Michael Bloomberg’s 2015 comments defending stop-and-frisk sure sounded bad, but at least he’s got friends in high places to help mitigate the damage. One of these friends is CNN business and politics correspondent Cristina Alesci, who, coincidentally, used to work at Bloomberg Television.
According to Alesci, as damning as the audio is, there really isn’t any evidence that we should take it seriously:
Attacking Dixon as a Bernie supporter, questioning how he got the audio—and what his motives are. pic.twitter.com/nBkBbPU6Kr
— Jordan (@JordanChariton) February 11, 2020
So what if Benjamin Dixon is a Bernie supporter? Dixon didn’t manufacture the audio. Michael Bloomberg built that. Michael Bloomberg made that happen.
Hey @CNN morons: The audio has been on YouTube for five years because a local reporter posted it after Aspen Institute and Grassroots TV agreed to spike the video at Bloomy's request. https://t.co/hKC2TqUUxb
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) February 11, 2020
Imagine CNN putting more time into vetting Ben’s twitter feed than into vetting Mike Bloomberg.
The fact that Ben is a Bernie supporter has absolutely nothing to do with how racist stop and frisk is. This is shameful.pic.twitter.com/T5Czhn1i6i
— blackness everdeen ? (@traceyecorder) February 11, 2020
In fairness, CNN’s Kate Bolduan isn’t so quick to dismiss the significance of Bloomberg’s comments. But Alesci’s desperate, knee-jerk defense of Bloomberg and attempt to smear the guy who dug up the audio is still a very, very bad look for CNN. A familiar look, but a bad one nonetheless.
firefighters, man https://t.co/UkIIj85PT4
— ?'? ? ??????? ???? (@BecketAdams) February 11, 2020
— Jay Malak (@KobbeMalak) February 11, 2020
Just to be on the safe side, don’t hold your breath.
THIS….. is CNN. https://t.co/ZvCUQYdboW
— EducatëdHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) February 11, 2020