Jun 30, 2020
CNN reporter’s reaction to death of Daily Caller columnist Betsy Rothstein draws outrage
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The media world is mourning the death of popular Daily Caller gossip columnist Betsy Rothstein, who lost a long battle with cancer on Sunday — but a CNN reporter came under fire for oddly claiming that almost “everyone mourning her online” is white.
Rothstein was a beloved figure in Washington, D.C. media circles, with friends on all sides of the political spectrum.Fox News’ Tucker Carlson called her “the most honest person I’ve ever met,” while New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi penned a tribute to her friend.
“It was an honor to love Betsy,” Nuzzi wrote.
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CNN reporter Nathan McDermott, part of the liberal network’s K-FILE investigative unit, shocked media peers when he attempted to politicize Rothstein’s death on Monday night.
CNN reporter Nathan McDermott was slammed for his reaction to the death of Daily Caller columnist Betsy Rothstein.
“I didn't know Betsy Rothstein and only read her occasionally, and I am sad that she passed away, but there's clearly a divide in values political journalists hold when (almost) everybody mourning her online is a white reporter who covers DC,” McDermott wrote.
“And I do appreciate the irony that occurs when provocateurs who disdain sanctimony die and people get outraged when you don't say they were perfect,” McDermott added in a follow-up tweet.
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McDermott was immediately criticized on Twitter for the remarks. Many of Rothstein’s friends and colleagues used colorful language to express how they felt. The Daily Caller told the CNN reporter to “do us all a favor and log off forever,” while others expressed disbelief.
CNN executive Matt Dornic even responded that he “doesn’t support” McDermott’s tweet.
"I’m grieving my friend right now. All I’m asking is that you don’t generalize it as a CNN position,” Dornic wrote.
CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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2 Oklahoma officers are charged with second-degree murder in mans 2019 deathBy Jay Croft and Kay Jones | CNN
Two Oklahoma police officers were charged with second-degree murder this week in the Taser death of a 28-year-old man last year, authorities report.
The charges follow a season of protests against police brutality and systemic racism after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Jared Lakey, 28, died on July 6, 2019, after being tased multiple times by officers Joshua Taylor, 25, and Brandon Dingman, 34, of the Wilson Police Department.
The town is about 100 miles south of Oklahoma City.
The officers were responding to a call that “involved Lakey acting in a disorderly way,” according to a statement from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI).
“When Lakey would not comply with commands from the officers, Taylor and Dingman used their Tasers multiple times,” the statement says.
“A Carter County deputy eventually responded to the scene and was able to assist with getting Lakey in custody. Shortly thereafter, Lakey stopped breathing and became unresponsive. Lakey was transported to the hospital in Healdton and then to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, which is where he died.”
CNN affiliate KXII obtained an affidavit that says the officers were called because Lakey was reportedly screaming and running naked down a street in Wilson, the station reported.
OSBI public information officer Brook Arbeitman said Lakey did not cooperate with officers, the station reported.
“According to court documents, Officer Dingman deployed his Taser 23 times for a total of 114 seconds of tasing over nine minutes. Officer Taylor deployed his Taser 30 times for 122 seconds total,” the station reported.
Lakey made no aggressive moves, and the officers did not try to restrain him, KXII reported.
The OSBI statement says it then investigated and sent a report to the district attorney, who issued arrest warrants for the officers on Wednesday.
Both officers turned themselves in to the Carter County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. They were booked on one count each of second-degree murder.
The officers were released after each posted a $250,000 bond, the OSBI statement says. CNN is attempting to reach their attorneys.
“It’s not often that we see law enforcement criminally prosecuted. The actions of these officers justifies criminal charges,” said Lakey family attorney Steven Terrill in a statement to CNN.
“The video of this incident, which our firm has worked to get released for some time, is a heart-wrenching and disturbing account of a young man dying due to the direct actions of law enforcement.”
“The actions of the district attorney in filing second degree-murder charges is a big step in providing the public with the security that law enforcement is going to be held accountable,” Terrill said.
The Daily Ardmoreite newspaper obtained a statement on Wednesday from District Attorney Craig Ladd explaining the delay in filing charges.
The OSBI investigation lasted seven months, and Ladd’s search for an expert on use of force to review evidence added another three months, the paper reported. The COVID-19 pandemic also reportedly slowed the process by making meetings harder to schedule, the paper said.
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