Members of the mainstream media that subtly try to justify the riots in Minneapolis are contributing to the problem and—in many cases--preach from their safe confines far away from the realities on the ground, Buck Sexton, the host of “The Buck Sexton Show” said Friday.
There may be no better example than CNN anchor Don Lemon, who tries to be the voice of the rioters but his remarks ring hallow because he seems to be completely out of touch with the community he pretends to represent, Sexton said.
Outrage over the death of George Floyd spread across the country this week after a grotesque video emerged of a police officer pinning him to the ground by kneeling on his neck. President Trump called the video “horrible” and ordered the FBI to expedite the investigation.
Many black Americans feel aggrieved over the death and have taken to the streets in cities across the country to protest. But media personalities, like Lemon, somehow try to justify looting as another form of protest.
Sexton said it appears that Lemon's comments are “looking for some rationalization” for the looting.
Sexton said “we should all be united” in the condemnation of the Floyd death. But when millionaire anchors go on television and try to pretend that they’re in touch with a community that is struggling, it comes off as disingenuous. He said Lemon lives in luxury in New York City and spends his weekends in exclusive enclaves on Long Island.
Lemon admitted that people should not be rioting, but tried to explain what was “behind the looting.”
“So people should not be rioting,” Lemon said. “But do you understand what is behind that rioting? People should not be looting. Do you understand what's behind that looting? Do you have as much outrage for that or for a man on the ground with a police officer with his knee on his neck for eight, nine minutes?”
Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer in the video, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday. He was taken into police custody.
“This is by far the fastest that we’ve ever charged a police officer,” Mike Freeman, the Hennepin County attorney, said, according to CBS Minnesota. The complaint said that while Floyd was pinned to the ground he repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe.” Officers responded to him that he was “talking fine,” the complaint said. One officer asked if they should roll Floyd on his side, and Chauvin responded, “No, staying put where we got him,” the complaint said.
Sexton said the Floyd’s death is “horrific,” but the people who say, “Well, I’m angry, too, I’m going to break things,” are also wrong.