CNN wants nothing more than grieving victims. Friday night a shooting victim's brother rips CNN and gets cut off before he can finish making his point.
Stevante Clark made headlines this week when he stormed into a Sacramento, California city meeting. He jumped on the dais and created a lot of commotion after his brother, Stephon, was short by police in early March.
CNN was hopeful that that type of student would generate more headlines and big ratings for CNN. The only problem is it backfired big-time.
— #BreakingLu (@BreakingLu) March 29, 2018
Per The American Mirror:
“How’s your family holding up? Are are you holding up?” Don Lemon asked Clark.
Stevante didn’t answer, but instead rang a bell that was off camera.
After several awkward moments of silence as Clark stared at the camera, Lemon finally said, “What does that mean?”
“Next question,” Clark answered, glaring at the camera.
“Okay…um, obviously you are in grief right now,” Lemon continued.
“I am not in grief,” Clark interrupted. “We haven’t slept. We haven’t ate. The media keeps following us everywhere we go. The only person that got the message, and that was just before we came on the air, and that was the mayor,” he said, adding the city is going to build a library as he choked back tears.
Clark started to go off the rails, snarling to gather his emotions and repeatedly saying, “I am,” to someone off camera.
He said people are going to work together, saying, “What the media does is they wait till a loved one dies, they swarm that person, they put them in grief, they ruin their lives forever,” he said, leaning forward and glaring into the camera.
“Their lives are never the same,” he added.
Clark claimed he wasn’t “blaming the media, but the way you guys treat us…” before again talking to people off camera.
Lemon asked Clark to “get a word in” so “we can get something out of this interview.”
Clark called on Lemon to say his brother’s name, and as Lemon was attempting to make a point, Clark said, “Don Lemon, say his name.”
“So tell me about your brother, please,” Lemon said as Clark sat back and threw his hands into the air.
“Don Lemon, say…his…name,” Clark repeated.
“Listen, you’re in grief, I’m sorry for that,” Lemon responded as Clark again threw his hands in the air in disgust.
“You messed up on our name, you sent our driver late, that’s messed up,” Clark said before Lemon cut him off.
“Thank you brother,” Lemon said in the usually short segment.
CNN only wants your opinion if you fit their viewpoint. This gives an inside look of what type of stuff these poor victim's families have to deal with after a shooting.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the Clark family as they deal with, not only the loss of a family member, but the full-court press put on by Don Lemon and company and CNN and the other media outlets across the country.
More reactions from Twitter:
People critiquing Stevante Clark need to stop. He didn't ask to become a public figure or a spokesperson for anything. I will tell you right now, if it were my sister murdered by police, my reaction would not be bound by your sense of respectability.
— Dystopian Scribe (@MsKellyMHayes) March 30, 2018
Anyone else see Stevante Clark's interview with Don Lemon just now? Because... yikes. #CNN
— Isabelle Morales (@IsabelleAliciaa) March 29, 2018
Stevante Clark is bleeding in public and it is devastating to me. This shouldn't be. He should be able to mourn his brother's death.
— #Prisonculture (@prisonculture) March 29, 2018
"The mayor and the city of Sacramento has failed all of you."
The Sacramento City Council recessed after Stevante Clark, brother of Stephon Clark, delivered an emotional speech criticizing the city's treatment of minority residents.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 29, 2018
Please watch this sad gut wrenching interview.. Don lemon gets called out and made a fool by a powerful #BLM voice Stevante Clark.Don screws up every way.. @CNN @donlemon made to look a fool and ..Stevante stays loving and strong! I am disgusted by white police going unpunished
— Rigel2020 (@rigel2020) March 29, 2018