It didn’t take long for members of the mainstream media, notably CNN, to incorrectly claim that the Baltimore riots represent a new race problem for President Obama.
An article on CNN’s website stated, “The growing violence in Baltimore, just 40 miles from the White House, represents another challenge for the Obama administration in addressing racial unrest across the country. Since the police killing of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer, the administration has worked to acknowledge deep frustrations in minority communities while also supporting law enforcement.”
Someone might want to tell CNN that riots occurred in the United States before Barack Obama was elected president. No one in the media claimed that the 1992 LA riots were then President George H.W. Bush’s race challenge.
The violence in Baltimore is not an Obama problem. The riots in Baltimore were triggered by an American problem. The rioting in Baltimore did not happen in a vacuum. Police violence against African-Americans and other minorities is a very real problem.
There are some who are using the funeral of Freddie Gray to carry out their own violent criminal agenda. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the rioters thugs, “Too many people have spent a generation building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs who in a very senseless way are trying to tear down what so many have fought for.”
The situation in Baltimore is complex. It is an act of journalistic negligence to claim that Baltimore is a challenge for President Obama. What is happening in Baltimore is symptomatic of a larger issue that is plaguing communities all across the country.
African-Americans are dying at the hands of the police. CNN and every other mainstream media outlet can’t avoid the ugly truth by trying to blame President Obama.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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