A former New York City Police Commissioner walked off a CNN set minutes before going live because of the politicization of the mail bombs coverage.
Bernard Kerik, New York City’s top cop during the 9/11 terror attacks, told “Breitbart News Tonight” that he found it “appalling” that CNN aired a rant from former CIA Director John Brennan instead of focusing on the aftermath of the mail bombs sent to top Democratic Party figures.
“I was scheduled to be on CNN. We were supposed to talk about the investigation and seizure of these devices, and right in the beginning of the set, they suspended us and they went to John Brennan, who was somewhere speaking … and then he went on a 10-minute rant about the president,” Kerik told hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak on Wednesday.
“As somebody that led through the worst terror attack in our country’s history, and knows how important unity is, especially on a day like today, in the aftermath of this, I just found it appalling that CNN would use this time to let this guy go on this political rant about the president, and I walked off,” Kerik continued.
“I took off the earpiece and the mic and I left,” he added. “I can’t stand it. It just turns my stomach what these people are doing, and it’s wrong.”
The 63-year-old former police officer found CNN’s focus all “wrong” as Brennan spewed about Trump and essentially blaming the president for the attacks after one package addressed to him was sent to CNN’s New York office, causing the evacuation of the building. A law enforcement official later revealed that the pipe bomb and white powder delivered to CNN headquarters were harmless.
“They should be focused on the investigation, focused on getting the information the FBI has to the public in case somebody knows something. Get the visuals out to the public if they’ve seen something. I just think it’s wrong,” Kerik said.
He initially had promoted his upcoming CNN appearance on Twitter.
— Bernard B. Kerik (@BernardKerik) October 24, 2018
He later tweeted that he wanted “no part of it.”
NOTE TO. @CNN… 6 explosive devices were seized over the last two days destined to kill Americans, and all you guys are concerned with is @JohnBrennan’s bashing @POTUS @realDonaldTrump. Today is the day we should have unity not divisiveness. I want no part of it.
— Bernard B. Kerik (@BernardKerik) October 24, 2018
“So they had you there to talk about the mail bombs, and you had to listen to a political rant by John Brennan, and they wanted you to address the politics, and you said you’re not doing that?” Breitbart Tonight co-host Pollak asked.
“They didn’t even get to that part because I didn’t wait for him to finish. I wasn’t going to stand there and listen to more of his rhetoric,” Kerik responded. “Here’s the problem: pre-interview and right up until this guy began to talk, I listened to everybody on CNN talking about how disruptive and terrible it is for people to be uncivil.”
“Nobody talked about Maxine Waters. Nobody talked about Eric Holder encouraging people to engage in violence. Nobody talked about a U.S. congressman attacked and shot on a baseball field. You know what? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” he continued.
“They make themselves out to be this group or this organization that’s trying to help when they are more divisive than anything else I’ve heard,” he added. “It’s just wrong.”
Kerik found plenty of support for his decision on Twitter.
First of all, thank you sir for protecting us, second of all, allow me to make formal salute to you for your ethics and bravery 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
— Dr Kiumars Kiani (@DrKiumars) October 25, 2018
Thank you for doing the right thing and walking off set. The level of hate being thrown around right now is extremely alarming. I would like to go to so called News Netowrks and see the facts. I watch @CNN and hear not only our Pres.but supporters of the pres vilified.
— Cindy Wood Wilkerson (@wilkie4) October 25, 2018
CNN doesn’t want unity…Sad but TRUE.. Thank you for your honorable service… If only our media was as honorable as you and not so divisive…
— ⚡️Peni Basse 💫 (@pmbasse) October 25, 2018
I am following you now just because you did not just stay while this bomb incident was turned into a political bashing. Thank you!
— Luann38 (@luann_38) October 25, 2018
Good for him, the patriots have his back!
— Angela Church (@angelac1971) October 25, 2018
Finally, someone with principle!
— Unsilent Majority (@MajorUnsilent) October 25, 2018
It’s almost as if CNN cares more about manipulating people feelings against Trump, as opposed to reporting the news.
— Patrick McGuinness (@patmcguinness) October 25, 2018
Thank you for being an honest broker even if it cost you a paycheck. There are things that are bigger. You are a true patriot and American hero. Thank you for your service.
— Blue Wives Lives Matter (@plagens_k) October 25, 2018
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