Following my post last night about controversial CNN anchor Chris Cuomo saying, “Just be careful, cuz you know how they are–” when referring to the police, he has since made headlines elsewhere, such as Breitbart and Mediaite.
Since I’m a far better person than he (just ask me, I’ll tell you), I will post his explanation in full, via his Facebook page:
perception matters in sensitive situations like #baltimore and truth matters. I did not insult the cops as relayed by a couple of online outlets. Here is the truth: cops since curfew have asked me to warn people not to form chains or do anything after curfew but leave. And that any approaching of officers would be taken as provocation and potential arrest. You just can’t do it. Doesn’t matter if you are trying to help. They will do that job and they won’t take changes with discussing what they do with protestors before doing it.
The young men, while stating good intentions, were doing exactly what cops said not to do
So I was leveling with them, relating the obvious: if
You do what the cops say not to they will take you down. We had already seen exactly that the night before.
This is being interpreted as my bias vs police or their actions. I have reported just the opposite. I said just the opposite ALL NIGHT. check it.
This is being twisted to paint a picture of media anti cop bias. One outlet even sources a twitter account that is just some guy, making it seem like he is part of some legit CNN-based media watchdog. Ridiculous.
One reason cops have allowed us to be in such proximity is the trust we built with how we report what happens. They don’t always like it but they see it is straight.
The arrests we saw in last couple days square with this reckoning: the cops are not playing around. This is dangerous for them. If you ignore instructions like curfew and approach them in a way that seems provocative (like ignoring instruction and invading space) they will be aggressive
THATS HOW THEY ARE. and that is not an insult.
Ironically, the young men in red last night did not get taken down by the police. Instead, when their “helpful human chain” started pushing young men in blue, a squabble broke out and other citizens helped break it up and people dispersed. The police were just a symbol. No action needed.
Sensitives are raw and the situation is going to be tense tonight given new bits of investigation in the air. I don’t need public or police falsely believing I have an animus.
Let’s focus on the real hostilities at play.
Of course, while you can believe or not believe him all you want, I take issue with the part I bolded.
While I do, of course, appreciate the shout-out, at no point do I claim to be “some legit CNN-based media watchdog”. I watch CNN, I post stuff related to CNN, the comings and goings of its talent… but at no point to I claim to be “legit” – the tagline for my blog is “A viewer’s thoughts” and my Twitter account clearly disclaims any affiliation with CNN.
But go on, Chris… Smear away.