It has been remarkable to watch the last few days as Americas self-styled most trusted news network has sent out teams of reporters to various areas of Ferguson, Mo., ostensibly to cover the protests there. While their cameramen are watching cars on fire and stores being looted, the reporters ramble on about how most people here are peaceful protesters.
Where are these peaceful protesters? The reporters cant seem to find any. Instead, they turn to outside experts and some carefully vetted religious leaders to talk about the real message of the protests.
CNNs narrative was laid out early on Monday evening as correspondent Van Jones (formerly of the Obama administration) warned the audience not to pay attention to a few knuckleheads who later became a bunch of knuckleheads who started a bunch of nonsense.
Knuckleheads? Nonsense? When did knucklehead become a synonym for arsonist? When did taking a baseball bat to store windows become a bunch of nonsense? Talk about defining deviancy down.