Yesterday, December 14, 2019, I was at my parents' home talking to them at the kitchen table with the Army/Navy football game coverage on in the background. I am not a Donald Trump fan, I have noted this on multiple occasions.
But I noticed Trump standing stoically during the inclement weather of the national anthem. I wondered to myself if Trump at the Army/Navy game would make news.
It did, but not on CNN. Trump Receives Huge Ovation from Fans - The Daily Mail
The 120th version of the Army/Navy Game? Not on CNN. Army vs. Navy - ESPN
Then I noticed something. A small story popped up on the Daily Mail last night. (18 hours ago.)
Then throughout the day, similar stories started popping up on different websites.
- 5:23 PM at NBC News
Then, surprise surprise, there may or may not have been a white power hand gesture made by a cadet that was picked up during the Army/Navy telecast, and guess who splashed it on their front page?
The connotation from CNN being, Trump at Army/Navy Game, White Power symbol being flashed at Army/Navy Game.
I know CNN hates Trump, but as I talked to my parents at the kitchen table, my Dad said "there doesn't seem to be any respect for the OFFICE of the presidency anymore." And even though I didn't vote for Trump in 2016, and I definitely won't be voting for him in 2020, I couldn't disagree with his assessment.
When I was a kid, the gesture in question just meant okay. Last time I used this specific hand gesture to signify okay? I don't know, like 2 months ago on a Beacon of Speech webcast.
The gesture is also popular with the kids today in something called The Circle Game. I have never played the Circle Game.
And lastly, as of 2019, the Anti-Defamation League has added the okay symbol as a subtle White Power reference. I have never used the okay symbol as a WP reference.
How is CNN going to differentiate between the three? Oh, this problem is just beginning....
Addendum 12-18-19: On House Impeachment Day, CNN doubled down:
Why We Must Take White Supremacist Symbols Seriously
Number of paragraphs before CNN tied White Supremacy to the Trump Administration? 6