CNN correspondent Miguel Marquez, who was at the scene when rioters attacked a CNN news crew, defended them, claiming he understands their anger and “cannot blame” them for it.
What happened: Rioters chased away a CNN crew covering the unrest sparked by the police shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright. A video of the incident showed the crew trying to talk to protesters to decrease the tension when someone in the back threw a water bottle that caused a CNN crew member to fall down.
Eventually, they started pushing the CNN crew away and threw objects at them as their car drove away.
What he said: Marquez explained in detail what happened when protesters surrounded the crew last week and some started throwing water bottles at them. He told CNN’s Brial Stelter on his show “Reliable Sources” that the protesters started “shouting us down” and were trying to block the reporters from seeing them attempting to provoke law enforcement officers.
“They had a loudspeaker, they were trying to shout us down. They wanted us to move to a place where we couldn’t see the protesters that were taunting the police,” Marquez explained.
“And that’s when this water bottle gets thrown at one of our guys. He stumbled back, fell over — tripped over a curb but it heightened everything at that point. We started trying to figure out how to make an exit because it was just getting too intense there. But we didn’t want to look like we were running. That’s when somebody hit me with a water bottle. And then we sort of started moving toward our cars.”
Then, Marquez offered a defense for the rioters that attacked them, saying that the CNN crew was “at the wrong place … [and] time.”
” I cannot blame them for being angry,” he said. “But, you know, a lot of people are very angry, suspicious of the press, the corporate media, all of those things come into it at these places. And it was just one of those situations that –- it was intense, there were people who were angry at everything and everybody and we happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Meanwhile, Stelter downplayed the incident and accused the right-wing media of making it go “viral.”
“This was a story that went viral in right-wing media, frankly they claim CNN was covering it up, which is ridiculous,” he said.
Says they were in “wrong place at the wrong time.” (They were in RIGHT place, doing their jobs.) pic.twitter.com/pkq9xVdU4D
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) April 18, 2021
Yet, it took Stelter, the chief media correspondent for CNN who mainly covers media stories, four days to address the story. It was not featured in his newsletter either. For example, Stelter reported on news that law enforcement mistreated members of the media covering the unrest.
Hey …. visit CNN sometime and ask yourself, “Would this be any different if it were produced by the Democratic party?” #DontTrustTheMedia
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