"CNN has hired reporter April Ryan, who has repeatedly clashed with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in recent days, as a political analyst," Andrew Kugle reports at the Free Beacon.
According to the Free Beacon:
Back in February, Ryan accused President Trump of making a racially-charged comment that he never said.
"When he was Candidate Trump, he said things like, you know, ‘We made this country,' meaning white America, not necessarily black," Ryan said during a White House press briefing.
"I don't know why you would say that. What do you mean?" Spicer asked.
"No, no, no. He said that. I heard him say that," Ryan said.
"Ryan could not provide evidence that Trump made the statement when asked to do so," the Beacon reports. (emphasis added) "Nonetheless, she persisted that Trump said the remark and told people to look it up themselves."
What she should have done is to present her evidence then and there for all to see -- or else withhold from attacking. Clearly, this episode does not speak well of April Ryan, no matter if she's hired by a hundred CNNs.
Meanwhile, let's think a moment about racism. As a general principle applicable to all of us, I would suggest that anyone who is determined to view all things, and to assess all things, and to "report" on all things through the lens of skin color and race is by defnition a racist.
And what a sad, tiny, misdirected, and dehumanizing existence that would be.
And how much better is it to be a liberated human being who can think and live beyond the thinness of skin. Who can enjoy the diversity of life without elevating it into an idol that falsely condemns and truly destroys.
Racist reporting and thinking are skin deep -- a way of non-being and alienation far too shallow for the depth and wonder of what it means to be a human being. No one should have to live that way -- much less embrace it.
There is no doubt in my mind that April Ryan and her new colleagues at CNN are better than this. Far better.
Unfortunately, and I yearn that this were not the case, it may take them a lifetime to escape the seductive chains of power through pigmentation -- a god that loves hate. A shortcut that never gets you home.
Right now, however, with this new hire, CNN reinforces its reputation as a propagandistic echo chamber. A bully pretending to serve. Free minds go elsewhere for food and drink.