CNN's Chris Cuomo is a man who likes to make up his own 'facts'. Remember back in October 2016 when he told his CNN viewers that it was "illegal to possess" documents published by Wikileaks but continued that "it's different for the media...so everything you learn about this, you're learning from us." That's one way to keep a captive audience and control messaging...just scare them into viewership by telling them it's illegal to consume information directly from their original sources...
Unfortunately, despite being mercilessly mocked on social media, Cuomo didn't learn his lessons from his Wikileaks mishap. Just this morning Cuomo decided to drop another creative 'fact' on viewers saying "the number one domestic terror threat in the U.S. is the extreme right...just look at the stats." Courtesy of the Daily Caller:
“If you take anarchists at their worst, do you have malefactor? Do you have criminals in their ranks? Do you have people who do violent things? Yes, yes, yes, yes. That is not a moral equivalency to the KKK,” Cuomo said. “It’s certainly not an equivalent to what we see on the right. Just look at the stats. The number one domestic terror threat in the U.S. is the extreme right. There is not even a close second.”
“That’s all they’re about is hate. Two out of three people on this panel they don’t want to exist!”
Which we guess is a completely accurate statement if you ignore the 2,996 people killed in the 9/11 attacks, 49 people killed in the Orlando night club shooting, 14 people killed in San Bernadino, etc.
Of course, the point that Cuomo's guest was attempting to make, which is difficult when you're cut off every 5 seconds, was simply that there are professional agitators who are paid to attend rallies and incite violence when opportunities present themselves. As we pointed out yesterday, there are actually companies that advertise their ability to source "Crowds on Demand" to attend "protests, rallies, flash-mobs" anywhere in the country...so this is hardly a controversial point.
“What I’m saying is there are individuals in this country, human beings in the country that do want a race war, and do want to cause violence and pain and even death to other people,” Ferguson said.
“This is where people are so hyper focused on one issue only that they are completely missing the point that many Americans understand,” Ferguson replied. “There is no doubt that the KKK, white supremacists, neo-Nazis are disgusting and vile, despicable human beings. That should be able to be a statement that is stand alone on it’s own.”
Ferguson asked if it was possible to have a second, separate conversation about violence stirred up intentionally, meant to increase racial hostilities and bring about a race war.
“There are violent people out there that when they see an opportunity to become violent, when they see an opportunity to create a race war that they do show up everywhere and travel around the country to try to have a race war,” Ferguson said. “There are people that want to do that.”
That said, it's difficult to argue a point when entire media organizations are willing to simply makeup 'facts'...