor, SaveTheWest.com


CNN claims it is “the most trusted name in news.” On its “About” page, CNN.com describes itself as:

“[T]he world leader in online news and information and seeks to inform, engage and empower the world… We are truth-seekers and storytellers… We bear witness to history as it unfolds and explain not just what happened, but why, and what it means to you.”

If CNN were committed to uphold that self-proclaimed standard, it would have given former Vice President Joe Biden’s latest racist slur — that black Americans who don’t vote for him “ain’t black” — the same type of screaming front-page headlines and critical analysis it does regarding President Trump, soon after it occurred, on the morning of May 21, 2020. It also would have given top-level coverage to the outrage voiced by political figures across the political and racial spectrum, within hours of its occurrence, especially given Biden’s long history of racial slurs, and his statements that extol and give cover to others who voice racist statements, in the present and past.

Instead, as this special report documents in detail, CNN.com:

  • Ignored the story of Biden’s racist slur, and the widespread condemnations of it, for the entire day (May 21)
  • Posted one news story about the incident on its front page, the next day (May 22), buried beneath many other stories, then quickly removed it
  • Posted one analysis piece the next day (May 23) — that also condemned the reactions to Biden’s racist slur — again, buried beneath many other items, then removed later in the day
  • Posted nothing further about Biden’s racist slur, or his other ones

Those who rely exclusively on CNN.com for their news, and who too busy to scan anything other than the main headlines, would likely never have seen any coverage of Biden’s latest racist slur, or his long history of them.

Instead, during this time period (May 21-29), CNN.com prominently posted vitriolic allegations against, and criticisms of President Trump, along with “news” items and op-eds touting Biden. Here’s a sampling of the stories that appeared on CNN.com’s front page during this period:

  • “Mask and all, Biden crushes Trump” (which CNN left on its front page for two straight days)
  • “Trump’s snub over Obama portrait is part of a plan”
  • “On Memorial Day weekend, Trump shows his true self”
  • “Trump’s a disaster for black voters, but they also need to hold Biden accountable”
  • “Analysis: What Trump’s Minnesota tweet reveals about his moral compass”

Finally, this report contains:

  • The letter that SaveTheWest founder & president Ken Abramowitz, and the author of this report, Jon Sutz, sent to Jeff Zucker, president of CNN, requesting comment on this report – and if he is going to instruct CNN.com to stop exhibiting such egregious pro-Biden bias
  • The means by which concerned Americans can express their views on this situation to Zucker and CNN

Contents:

(1) Introduction

(2) The backlash to Biden’s racist slur over the following days was fierce and widespread — including from black Americans and Democrats

(3) CNN — which claims it is “the most trusted name in news” — ignored, then buried, then quickly removed stories regarding Biden’s latest racist slur from its front page

(4) From May 24 through May 29, CNN featured not a single story on its front page about Biden’s racist slur

(5) Biden’s long history of racist statements, and racist-whitewashing

(6) Our letter to Jeff Zucker, president of CNN — and how you can make your voice known on its actions regarding Biden’s racist slur

(7) Additional reading


(1) Introduction

On the morning of Thursday, May 21, 2020, former Vice President Joe Biden appeared on the popular New York radio talk show, “The Breakfast Club,” that runs from 7:00-10:00am, with host “Charlamagne tha God.” During the interview, as reported by the NY Post, the host:

… challenged Biden over his record on racial issues and whether he was seriously considering a black female running mate.

“I’m not acknowledging anybody who is being considered, but I guarantee you: There are multiple black women being considered. Multiple,” Biden said of his vice presidential search before an aide could be heard trying to cut the interview short.

“Thank you so much. That’s really our time. I apologize,” the aide said.

“You can’t do that to black media!” Charlamagne, real name Lenard Larry McKelvey, said.

“I do that to white media and black media because my wife has to go on at 6 o’clock,” Biden, 77, snapped back, apparently referring to a planned media appearance by Jill Biden.

“Listen, you’ve got to come see us when you come to New York, VP Biden,” Charlamagne, 41, said. “It’s a long way until November. We’ve got more questions.”

“You’ve got more questions?” Biden responded. “Well, I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”


(2) The backlash to Biden’s racist slur over the following days was fierce and widespread — including from black Americans and Democrats

Biden’s racist slur on May 21 was not an isolated incident. See some of his previous racist statements, and racist-whitewashing efforts, in Section 5.

The reaction to this comment, however, was an instantaneous firestorm of public condemnation, from across the political and racial spectrum, at all levels of American society. Here is a small sampling:

Rep. James Clyburn, a senior black Democratic member of Congress, said Biden’s comment made him “cringe.”

Sen. Tim Scott, a black Republican, said “That is the most condescending and arrogant comment I’ve heard in a very long time… He’s saying that 1.3 million African Americans (who voted for Trump), that ‘You’re not black’,? Who in the heck does he think he is?”

Deon Joseph, a black Twitter user, posted this selfie video:

Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and U.S Ambassador to the U.N. — and the daughter of Indian immigrants — said Biden’s slur was “gut-wrenchingly condescending…”

Talk show host Tammy Bruce, formerly the president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women, said:

“The threat on the left, as articulated now by Joe Biden, is that if you don’t conform, if you don’t think the way they say you’re supposed to think, you will be disappeared, you will be removed from your tribe, you’ll be removed from your family.”

Lt. Col. Allen West (ret), a black former Republican Congressman from Florida, had this to say:

The response was so fierce and fast, that Biden apologized the next day, May 22:

“I should not have been so cavalier. I’ve never, never, ever taken the African American community for granted.”


(3) CNN — which claims it is “the most trusted name in news” — ignored, then buried, then quickly removed stories regarding Biden’s latest racist slur from its front page

CNN’s pro-Democrat, pro-Biden bias is well-documented. Some may have thought that this latest Biden racist slur was so over the line, however, that CNN would address it thoroughly on its website, CNN.com, which does not have the time constraints that its TV channel does.

Those people were sorely disappointed, however, because the evidence shows that CNN ignored, then buried, then ignored this shocking story.

As documented by the Wayback Machine (Internet Archive), on the evening of May 21, CNN.com had no story about Biden’s racist slur on its front page. Instead, it featured stories it judged more important for its readers to be aware of, including:

On the evening of May 22, CNN published a story about Biden’s racist slur, but look at where it was positioned:


Then, on May 23, CNN removed the news story containing Biden’s slur, but published this analysis of it — again, buried beyond casual view, and below a top story about… President Trump’s golf outing:


(4) From May 24 through May 29, CNN featured not a single story on its front page about Biden’s racist slur

Any reader of CNN.com, who had not seen the story when it was briefly on CNN.com’s front page on May 22, or elsewhere, would have never known Biden had even uttered another racist slur.

Here are links from the Wayback Machine and Archive.is that prove this fact:

CNN front page 24 May 2020 18:05

CNN front page 25 May 2020 15:39

CNN front page 26 May 2020 16:11

CNN front page 27 May 2020 20:34

CNN front page 28 May 2020 07:02

CNN front page 29 May 2020 16:44

By clicking these links, you can see, however, the “news” stories and op-eds that CNN did publish on the front page of its site, that it supposedly believed were more important for its readers to know about than Biden’s latest racist slur, or the widespread condemnation of it. Some of these items include:

May 24:

This rare kitten was born with two faces

Trump seen doing same thing he criticized Obama for during Ebola crisis

Fareed’s Take: The bipartisan effort to bash Beijing

Watch laser destroy aircraft mid-flight

Caller denied prize because he ‘mispronounced’ singer’s name. Then the ’80s star waded in

May 25:

How sex workers are surviving in the age of social distancing

Kevin Hart is annoying his pregnant wife during lockdown

Governor bites her tongue about Trump, afraid he’ll cut aid

Opinion: On Memorial Day weekend, Trump shows his true self

Bar’s pool party draws packed crowd

May 26:

NBA star shocks fans with bright new hair

‘The Lovebirds’ couldn’t be cuter, except for this

KFC is testing a new chicken sandwich

Trump’s Twitter wars offer surreal glimpse into a President’s mind

May 27:

Mask and all, Biden crushes Trump

Giant bird sculpture delights town

CNBC anchors brawl in explosive exchange

Today’s high potency weed raises risk of anxiety and addiction, study says

Kirby Jenner, the ‘fraternal twin’ of Kendall Jenner, steps into the spotlight (day 2 on CNN.com front page)

May 28:

Mask and all, Biden crushes Trump (day 2 on CNN.com front page)

Kirby Jenner, the ‘fraternal twin’ of Kendall Jenner, steps into the spotlight (day 3 on CNN.com front page)

When a woman said she saw a wolverine on a Washington state beach, a wildlife official didn’t believe her

Starbucks mugs and tumblers are in hot demand from bargain hunters

Trump’s a disaster for black voters, but they also need to hold Biden accountable

May 29:

Grandma steps into tense confrontation as police try to stop grandson they say rolled through stop sign

Zookeeper in critical condition after being mauled by lions

Woman kept grandma’s body in freezer for 16 years in social security scheme, police say

Analysis: What Trump’s Minnesota tweet reveals about his moral compass

Zookeeper in critical condition after being mauled by lions (day 2 on CNN.com front page)


(5) Biden’s long history of racist statements, and racist-whitewashing

Merriam-Webster defines racism as:

“A belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.”

Biden said, explicitly, that due to their skin color, black Americans must vote for him and other Democrats — or they are stupid, or traitors to their race.

Racists operate by claiming that all of those with one skin color think and act the same way, and share the same behavioral traits, or, conversely, that certain social phenomenon are attributable to one race.

Biden has a long history of racist slurs, and speaking favorably of those with a long legacies of racism. Examples include:

  • In June 2006, Biden said, “You cannot go into a Dunkin’ Donuts or a 7-Eleven unless you have a slight Indian accent.”
  • In June 2010, Biden warmly eulogized a fellow Democratic U.S. Senator, Robert Byrd, once a leader of a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, who only nine years earlier, in 2001, said on national TV that, “There are white niggers. I’ve seen a lot of white niggers in my time.” Biden called Byrd “the dean of the United States Senate… and a dear friend.” (Although Byrd apologized, Biden never led a charge to expel him from the Senate, as he and other Democrats did against Trent Lott, who made an oblique compliment to another Senator with a racist history, Strom Thurmond.)
  • In 1977, Biden said that certain school de-segregation policies would cause his children to grow up “in a racial jungle.”
  • In June 2019, Biden spoke favorably of two other notorious racists in the U.S. Senate — also Democrats — James O. Eastland and Herman Talmadge.
  • In August 2012, Biden told a largely black audience that if elected, by championing free-market policies, Republicans would, “put y’all back in chains.” This is doubly ironic, being that (1) For more than a hundred years, the Democratic Party resisted all forms of taking the physical and legal chains off of black Americans, and (2) It was the free-market policies advanced by President Trump that produced unprecedented advances in their economic prosperity and opportunity — which stagnated under the big-government welfare state policies of the Obama-Biden administration.
  • In August 2019, Biden said, “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”
  • In October 2019, Biden explicitly smeared all police officers as racists, claiming they don’t pull over white girls.

That’s just a sampling.


(6) Our letter to Jeff Zucker, president of CNN — and how you can make your voice known on its actions regarding Biden’s racist slur

Here is the letter that SaveTheWest mailed to Jeff Zucker (bio), President of CNN, on June 2, 2020:

SaveTheWest.com Letter to CNN President re protecting VP Biden 02June20 by SaveTheWest on Scribd

We will post any reply we receive from Mr. Zucker, here and on SaveTheWest’s social media (Facebook, Twitter).


If you’d like to express your views to CNN on this incident, here are some means to do so. Please be polite and concise:

Phone: 404-827-1700

On Twitter: @CNN

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/cnn/

By email (rumored): jeff.zucker@turner.com

By CNN’s feedback form: www.cnn.com/feedback

By regular mail:

Jeff Zucker, President
CNN
One CNN Plaza
Atlanta, GA 30303


(7) Additional Reading

Biden says Charlamagne tha God ‘ain’t black’ if he might vote for Trump – NY Post

Karl Rove: Why Biden’s better off in the basement – Fox News

Joe Biden: Cops Don’t Pull Over White Girls – PJ Media

VIDEO: Joe Biden: “You can’t go to a 7 Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.”

Biden: “White Man’s Culture” Has To Change – RealClearPolitics

Biden tells African-American audience GOP ticket would put them “back in chains” – CBS News

Did Joe Biden Tell a Racially Mixed Audience that Republicans Would ‘Put Y’All Back in Chains’? – Snopes

Tavis Smiley: In The Era of Obama Blacks Have Lost Ground In Every Major Economic Category – RealClearPolitics

VIDEO: Senator Robert Byrd says white niggers on TV

Top Senate Democrat apologizes for slur – CNN

Biden remembers Byrd as a great leader, ‘dear friend’ – TheHill

Robert Byrd wasn’t a Grand Wizard of the KKK but he once led a local chapter – PolitiFact

Rep. Clyburn on The View says Biden’s ‘ain’t black’ comment made him ‘cringe’ – ABC News

FactCheck.org calls out Biden’s false claims, exaggerations from ‘Breakfast Club’ interview – Fox News

Biden said in 1977 that desegregation would create ‘a racial jungle’ – Business Insider

‘I should not have been so cavalier’: Joe Biden apologizes for saying black voters deciding between him and Trump ‘ain’t black’ – Business Insider India

Biden criticized after saying: ‘Poor kids are as bright as white kids’ – The Guardian (UK)

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