NC GOP Office Firebombed; CNN Reporter Blames Trump

Zach Montanaro | October 17, 2016
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Journalism, I knew thee well.

Over the weekend, a GOP office in Orange County, N.C. was firebombed, damaging the building and destroying much of the furniture and campaign materials inside. Outside of an adjacent building, someone spray-painted the threatening message “Nazi Republicans get out of town or else.” Local Republican officials said that staffers often work after-hours, but thankfully no one was in the building this time.

Despite politicians in both parties condemning the firebombing, including Hillary Clinton, that didn’t stop some in the media from immediately turning things political.

As first shown by Newsbusters, CNN’s Brian Stelter was talking about the heated rhetoric of the campaign when he brought up the firebombing as an example. Then, amazingly, he laid the blame at the feet of Donald Trump.

“But that kind of action is unacceptable,” Stelter said. “And we need to have the temperature come down on all sides right now. Unfortunately, Donald Trump is the lead in terms of raising the temperature at this moment in time.”

So an action that nearly burned a GOP office to the ground, graffiti saying “Nazi Republicans get out of town or else,” and something that could very well have killed someone… is apparently Trump’s fault.

The media, of course, have been careful to point out that no one knows who caused the firebombing or why. While this is true, one can only imagine the uproar and immediate assignment of blame if a Clinton office was torched and someone wrote a threatening message to Democrats.

This isn’t the only time Stelter has taken shots at Trump under a thin guise of journalism. Just last week, he openly called Trump “dangerous” and “paranoid” directly after dismissing Trump’s claim that the media is biased against him as “BS.”

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