In a disgusting display of just how little the liberal media loves the United States, CNN has lumped America with China, Saudi Arabia, and Iran when it comes to human rights abuses. The foul comparisons came in a New Day segment on the news that, in a protest over Chinese human rights abuses, the US will not send any government officials to the Chinese Olympics, although American athletes will be permitted to participate.
That led panelist Mara Schiavocampo to use “human rights” organizations on the left to smear the United States into a kinship with some of the world’s worst human-rights abusers:
“When we’re talking about the United States’ role in the global community, it’s worth noting there are a number of international organizations that continue to call the United States out on our own human rights abuses, including things like the death penalty, which puts us in the company of Saudi Arabia and Iran, the highest incarceration rates in the country [sic, world?].
“So, I think if we’re talking about our place in the global stage, holding others to account is incredibly important. But directing that same energy at protecting [sic] the United States’ human rights abuses is also important.”
If the death penalty is prima facie a “human rights abuse,” does that mean CNN opposed executing Timothy McVeigh for blowing up a government building full of people? Is it really a “human rights” platform to empty out the prisons?
But this is CNN, so there was no debate to be held. Co-host John Berman and CNN commentator S.E. Cupp just piled on. Berman responded “right” to Schiavocampo’s slur on the US.
Cupp said defending America would put U.S. Olympians in a difficult situation. “When you’re openly vocal as a government about the host country’s human rights abuses, then of course the spotlight is going to be then on the athletes who go.”
No country is perfect. But to even broach American shortcomings in the same breath as those of China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia is beneath contempt and reflects both deep ignorance and deep disdain for our country.
Note: Schiavocampo has been around the MSM block many times, with past gigs at ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, MSNBC, Current TV, Yahoo!, NPR, Ebony Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Dr. Oz Show, and Uptown.
Perhaps Schiavocampo is now auditioning for a CNN slot. In addition to her New Day appearance this morning, she was also a guest on Brian Stelter’s CNN show yesterday. Schiavocampo’s anti-American shot this morning should suit the CNN suits to a T.
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Here’s the transcript.
6:01 am ET
JOHN BERMAN: In major diplomatic news overnight, a diplomatic boycott of the Olympic games in China. Sources tell CNN the Biden administration is expected to announce this week that no U.S. government officials will attend the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. That’s just a couple of months from now. The move would allow the United States to send a message on the world stage to China about its human rights abuses, without preventing athletes from competing. Joining me now, CNN political commentator S.E. Cupp, and journalist and host of the Run Tell This podcast, Mara Schiavocompo.
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And this predates, just so people know, this predates the issue with Peng Shuai, the tennis player who disappeared and then appeared in that video, maybe under duress. This has much more to do, Mara, with the treatment of the Uighers, the Muslim minority, which some people call a genocide, flat out.
MARIA SCHIAVOCAMPO: Yeah, so the issues that the United States are calling to be addressed are incredibly significant, and it’s important for them to be addressed. And one thing that it is nice to see is the United States take that place on the global stage where they are holding countries to account for these human rights issues.
But I think, when we’re talking about the context of the Olympics especially, it’s important to keep in mind that one of the most important, one of the most famous, Olympic protests in history was Tommy Smith and John Carlos with that black fist in the air in 1968.
So when we’re talking about the United States’ role in the global community, it’s worth noting there are a number of international organizations that continue to call the United States out on our own human rights abuses, including things like the death penalty, which puts us in the company of Saudi Arabia and Iran, the highest incarceration rates in the country [sic, world?].
So, I think if we’re talking about our place in the global stage, holding others to account is incredibly important. But directing that same energy at protecting [sic] the United States’ human rights abuses is also important.
BERMAN: Right. First of all, China will absolutely say that. They will say, get your own house in order before you tell us what to do in our own internal politics. That, in fact, is part of their statement: don’t meddle in our internal politics there.
But, again, this is a show that China very much wants to go on without a hitch. It now has a major hitch. And now, there’ll be a lot of focus on what do athletes do when they win a medal? Do they decide to protest? It’s a fair question.
S.E. CUPP: It is. And it puts them really on the spot. And we saw this in the last Olympics. When you’re openly vocal as a government about the host country’s human rights abuses, then of course the spotlight is going to be then on the athletes who go.
And they will not only have to talk about what China has done, but what the U.S. has done. And maybe even be in a position to defend that. And I don’t, I’m not sure that’s why a lot of athletes get into the business of being athletes.