EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - CNN’s Editor-at-Large Chris Cillizza posted on Twitter, and then deleted, a picture of President Donald Trump in what looked like crosshairs, a shooting target.
Cillizza said that the image was tweeted by mistake because of a mix up with the program used to generate it. That is a plausible explanation and I have no idea whether it is true or not.
What I do know is that some in the media are getting more and more violent in their language toward the Trump administration. The hypocrisy runs pretty deep because this happens on the same outlets where you often hear complaints about the rhetoric used by the president and his administration.
Last week an MSNBC anchor, Nicolle Wallace, asked a top NBC political reporter how she could resist the temptation to wring the neck of press secretary Sarah Sanders. Wallace apologized, but even the apology was couched in an attack on the way Sarah Sanders does her job.
A CNN analyst, April Ryan, is in the White House briefing room every day and often spars with press secretary Sanders, which is fine. What’s not fine is that Ryan recently suggested on Twitter that she was going to get in a “street fight” with Sarah after she did not like the way the press secretary responded to her from the podium.
Here is the bottom line: whether CNN’s Chris Cillizza tweeted a picture of President Trump in the middle of a target by mistake or not, that tweet is representative of an overall anger and unacceptable violent attitude toward the president and his team by those who are supposed to be bringing us the news.