Controversies Erupt Over Coverage of Chicago Torture Videotape

redlight_traffics_inaugural_dignity_gala_10358998094_cropped200px-Cnn.svgWhile the criminal acts are clear on the horrific videotapes showing the torture of disabled man in Chicago, the response to the videotape has been more unexpected. That includes the bizarre spin given initially by a ranking police officer that the torture could just been the type of “stupid decisions” made by “young adults.” CNN host Don Lemon is under fire for his response to the horrific videotapes from Chicago of a white disabled man being tortured by four black assailants. After a guest says quite understandably that the torture of the disabled man was “evil,” Lemon insists that it was not necessarily “evil” as opposed to “bad home training.” Millions of people were legitimately confused how torturing a disabled man, forcing him to drink from a toilet, and betraying his friendship with a former school mate could in any universe be just “bad home training.”


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Chicago police are finally calling the horrific crimes committed against a white disabled man in Chicago a hate crime and released the names of the alleged culprits.  They are Jordan Hill, 18, Tesfaye Cooper, 18, Brittany Covington, 18, and Tanishia Covington, 24.

Guest Matt Lewis states “The fact that this was a vulnerable person that was probably duped into going along with them. It appears it is someone who is mentally disabled, I think makes it even more sickening. But at the end of the day, you just try to wrap your head around evil. That’s what this is, it’s evil. It’s brutality. It’s man’s inhumanity to man.” Lemon curiously responds by saying “I don’t think it’s evil,” Lemon replied. “I don’t think it’s evil. I think these are young people and I think they have bad home training. I say, who is raising these young people? I have no idea who’s raising these young people. Because no one I know on Earth who is 17 years old or 70 years old would ever think of treating another person like that. It is inhumane. And you wonder, at 18 years old, where is your parent? Where’s your guardian?”

Another guest Democrat strategist and former Bernie Sanders press secretary Symone Sanders questioned “not a hate crime” if the suspects were motivated by “hate of Donald Trump.” Of course, the guests had just watched the assailants screaming “f–k white people” as they tortured a man. Would have a nuanced approach be the same if the races were reversed in the videotape with equivocation over whether it might be more politics and race? Yet, he suggested that somehow this might be the fault of the Trump campaign (or Trump himself) in bringing out extremists:

I just want to remind folks that we cannot sit here and ignore that — at least for the last year on very public display — the worst parts of America have been brought from the fringe into the mainstream. That affects people on both sides. We’ve talked about white nationalists and white supremacists and the KKK, but there also, when this inflammatory rhetoric is out there, when someone is repeatedly telling you that your community is the worst of the worst, it brings out the worst of the worst in people.”

NBC News correspondent Ron Mott also took a curious take: “You look at it on the surface, you think kids can make some really poor decisions from time to time. They made so many errors, if they were truly trying to be criminal, to obviously broadcast your crime is not a smart thing to do.” The suggestion of “some really poor decisions” usually means things like speed racing on city streets as opposed to torturing disabled persons.

What do you think?

66 thoughts on “Controversies Erupt Over Coverage of Chicago Torture Videotape

  1. “What do you think?”

    I think at 54 years of age I can still wipe those smirks off of those faces.

    But 30 years of prison? Just as good.

  2. There was a cute sci-fi space movie with Sigorney W. and others where they landed on a planet and all kinds of cute little ones were running around playing then all of a sudden the teeth come out.

    Think human version…Don Lemon.
    So sweet and dressed to the nines, then the teeth… but he does it in such a way that he is seen as a young well spoken gentle guy…it takes a little bit of time…not much…to realize just how racist he is….but he does it with flair…doesn’t he? A slime ball of a news person…like tacking jello to the wall.

    But I’m sure he’s a nice guy….right?

  3. Sorry, but I have to share Ann Coulter’s tweet that sums it up perfectly:

    “Don Lemon: Suspects just “bad home training.”
    Ann Coulter: “I can’t thank my parents enough for teaching me it’s wrong to kidnap/torture the mentally impaired”

    • And someone tweeted back: “bad home training” is when a 50yr old man gets drunk on national TV and whines about relationships and how selfish he is.

      ….great summary of CNNs New Years rockin’ eve with Don.

  4. Did anyone notice that President Obama is MIA on this one? Not the case when colors are reversed.
    Selective outrage, indeed.

  5. You’re surprised? There’s a strand of opinion among blacks which fancies that blacks are an aristocratic element and it’s an exercise in effrontery for white peasants to presume to hold them accountable according to impersonal standards. There’s a section of the white bourgeoisie who fuel this view and fancy themselves goodwhites acting as tribunes in defense of blacks against badwhites. Don Lemon’s impulses may be those of a minority among blacks, but they’re common enough.

  6. Chicago in 2016:
    Shot & Killed: 713
    Shot & Wounded: 3666
    Total Shot: 4379
    Total Homicides: 795 (up from 509 in 2015, a 56% increase)

    A person is shot every 2 hours.
    A person is murdered every 11 hours.

    In fact, this kidnap and torture incident is Chicago.
    This is what Chicago has become. These are the values of a not-small subset of Chicagoans..
    Not an aberration, but pretty typical.
    The young people who did this have no remorse because much of the city is just like them.

    From The Talk: Nonblack Version by John Derbyshire:

    “(9) A small cohort of blacks—in my experience, around five percent—is ferociously hostile to whites and will go to great lengths to inconvenience or harm us. A much larger cohort of blacks—around half—will go along passively if the five percent take leadership in some event. They will do this out of racial solidarity, the natural willingness of most human beings to be led, and a vague feeling that whites have it coming.”

    Don Lemon fits in the ‘around half’ number.

        • Gary, I was curious and had to look that up. A site, iraqbodycount.org says there were 3,426 deaths in Baghdad in 2015. But if you look at total shot in Chicago–4,379 as KC reports, it would seem that there would probably have been far more deaths without the availability of quick healthcare (assuming there is quick healthcare in Chicago.) Still seems like a lot of violence and death for a country who has been killing people around the world so they’ll stop killing other people in the world. It’s almost like someone realizes immense profit from the whole scenario…

    • Explain to me how this is not the exact effect the BLM movement/ideology is having on young people today — and not just the feeling that ‘whites have it coming’ but that cops have it coming too.

  7. The stupidity of this is so blatant that one has to ask one’s self if these spokespeople are mentally challenged or not. It’s bad parenting, ineffectual social structure, and whatever other causes that result in evil. It is evil. It is hate. It is crime. Perhaps all three are crack babies and it is a result of mental illness. In the end it is evil, hate, pure and simple. Trying to move the focus from pure hate and evil to the cause of the evil in the hope of sharing the blame with society and parents is part of what causes this hate and evil. In the end these mutts are broken, evil, and dangerous. The proper result is for them to be put away for a minimum of 30 years, either in prison or a mental facility. Or, you could blame the parents and let them loose.

  8. Not being from either political party and a causal observer. it seems to be that the Alt Left is far more dangerous than the Alt Right. There’s no apologists for Dylann Roof, but there seems to be massive excuses for the Orlando shooter and these four individuals. What’s worse about this is that the left promotes it’s humanitarian reasons for existence. They focus on “taxes for the poor” bit and taking care of those who cannot take care of themselves. It beginning to look like their only interest is that long march into the workers’ paradise and total control and corruption and robbing the public purse.

    I heard a radio show from the UK discussing this yesterday. It was shocking to hear to the excuses given for this by the self identified socialist on the program.

    Socialism kills. Socialism kills without apology, but loads of excuses.

    Congratulations to Donald J. Trump for winning his second term.

    • You seem to have a point there. Killing sure seemed to be the method of choice for Stalin and Mao. When everyone is special, then no one is special. The rest is an easy slide to Maoism.

    • Though I’m not satisfied with either side, I completely agree. I thank my lucky stars Hillary wasn’t elected; I can’t imagine the level of hypocrisy, censorship, and mistruth she conveyed during the election actually being sanctioned by the state.

      This is truly a tragic case, and if the roles were reversed, these kids would fry. It is a curious and troubling state of affairs and atmosphere we find ourselves in, and I wonder how CNN would have reacted if it had been one of their mentally challenged loved ones. The law can’t protect people should it cease applying to everyone, and the objectification of other human beings in our society, particularly by younger people (who for some inexplicable reason are met with coddling rather than consequences, for the advertising dollars etc.) is truly shocking and simultaneously unabashedly hypocritical. I see it out in the world more than I’d care to.

      I am hoping it’s just generational ignorance and will eventually be outgrown. Granted, the earth’s population was half what it is now in my youth, but I can’t recall a time in my life when so many were so unhinged. I partially blame the misuse of social media and constant connectivity.

  9. How is this different from bombing, killing, maiming, torturing defenseless people when the US invades another country? Both are examples of committing heinous acts because someone lives in a certain place, has a certain look, skin shade, culture, etc.

    • It’s not, what’s your point? Some of us have been trying push back against that government behavior and not justify it depending on the political party in control of the day. So why don’t you make sure to include the current President, Secretary of State, and Presidential Election Loser to your critical list and get off your high horse. I’m not big on Fed involvement on most things anymore, but in this case, maybe they can prop up a quickly eroding civilization for a little while longer by making the proper example of how you treat these animals. No passes.

    • This is an interesting perspective on what you write above:

      “Why Release the Torture Report Now
      Posted on January 6, 2017 by DavidSwanson
      A young man was tortured in Chicago this week. It wasn’t an act of the Chicago police. It was live streamed on Facebook. And the President of the United States declared it an horrific hate crime.

      The President did not advise “looking forward” rather than enforcing the law. Nor did he hold open the possibility that the crime might have served some higher purpose. In fact, he didn’t excuse the crime in any way that might help recommend it for imitation by others.

      Yet this same president has forbidden the prosecution of U.S. government torturers for the past 8 years and has now seen fit to keep a four-year-old Senate report on their torture secret for at least 12 years more…

      http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2017/01/release-torture-report-now.html#more-64789

        • Yes indeed. Obama seemed to relish his torture of Chelsea Manning. Then there was Omar Khadr, child soldier. That is truly an appalling set of actions against a young boy whom international law required Obama to protect. Instead he did the opposite. But I suppose if you’re up to murdering a 16 year old boy by drone and bragging about it, torturing other people isn’t much of a problem.

  10. When CNN was initially launched, it was derided as “Chicken Noodle Network”.
    With fools like Don Lemon, Carol Costello, and Fareed Zakaria on board, that Chicken Noodle Network description is perhaps fairer today than it was 30 years ago.

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