I actually started to feel sorry for CNN's Don Lemon today.
As he interviewed the mother of Jacob Blake, the 29-year-old African-American male shot by police on August 23 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, you could see the horror flicker across Lemon's face as he realized that Blake's mother wasn't sticking to the standard media script.
As for the rioting, looting and fire bombing that erupted in Kenosha afterwards, CNN actually named this on a now widely ridiculed TV graphic, "fiery but mostly peaceful protests."
The CNN reporter describing the scene, national correspondent Omar Jimenez, is seen standing in front of a half dozen burning cars as he reports that this was merely one of "multiple locations" burning across the city.
Don Lemon, though, interviewed Jacob Blake's mother in anticipation that she would support the justice, at least, of the rioters' actions.
After all, her son had just been shot by police, part of the culture of white supremacy and police violence that Donald Trump, the white nationalist-in-chief, was inflicting on the Black community.
Yet that is not what Jacob Blake's mother said.
"My family and I are very hurt and, quite frankly, disgusted" by the rioting, Blake's mother, Julia Jackson, told Lemon, the shock evident on his face.
"And as his mother, please don't burn up property and cause havoc and tear your own homes down in my son's name. You shouldn't do it anyway, but to use my child or any other mother or father's child, our tragedy, to react in that manner, is just not acceptable."
Lemon was flabbergasted.
After he recovered a little, he tried again to steer the conversation back to a denunciation of America in general and Donald Trump in particular.
"Do you have anything to say," he asked Blake's mother, "to the politicians who are out there, to the president or candidates?"
It turned out Blake's mother did have something to say. She wanted to apologize to Donald Trump for the attacks on his character by one of Blake's relatives!
Lemon couldn't believe what he was hearing but was powerless to stop it. He watched with a look of dull horror on his face.
"To our president Trump," Blake's mother said, her voice quivering with quiet dignity, "a family member said something that was, ah, not kind. She is hurting, and I do apologize for that. She does not reflect our behavior."
Jackson then addressed Trump directly. "I'm sorry I missed your call," she said, smiling a little, "because had I not missed your call, maybe the comments that you made may have been different. I'm not mad at you, at all."
And then Jackson sent a dagger straight into the lying media's cold, dead, dishonest heart:
"I have the utmost respect for you as the leader of our country," she said.
It turns out that the mother of the latest African-American victim of supposed white supremacy and police violence actually doesn't hate Donald Trump and apparently doesn't blame him for what happened to her son.
You could almost see Don Lemon's head explode. He has publicly called Trump a racist on numerous occasions.
Yet it's finally beginning to dawn on Democrat donors and their media allies that the riots, looting and "fiery but mostly peaceful protests" that they have egged on for months are actually backfiring with the public as in the 1960s and '70s.
Lemon himself said the riots had to stop – not because burning down people's homes and businesses is a bad idea in and of itself – but because "it's showing up in the polling."
According to the most recent Rasmussen and Zogby Polls, Trump is at his highest approval rating ever in his presidency.
Zogby has Trump at 52% approval with the public as a whole, 36% approval among African Americans and 37% approval among Hispanics. Depending upon the poll, this is actually a higher approval rating than that of Barack Obama at the same time in his presidency.
What's more, a recent Gallup poll of African Americans found that a strong majority of Blacks, 61%, want the same or more policing in their neighborhoods, not less, as the media claim.
The truth is, America is not nearly as divided as the media portray.
Ordinary Americans of all colors just want to live in peace – and now see through attempts by the Democrats and their media allies, such as Don Lemon, to set communities against one another in a four-year effort to overturn a democratic election they lost.
Fortunately, honest citizens like Jacob Blake's mother are willing to tell the truth, despite personal tragedy, in the face of relentless media spin and propaganda.
Robert J. Hutchinson writes about the intersection of politics and ideas. He is the author of numerous books of popular history, including, most recently, "What Really Happened: The Death of Hitler" (Regnery, 2020). Read Robert J. Hutchinson's Reports — More Here.
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