CNN Blames Brexit, Leaders on 'Both Sides of the Atlantic' For Internet Racism

Alex Christy | July 12, 2021
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[See NewsBusters for more.] It is an unfortunate fact of life that social media allows people to say all sorts of horrible things that they would never say to a person's face. This is what happened after three black English soccer players missed their penalty kicks in England's EURO championship loss to Italy on Sunday, but for Monday's CNN Newsroom, the fact that people are racist jerks on the internet provided an opportunity to paint Brexit and conservative leaders on both sides of the Atlantic as responsible.

World sports contributor Darren Lewis alleged that Brexit, the very simple idea that British laws should be passed in London and not Brussels, was responsible for the hate, "Football people here in England and even in the wider society have been calling on social media companies to do far more for a sustained period of time, and the help simply hasn't come. The abuse that the players had yesterday, I would suggest, is a symptom of something much bigger in this country here in the UK. I saw Nick Robertson's report about the anti-Brexit, post-Brexit tensions. There have been tensions in this country ever since Brexit."