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FBI: Man Threatened to Attack CNN

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

No, it wasn't Donald Trump, but it was a man who was certainly inspired by him.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested a Michigan man who called CNN and told the "fake news" network that was going to gun them all down.

It began with claims of "fake news" and ended with threats of violence.

Griesemer told a CNN operator, among other things, "Fake news. I'm coming to gun you all down."

He then called again, saying "I'm smarter than you. More powerful than you. I have more guns than you. More manpower. Your cast is about to get gunned down in a matter of hours."

Griesemer continued, "I am coming to Georgia right now to go to the CNN headquarters to f---ing gun every single last one of you."

I don't think anyone should equivocate. This is clearly Trump's doing. He's filling the heads of his supporters with murder fantasies; fantasies about murdering critical journalists.

Most people are not going to plot or threaten to attack a news network just because Trump tweeted a thing, but it only takes one person to create a tragedy. And the next threat may not be phoned in ahead of time.

I'm not going to say they're equally culpable, but I don't expect the White House Press Corps or Association will spend more than a few seconds on this story if they do at all. And when White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders serves them a plate of bullshit, most of them will ask her to pass the salt.

  • Victor the Crab

    If someone wanted to shoot up people at CNN, they wouldn’t be calling CNN HQ to tell them that. I’d imagine some whack job with revenge fantasies is well aware of that.

  • Aynwrong

    This was inevitable. It ended the best way possible at least for now. Hopefully law enforcement keeps an eye on this dunce for quite a while and he’s not allowed to own a gun assuming he doesn’t already.

  • Badgerite

    This is rather extraordinary.
    Media Matters@mmfa:
    Lou Dobbs call for U.S. Marshals to take “top people” in the Justice Department and FBI into custody.

    Hmmm. For what, exactly? Investigating trump? The Russia investigation will be required to produce evidence for a jury. It isn’t like they will send U.S. Marshals to take him into custody without the Due Process of Law required by our United States Constitution or anything. Can we finally dispense with the idea that the ‘Christian’ Evangelical movement has anything at all to do with Christianity or with freedom or even with any decent and humane idea of morality or patriotism.
    The lying that Pence and Huckabee Sanders have done has just been breathtaking. And then there’s Roy Moore.
    What they seem to want is a theocracy similar to the rule of the Ayatollahs in Iran. Here’s a big “no thank you” on that.

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  • Draxiar

    Now imagine the conniption fit the right would be in if it were FOX that were threatened. I can see it now, “See? It’s the left that violent!”

  • muselet

    Brandon Griesemer is 19 years old and as dumb as a sack of hair. How dumb is he? Josh Marshall explains.

    Brandon Griesemer is probably not a real threat to anyone or anything, just a 19-year-old hothead. Still, I’m glad he’s been arrested (although an unsecured $10,000 bond doesn’t seem adequate to me). And the next stupid who gets all riled up might not stop at threatening phone calls.

    As for Donald Trump, of course he wound this dumbass up, pointed him at CNN and let him go. He’s not legally liable, but at some level he will be responsible when someone else does actually attack a journalist. Whether the public as a whole will see it that way is an open question.

    –alopecia

    • Georgie

      It’ll be his whole if I shot someone moment.