After the London terror attacks Saturday evening, we can all be forgiven for a little anger, and for emotions running high. But not everyone was angry about radical Islamic killers running amok on London Bridge and in nightclubs. CNN’s Reza Aslan saved his outrage for President Trump’s response.
After the attacks, the president had tweeted:
We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2017
Aslan tweeted his profanity in his reply, and of course deleted it. But nothing truly goes away on the Internet, does it?
You might know Aslan from his CNN show “Believer,” a terrible pile of Jew-bashing garbage and Muslim apologetics billed as a neutral look at faith. So obviously, Trump’s travel ban is more anger-inducing than innocent lives taken in London.
Here’s a tweet Aslan didn’t delete that exposed some of his real feelings. In fact, Aslan’s entire Twitter feed is one long anti-Trump screed.
Translation: the president is a man baby that must be ignored in times of crisis. https://t.co/Kv1hIC7hEG
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) June 3, 2017
So that raises the question: why did he feel it necessary to delete the one tweet that best expresses his real feelings?
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) June 4, 2017
A less penitent apology has likely never been written.
When in the first few minutes of the terror attack in London, the President of the United States tweeted about his travel ban, I lost my cool and responded to him in a derogatory fashion. That’s not like me. I should have used better language to express my shock and frustration at the president’s lack of decorum and sympathy for the victims of London. I apologize for my choice of words.
The entire reason for the “apology” is apparently because he used a cuss word.
Now to the substance. First of all, there are no tweets, as in zero, on Aslan’s Twitter feed expressing decorum or sympathy for the victims of the London attacks. There were seven dead and over 40 injured, and Aslan only cares about Trump.
It’s really a fixation, as much of the press would rather descend upon the president’s tweets than the reality of what happened and who did it in London.
Second, just about everything Aslan tweets or retweets is derogatory about the president. To say “that’s not like me” is like a toddler with one hand in the cookie jar and the other stuffing a cookie in her mouth saying “I didn’t take a cookie.” That “piece of s**t” tweet is exactly, completely, one hundred percent like Aslan, and he knows it.
The choice of words is certainly not worse than Bill Maher’s on-air racial gaffe with Sen. Ben Sasse. These days, it’s not uncommon to hear the “S” word used in normal conversation, on air, never mind all over Twitter. I suspect the only reason Aslan issued his “apology” is because someone at CNN told him to. That’s probably also the reason the tweet was deleted.
Aslan should neither have apologized nor deleted the tweet. It’s obvious how he feels, and any pretense of objectivity was shed long ago. If pro-Trump news professionals can gush over the man, (as pro-Obama news professionals “thrilled” over him), then anti-Trump news people should also be able to express themselves.
Since it’s fairly obvious how many of them feel, CNN, and its journalists, would do well not to pretend at objectivity or not having a narrative. It’s a whole lot cleaner that way, isn’t it?