Trump-Inspired Terror? Man Threatens To Kill 'Fake News' CNN Employees

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The man called CNN "fake news" and told tell them he was going to shoot them. So, who radicalized him?

A few days ago, President Donald Trump and the GOP attacked the credibility of CNN, The New York Times and Washington Post by announcing the so-called "fake news awards."

 

Media organizations mostly made light of the tweet. However, it's all fun and games until it's not.

A recent incident involving CNN's office in Atlanta, Georgia, just demonstrated the - potentially fatal - dangers of the president's "fake news" rhetoric.

CNN reports a Michigan man allegedly called the channel several times, threatening to kill employees at its Atlanta, Georgia, headquarters.

The man, identified as Brandon Griesemer, has now been arrested. He made "22 calls to CNN on January 9 and January 10 and four calls, which were recorded, contained threats," according to the affidavit cited in the report.

"You are going down. I have a gun and I am coming to Georgia right now to go to the CNN headquarters to f***ing gun every single last one of you," the caller reportedly said. "I have a team of people. It's going to be great, man...You gotta get prepared for this one, buddy."

Griesemer also made derogatory comments about Jewish people and African-Americans.

The phone calls were eventually traced and Griesemer was taken into custody. He was charged with transmitting interstate communications with the intent to extort and threat to injure and later released on a $10,000 bond.

It is important to note here the incident comes only a month after President Trump, who has infamously called CNN "fake news" multiple times over the course of three years, retweeted an image showing a bloodied logo of the channel squashed under his shoe. Also, last July, he drew fire after sharing a doctored video of himself slamming a man whose head had been superimposed with a CNN logo.

Many believe Griesemer's actions, specifically his usage of the term "fake news" for CNN, were fueled by Trump's consistent endorsement of violence against journalists.

 

 

 

 

Not a week before Griesemer's alleged threats to CNN, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake stressed on the dangers Trump's fake news rhetoric poses to American sovereignty and national security in a poignant speech

"Mr. President, let us be clear. The impulses underlying the dissemination of such untruths are not benign. They have the effect of eroding trust in our vital institutions and conditioning the public to no longer trust them. The destructive effect of this kind of behavior on our democracy cannot be overstated."

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