On George Floyd and Mohammad Anwar, an accidental analogy

Well CNN is in hot conservative water, again. The mainstream news mouthpiece of dependably sensible conformist flavor cannot win. How do they do it again, and again? They are not blatantly Leftist; much of their line-straddling subjectivity slants toward the popular political narratives, something visible in sleight of tongue where they craft ambiguous semantics which disguise their agenda. And if it was acceptable for Donald Trump to be held to account for his Tweets, why not CNN?

Yesterday they reported that two young girls are being charged for last Tuesday’s murder in the death of Mohammad Anwar, a Uber Eats driver in Washington.

Mohammad Anwar, 66, of Springfield, Virginia, was killed Tuesday afternoon near Nationals Park, the Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement.

“We are devastated by this tragic news and our hearts go out to Mohammad’s family during this difficult time,” an Uber spokesperson said, according to affiliate WTOP. “We’re grateful the suspects have been arrested and thank the Metropolitan Police Department for their diligence with this investigation.”

The girls, 13 and 15, assaulted Anwar with a Taser while carjacking him, which led to an accident in which he was fatally injured, police said.

The girls were charged with felony murder and armed carjacking, police said.

But CNN, not content to merely report the story, added clarification to their Tweet of the story link with text whose questionable language caused the furor.

CNN Accident Tweet

I get it. CNN has chosen to express a very objective interpretation of the events. The carjackers assaulted the driver. This resulted in an accident which killed him. We might use the same verbiage to describe a drunk driver who killed innocent passengers in a car he collided with.

“The man was drunk, he drove his car and got in an accident, killing several people.” We don’t say “a man killed several people,” though that’s what he did, literally.

In this respect, the Conservative backlash against CNN’s Tweet is exaggerated and self-serving. The problem is that CNN’s convenient use of objectivity is reserved for incidents where the Leftist narrative is served by such semantic finesse while rarely used to narrate incidents in which it would illuminate events which don’t favor the Leftist narrative.


I have no problem with CNN’s choice of description in the Tweet, but I suggest that from this point on, CNN fairly applies its objective standards across the board, utilizing the same logic. There is at least one noteworthy news incident last year that could have benefited from more objective news coverage.

I present an alternate news dimension in which CNN consistently applies the same “logic” in describing Anwar’s death to describe George Floyd’s.

floyd restrained

The suspect, under the suspected influence of drugs, was subjected to routine physical restraint which, due to various physiological and intoxication factors, resulted in accidental suffocation.

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